Joseph Young granted waiver at Oregon
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
No games have been played yet, but already the Pac-12 race is heating up.
Friday, Oregon found out that the NCAA granted a waiver to Houston transfer Joseph Young, and Young can play immediately, Oregon coach Dana Altman confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The news cements Oregon as a top contender for a Pac-12 title, along with Arizona.
“Joe will play both guard spots and will give us some scoring,” Altman said in a text message.
A 6-3 guard, Young averaged 18 points per game last season at Houston. He will add to the 18th-ranked Ducks’ already deep backcourt, which features Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Johnathan Loyd.
Altman has a strong track record of successfully integrating transfer players into his program in recent years — like Rice’s Arsalan Kazemi, a standout on last year’s squad. This season, the Ducks also have UNLV transfer Mike Moser in the frontcourt.
The ability for transfer athletes to receive waivers to play immediately has been a hot topic in college basketball lately — simply because there have been so many. Just this week, Georgetown found out UCLA transfer Josh Smith would be able to play right away, a year after he participated in six games last fall for the Bruins. Smith has two full years of eligibility left at Georgetown, despite playing in parts of five semesters at UCLA.
Young’s waiver request was approved after his father was reassigned on the Houston staff, which is what prompted Young to leave the program.
Interestingly enough, Oregon and Georgetown open the season against one another on Nov. 8.
Nicole Auerbach, a national college basketball reporter for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @NicoleAuerbach.