Bittle, No. 2 middle for 2021, commits to Geese
5:05 PM ETJeff BorzelloCloseESPN Workers Author Basketball recruiting insider.
Joined ESPN in 2014.
Graduate of College of Delaware.Paul BiancardiCloseBasketball Recruiting Nationwide Recruiting Director for ESPN.com
18 years of teaching expertise at Division I degree
Former Horizon League coach of the 12 months at Wright StateNate Bittle, who’s ranked No. eight general within the ESPN 100 and No. 2 amongst facilities for the Class of 2021, has dedicated to play basketball for Oregon, he advised ESPN on Tuesday.The 6-foot-11 Bittle, an Oregon native who attends Prolific Prep in California, selected the Geese over a ultimate checklist that additionally included Gonzaga, UCLA and Arizona. He took a number of visits to Oregon’s campus, whereas additionally taking official visits to his different three finalists final fall and winter.”I constructed an amazing relationship with the teaching workers,” Bittle stated. “They’ve all the time had a profitable program. Ever since I used to be a little bit child, it was a dream of mine to be an Oregon Duck.”I would like my household to see me play. That was crucial. My grandparents reside about 10-15 minutes away from me and so they have been very supportive. They’ve by no means missed a recreation. They’ve been at each recreation or have watched it on the pc.” Bittle is a talented middle with shot-making expertise and passing capability regardless of his dimension. He is an excellent 3-point shooter, will take a dribble right into a pull-up jumper and owns a reliable leap hook. His capability to go from the excessive or low publish is spectacular.Defensively, he covers floor properly along with his lengthy strides, size and 7-5 wingspan. He is a succesful rim-protector who rebounds with size. General, physique energy, inside stability and taking part in decrease within the publish will probably be his subsequent areas of progress.Bittle averaged 9.Three factors, 4.9 rebounds and 1.Three blocks final summer season for the West Coast Elite grassroots program on the Beneath Armour Affiliation circuit, then adopted that up by averaging 25.zero factors, 11.zero rebounds and 4.5 blocks for Crater Excessive College (Oregon).He’s Oregon’s first dedication within the 2021 class, and he is the second-highest-ranked prospect to decide to Oregon for the reason that ESPN recruiting database started in 2007. He is the fifth five-star prospect to select the Geese for the reason that 2017 class. Troy Brown went to Eugene in 2017, adopted by Bol Bol and Louis King in 2018 and C.J. Walker in 2019.Geese coach Dana Altman continues to be concerned with various top-tier prospects, led by elite guard Jaden Hardy, who’s the No. Four general prospect for the Class of 2021. Hardy’s brother, Amauri, transferred to Oregon from UNLV within the spring.”He is a superb coach and particular person,” Bittle stated of Altman. “He has constructed a profitable program.”