To no one’s surprise, five-star center and Oregon native Nathan Bittle committed to the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday.
Experts in the industry have been predicting that move for a while now, though it does sting a little bit more for Arizona after it saw Ben Gregg, a four-star forward from Oregon, commit to Gonzaga last week.
Breaking: Nate Bittle, ESPN’s No. 8-ranked prospect in the class of 2021, has announced his commitment to @OregonMBB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 15, 2020
Bittle is the No. 17 player and No. 2 center in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He was also considering UCLA and Gonzaga.
So…what’s next for Arizona in the 2021 recruiting cycle? Some prospects to watch for are four-star wing Shane Nowell, four-star forward DaRon Holmes, four-star guard D’Marco Dunn, five-star power forward Moussa Diabate, and JuCo center Jamarion Sharp.
A more in-depth breakdown of those guys—and Arizona’s chances of landing them—can be found here.
So far the Wildcats have a commitment from four-star combo guard K.J. Simpson. The Wildcats’ class is expected to be smaller than usual since they only have two seniors and no surefire NBA Draft picks on their 2020-21 roster.