“We’re certainly looking forward to what Kavell will be able to add to our team,” said Altman. “He is a very skilled, very dynamic big man and I think our fans will be really excited to watch what he can do.”
The 6-10, 225-pound Bigby-Williams was selected as the Spalding NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Committee on Wednesday. He also was rated as the No. 3 junior college prospect nationally with a four-star ranking and a grade of 94 by 247Sports.com.
Bigby-Williams will be headed to a thriving program, as the Ducks are coming off a deep 2016 NCAA Tournament run.
“With Jordan Bell, Chris Boucher and now Kavell Bigby-Williams, it will be hard to find a better trio of shotblockers than what Oregon has,” Hoopniks.com.
Indeed, Bigby-Williams led the nation with 211 blocks this season and shot 59.2 percent from the field in earning NJCAA first team all-America honors. He had 28 double-doubles in 36 games as a sophomore for Gillette (Wyo.) College in 2016, averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 blocks per game.
Prior to his time at Gillette, the London, England, native played for Great Britain’s Under-20 and Under-18 national teams.
Bigby-Williams is the second straight NJCAA national player of the year to sign with the Ducks. Forward Chris Boucher, who set an Oregon record with 110 blocks in 2015-16, was the 2015 NJCAA national player of the year for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
Bigby-Williams is the fourth recruit signed by Oregon in its talented 2016 class, joining highly rated high schoolers M.J. Cage (Santa Ana, Calif.), Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.), and Keith Smith (Seattle, Wash.).
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services