There are people all over the Midwest learning how to properly pronounce the word Oregon. It's Or-gun. Not Or-a-gone. Just ask Malik Hairston, Tejuan Porter and now Chicago native Joevan Catron. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward from Thornton High School committed to the Ducks over the weekend.
Catron officially visited the Pac-10 school and decided he saw enough of Eugene to give the Ducks a verbal commitment.
"It's real nice out there. It's a nice school and nice scenery. It's pretty calm, calm enough where you can get your work done and not be bothered," Catron said. "Plus, I feel like they can give me the best opportunity to get to the NBA when I'm done with college."
The undersized bruiser picked the Ducks over interest from Georgia, Florida and Illinois.
"I really like coach (Ernie) Kent and (Kenny) Payne," Catron said. "They are great guys. The Nike headquarters is up there and I'm a big shoe fan so it made a lot of sense."
The Ducks are adding a player that knows how to use his body for rebounds and more importantly knows how to win basketball games. He helped lead Thornton to a national prep ranking during the high school season last year. Catron hopes to infuse that attitude right away.
"I feel like I'm going to make a big impact there," Catron said. "I want to give them the most that I can if they give me a chance. I want to show what I can do."