Apparently, the chic thing to do for the top prospects in the country is to commit with a friend. Chicago AAU teammates Matthew Humphrey and Michael Dunigan are taking their game to the Pac-10.
The Mean Streets duo verbally committed to Oregon on Monday, Humphrey confirmed.
"It was getting really hectic with the recruiting process and Oregon just seemed like the best place for me and my family," Humphrey said. "I figured why not go ahead and do it. From a basketball standpoint, it was the best fit for me and all of the other stuff will take care of itself if I work hard. I've been out there before and think it's all going to be a good place to be."
Humphrey, a smooth shooting 6-foot-5 guard from Hales Franciscan, and Dunigan, a 6-foot-10 center from Farragut, are the second and third commitments for Oregon in 2008. In-state guard Drew Wiley verbally committed during the school year.
Georgia AAU teammates Al-Farouq Aminu and Tony Woods pledged to Wake Forest at the same time last week. Humphrey said his decision to play at Oregon was an individual decision.
"It wasn't like we both wanted to do it together. We had to do what was best for ourselves and similar schools were recruiting us," Humphrey said. "When it became obvious that they were serious about both of us, that was pretty cool. But it was an individual thing. They recruited us on our own, not as a package deal or anything like that. They would have been just as happy with one of us."
Humphrey and Dunigan give the Ducks a nice 1-2 punch. Humphrey is a skilled left-handed shooter with good size and a good student in the classroom. The same can be said for Dunigan, who is coming off a tremendous showing at the Nike Peach Jam.
Humphrey said he's looking forward to the Pac-10 competition.
"Hopefully I can come in a play right away. Oregon has found a way to make guys at my position play really well. They also give me the best opportunity to get to the next level the fastest," Humphrey said. "If I can get it done, I can possibly graduate in three years with the quarter system that they use there. It's going to be good."