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A busy Tuesday for four-star commitments continued as a West Coast junior took himself off the market. Point guard Kendall Small has his pick and he'll be playing in the Pac-12.
The 6-foot point guard from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair announced that he would play his college ball for Dana Altman at Oregon on Tuesday afternoon.
"Playing in the Pac-12 at the point guard spot, you are playing against pros every night," Small's father Don told Rivals.com. "That's what he wants to do. He thought Oregon was the best fit for him and that he could get some time right away."
Currently ranked as the No. 69 player in the 2015 Rivals150, Small is a physical, fast and aggressive point guard. He gets into the lane, can score and is a pest defensively. The Ducks recruited him aggressively for some time and even though there were some bumps at time, the program and Altman won Small over.
"They did a great job recruiting him," said the elder Small. "Coach Fish was on him for about two years and we lost touch with them a little and they came back in. Once Kendall took the visit he liked what he saw up there.
"A small town but he liked what he saw going on up there. The team is a close knit group and how Dana Altman handles himself on the floor and away from practice he is very business savvy and a nice guy."
The Oregon staff indicated to Small that they need an impact point guard in the 2015 class and that ability to play right away sealed the deal.
"Coach told him their plan and that they needed a point guard," said Small. "Basically they said we need a guy like you to come in and play major minutes in their first year. They asked him are you that guy and he said he's ready to take that challenge."
A four-star prospect, Small is the first member of Oregon's 2015 recruiting class.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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