It's no knock on the California basketball program by any means, but a chance to play with his longtime friend and teammate has come up for Drew Viney. Next weekend, Viney will visit Oregon, and if things go as expected, he will commit to the Ducks.
"Before I committed to California, I figured that Kamyron Brown would end up at Arizona," said Viney, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward from Villa Park (Calif.) High School. "When he decided to go to Oregon, it created a big opportunity for us to live out our biggest dream of playing college ball together."
Although a commitment to Oregon looks extremely likely, Viney will not finalize his decision until after he visits Oregon this weekend.
"Unless something pops up that makes me feel I can't go to school at Oregon, I'll end up going to school there with Kamyron," said Viney. "Although California really wanted me to stick to my commitment, they have been very understanding about this situation. I didn't want to burn a bridge with them. I want to keep the great relationship that I have with the California coaches and players because they are great people and I still want to go there if things don't work out with Oregon."
Viney, the No. 61 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior.
Drew Viney scouting report:
Skilled and smooth with the ball, Viney is an excellent passer. He can also score in a variety of ways. Defensively, he rebounds well with his length and sure hands, but does need to improve his strength and lateral quickness.