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Basketball: Ducks’ Dunigan turns pro

New Oregon coach Dana Altman’s squad was probably going to be the worst in the Pac-10 anyway, but things got worse Wednesday with the news that junior center Michael Dunigan has signed with a professional team in Israel.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported the news in its Wednesday editions, but here is a more up-to-date report from ESPN.com.

Dunigan signed with Hapoel Migdal of Jerusalem.

Dunigan was Oregon’s best big man (9.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and was regarded as perhaps the most promising post player recruited to Eugene by former coach Ernie Kent. The fact is, he severely underachieved at Oregon, rarely showing any real offensive game. He couldn’t even hold onto a spot in the starting lineup late last season for a team that finished 7-11 in the Pac-10.

Jeff Faraudo