Oakland native Jabari Brown, the jewel of Oregon’s 2011 freshman class, has left the basketball program.
UO announced Brown’s’ departure before the Ducks beat Southeast Missouri State 86-61 on Sunday.
Brown, who attended Oakland HS last season after returning home from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., was averaging 6.0 points and shooting just 27.3 percent as a starter through two games and led the Ducks with 11 turnovers. But he averaged a team-best 15.4 points on Oregon’s five-game summer tour of Italy.
Brown was a five-star recruit and rated the nation’s No. 19 overall prospect by Rivals.com. Brown was recruited by a long list of schools, including Cal.
“I will say it up front, I don’t want him to leave,” coach Dana Altman said. “The door is still open.”
Here’s more from the Register-Guard in Eugene.
Meanwhile . . .
There are just three undefeated teams left in the Pac-12 Conference — Cal, Stanford and Oregon State — following Washington’s 77-64 loss at St. Louis.
— St. Louis 77, Washington 64: The Huskies (3-1) trailed 50-25 at halftime in their first road game of the season. Sophomore Terrence Ross had 17 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Tony Wroten Jr., scored 14 for UW. But the Huskies shot 42 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers.
— Oregon 86, SE . Missouri State 61: E.J. Singler scored a season-high 21 points and the Ducks (2-1) forced the Redhawks (1-3) into 19 turnovers to win in Eugene. Garrett Sim had 14 points and five assists for Oregon,which broke the game open with a 32-1 run spanning the two halves. Center Tony Woods, a transfer from Wake Forest, injured his ankle in the game and was taken for X-rays.
— Washington State 83, Portland 73: Faisal Aden scored 21 points and Brock Motum added 13 as the Cougars (2-1) topped the Pilots (2-2), who previously lost by 30 to Washington. Point guard Reggie Moore had eight assists, six rebounds and three steals.
— Colorado 81, Western Michigan 76: Carlon Brown scored 23 points and Austin Dufault added 16 as the Buffaloes (2-2) scored 50 second-half points to beat the Broncos (0-4) in the seventh-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.