The Oregon basketball team suffered more off-season attrition on Thursday as the school announced that junior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams has requested and been granted a release for transfer. The 6-foot-11 former junior college player of the year averaged 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds while adding 28 blocked shots in 37 games played.
During the Ducks’ Final Four stretch run he played an even more significant role following the season-ending injury to Chris Boucher.
Oregon spokesman Greg Walker released the following statement:
“Kavell Bigby-Williams has requested, and has been granted, a release for transfer. This does not mean that he will transfer, only that he has permission to explore the opportunity.
One of the core elements of our program is that we encourage players to do what they feel is in their best interest, and if Kavell feels he needs to explore other opportunities, we would certainly support that. Coach Altman is out of the office recruiting this week, but he and Kavell will be meeting on Monday, and we will move forward from there.”
Bigby-Williams joined junior guard Casey Benson (transfer), junior forward Dillon Brooks (NBA), sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey (NBA) and junior forward Jordan Bell (NBA) as key members of last season’s 33-win team leaving early in the off-season.
Next year will be another key test for veteran coach Dana Altman who has successfully rebuilt a roster several times in his seven years at Oregon and with numerous Pac-12 ready incoming freshmen and transfers should have the tools in place to do so again.