Fresh off its first Final Four in program history, the Ducks are capitalizing on the momentum by using it on the recruiting trail.
Less than a week ago, Oregon secured the commitment of Sydney Parrish, the nation’s No. 1 guard. The Ducks have found Parrish’s frontcourt running mate when four-star forward Angela Dugalic committed to Oregon over the weekend.
“One main reason why I like Oregon is the family feel,” Dugalic told The Oregonian. “Illinois-to-Oregon, it’s pretty far. I’m good with distance, but I know there are points for everyone that it’s hard. You’ve grown up with your family for almost 18 years, so that support away from home is important. I also like how the coaches see you in the future — not only how you’d play, but how you’d impact the program.”
Dugalic, who is from Maine West High School in Des Moines, Illinois, is the nation’s No. 7 forward and No. 33 overall prospect. Standing at 6-foot-4, she averaged 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game last season as a junior.
With the Ducks expected to lose guard Sabrina Ionescu and forward Ruthy Hebard after next season, Dugalic and Parrish’s arrival couldn’t come at a batter time.
"Lastly, how they treat my family. My parents are from Serbia, they came here, they mean a lot to me," Dugalic told The Oregonian. "Coach Graves has been here for a home visit and he treats my parents with respect. I value that a lot. It shows he’s a good person.”