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Ray Kasongo, three-star JUCO forward, commits to Tennessee

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Tennessee landed its second commit of the day when former Oregon signee Ray Kasongo pledged to be a Volunteer.

“I feel truly blessed to officially announce that I will be attending the University of Tennessee,” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

Kasongo, the 6-foot-9 forward who spent last season at the College of Southern Idaho, was denied admission to the University of Oregon last August; the first of two 2014 recruits to be denied admission. He was later linked to a number of high-major schools before spending a year in the junior college ranks.

In 34 games at Southern Idaho, he averaged 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game.

Earlier on Tuesday, new head coach Rick Barnes landed his first recruit in Knoxville, as point guard Lamonte’ Turner committed to the Vols. Turner and Kasongo join Shembari Phillips and Admiral Schofield — holdovers from Donnie Tyndall’s only recruiting class — in Tennessee’s incoming class.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman: ‘We have had a bad year and we do have to address that’

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For Oregon head coach Dana Altman, four 20-plus win seasons and two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament have been overshadowed by the growing list of off-the-court issues involving members of his basketball team.

In the spring, three players — Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin — were all accused of sexual assault by a female student. While no charges were filed, all three were dismissed from school and are barred from campus for the next four years. Austin, who transferred midway through last year, had a been accused of sexual assault at his previous school, Providence.

Sine late July, Ray Kasongo and JaQuan Lyle, two Oregon commits, failed to enroll into school. Just this past week, Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit, two of the three returning scholarship players, were cited for shoplifting.

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On Thursday, after months of turmoil within his program, Altman spoke to reporters.

“We have had a bad year, and we do have to address that,” Altman said, via Austin Meek, columnist for the Register-Guard.

According to Meek, Altman has altered the team’s living arrangements. The Ducks are required to live across from the Matthew Knight Arena, in the same apartment complex as the graduate assistants. Whether or not those changes occurred after the Oct. 5 shoplifting incident was not stated.

With only nine scholarship players — just one standing taller than 6-foot-7 — the Ducks are in for an uphill battle in 2014-2015. It’s something Altman, who has exceeded on-the-floor expectations before at Oregon, will have to do again in Year 4, as he needs to also restore the image of the program in the process.

Oregon begins the season on Nov. 14 against Coppin State.

After long, strange recruitment Ray Kasongo reportedly going to JuCo

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The long and strange journey in the recruitment of Ray Kasongo appears to finally be over as the Class of 2014 forward is reportedly heading to the College of Southern Idaho, according to Joshua Parrott of the Basketball Times.

The 6-foot-9 Canadian forward was originally slated to go to Oregon but was denied admission from the school in July before he was linked to schools like Kansas, LSU, Cal, Memphis, Indiana and Michigan State.

SNY.tv‘s Adam Zagoria confirmed with College of Southern Idaho head coach Jared Phay that Kasongo is heading to the school.

“He did,” Phay told Zagoria by text Saturday morning. “He is on a plane to our campus as we speak. He is enrolled in classes and we start Monday. He is a great kid and we are excited to have him here.”

So we finally have a destination for Kasongo after weeks of reported visits and speculation. Although he isn’t heading to a Division I program this season, the College of Southern Idaho has produced a lot of high-level Division I players the last few years and Kasongo could be an intriguing junior college recruit in the near future.

Kasongo was regarded as a three-star prospect according to Rivals.