MBB AP Poll: Ducks to begin the season ranked No. 14 in the nation

Led by the nation's No. 4 recruiting class, optimism is high in Eugene

After missing out on the NCAA Tournament, head coach Dana Altman and the Oregon men’s basketball team have reason for optimism entering the 2018-19 season.

It appears the rest of the nation has belief in the Ducks as well as Oregon will begin play ranked No. 14 in the nation — per the preseason AP Poll.

The Ducks received 638 votes in the poll, the most by a Pac-12 team. No. 21 UCLA and No. 25 Washington are the remaining Pac-12 teams in the poll while Arizona, USC and Arizona State are all receiving votes.

The reason for optimism for the Ducks stems from their incoming recruiting class, ranked No. 4 in the nation. Five-star center Bol Bol is said to be a transcendent player while five-star wing Louis King is expected to be a high-scoring wing when he returns healthy.

Oregon returns point guard Payton Pritchard, shooting guard Victor Bailey Jr., power forward Paul White and center Kenny Wooten Jr. from last season’s 23-13 squad.

Six different teams are receiving first-place votes to begin the season but it’s Kansas who’s in the No. 1 overall spot. The Jayhawks are followed by Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke and Virginia to round out the top-five.