Oregon lands first verbal commitment of the 2019 recruiting class

6-foot-6 combo guard Chris Duarte could be one of the best Junior College players in the country by season's end

The Ducks got good news Thursday afternoon when 2019 shooting guard Chris Duarte committed to Oregon, just weeks after taking his official visit to Eugene.

Duarte, who is from Northwest Florida State, is a 6-foot-6 combo guard who has the potential to play on the wing or at point guard for the Ducks. He’s a lights-out shooter from long range, finish last season 36.7-percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in an all-conference performance last year.

"Northwest Florida State helped me grow as a player on and off the court," Duarte said. "I want to thank all of the staff who has helped me become the player I need to be to play at a Division-1 program like Oregon. I'm very excited and thankful for this opportunity."

According to a report by 247sports Oregon, Duarte has the potential to be one of — if not the top — Junior College prospect in the country by the time the 2018 season is over.

The Ducks have a rich history of taking JUCO players and turning them into all-conference performers. More recently, Elgin Cook and Chris Boucher are two players who came to Oregon from the JUCO ranks before transforming themselves into all-Pac-12 and NBA players.

"Chris is an outstanding student-athlete who represents Northwest Florida State well," NWF State head coach Steve DeMeo said. "The University of Oregon is the best decision for him and I am excited to see what his future holds as he finishes up his career as a Raider and heads to Eugene to play at the next level."