EUGENE — The offseason reshaping of Oregon women’s basketball’s roster isn’t done yet.
The Ducks, who lost Taylor Chavez, Jaz Shelley, Taylor Mikesell and Angela Dugalic to Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State and UCLA, respectively, added Georgia State’s Taylor Hosendove and New Mexico’s Ahlise Hurst last week.
That gives Oregon 10 players for next season, but Kelly Graves said two more additions are likely on the way.
“We’ve got another one I can’t say and we’re expecting maybe even one more,” Graves said on The James Crepea Show on Fox Sports Eugene on Wednesday. “It’s been a busier May than normal, but a very productive one and I think in the end it’s going to be a real net positive for our team actually. ... We’re probably going to end up closer to 12.”
Hosendove led Georgia State with 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-1 guard shot 46.9% from the field, including 34.5% from three, and had 23 blocks and 33 steals in 24 games with 23 starts last season.
“She can play everywhere,” Graves said. “She can shoot it with range. She can beat you off the dribble. She’s a great, elite rebounder. She is a workhorse she is a true gym rat. I did my due diligence. I called everybody that I knew had experience with her. I really feel good about that. Taylor’s got the ability to make step into that (small/power forward) role and is experienced.”
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A Los Angeles native, Hosendove began her career at Clemson and will seek a waiver for immediate eligibility this fall, but may have to sit out before using her final two seasons of eligibility.
“We feel strongly that she has a pretty good case,” Graves said. “When you leave it up to the NCAA you just don’t know before. Taylor is prepared to sit out the season and she has a great attitude. She goes, ‘I’ll get better in the year. If I do have to sit out I’ll get better.’ I think she’s got a great attitude, she’s a baller.”
Hurst averaged 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 17 games with 16 starts at New Mexico last season. A 5-foot-9 guard, she shot 37.6% from the field including 33.8% from three.
Graves called Hurst a “big-time shooter” and believes she’s capable of scoring at a high level in the Pac-12, as she did when she scored 39 against Oklahoma as a freshman in 2018-19.
“I think she’s actually capable of scoring more but she’s a good playmaker, an elite defender,” Graves said. “In that void that Mikesell and Chavez and Shelley left, I think Ahlise can more than make up for.”
Beyond their statlines, the biggest attribute both Hosendove and Hurst add to Oregon is their game experience, which the Ducks sorely lack. The six returning Ducks all have just one season of playing experience and it came with nearly all empty arenas due to the pandemic.
“I love our core returning nucleus, I do,” Graves said. “I think it’s a good, good group. These other players can really fill in and help us where we might be deficient in one area or not. But the experience, no question, they can play; they’re going to be able to help us on the court.”