The Oregon Ducks have added Roman Sorkin, a 6’9, 225-pound power forward/center from Israel to their roster. Sorkin has enrolled at the university and is eligible to play immediately.
NetScouts Basketball scouted Sorkin at the U18 European “B” Championships last summer in Bulgaria. Sorkin was impressive in his nine games there averaging 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds. He was the fifth leading rebounder and fourth leading shot blocker (1.4 pg) at the event. Sorkin pulled down a event-high 24 rebounds in a contest against Estonia.
He has a nice touch on a mid-range shot and is a solid free throw shooter for a big (26-of-32, 81.3% at the U18’s). He could ultimately be a stretch-4 at the next level, according to Amir Uzi, his youth team coach in Israel. Based on his skill level he would have been a Top-100 level recruit had he been playing in the USA.
Sorkin brings much needed size to an Oregon team that has been over-achieving thus far this season. Since he’s just starting to practice with the team it will probably be some time before he sees any significant court minutes, However, depending on how 6’10 Michael Chandler progresses, Sorkin may be seen sooner rather than later. He should battle for a starting spot as soon as next season.
Sorkin’s YouTube highlight clip can be viewed here:
Sorkin’s arrival in Eugene coincides with a visit from Arizona on Thursday night. The Wildcats, another subscriber to our scouting service, has 7-foot freshman Serbian center Dusan Ristic on their roster. Ristic has been backing up fellow 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski and has shown good potential in his limited minutes. He scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds in 11 minutes of action in Arizona’s win over Arizona State on Sunday. Ristic should start at center for the Wildcats next season before likely heading to the NBA.
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