NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich added an explosive scorer to his backcourt Wednesday with the announcement that 6-foot-5 guard Chamberlain Oguchi will transfer to ISU from Oregon. Oguchi was a fixture in the Ducks lineup the past three years, and helped them reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season. He will sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have one season of eligibility with the Redbirds beginning in the 2008-09 campaign.
Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich was pleased with his recent addition to the ISU roster.
“Needless to say, we are very excited that Chamberlain will be joining our program,” said Jankovich. “His talent and experience will be a welcomed addition.”
Oguchi was one of the Pac-10 Conference’s most dangerous three-point threats during his time at Oregon. For his three-year career, Oguchi made 115 three-pointers and shot 31.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Oguchi appeared in 32 games last season, tallying 10 starts. The Houston native recorded six double-digit scoring efforts, including a season-high 25 points against Cal-Irvine (Nov. 17, 2006). He sprained his left ankle in a 57-50 upset over No. 18 Georgetown (Nov. 29, 2006), forcing him to miss the ensuing five games. Oguchi played in all four of Oregon’s 2007 NCAA Tournament games when the Ducks made a run to the Elite Eight.
In 2005-06, Oguchi ended the season on an offensive tear, netting 40 if his team-best 68 three-pointers in the final month of the season. Averaging 9.6 points-per-game, nine of his 13 double-figure scoring outputs came in the team’s last 10 contests. Oguchi was named to the Pac-10 all-tournament team after hitting a tournament record 14 three-pointers over a three-game stretch, including a career-high 26 points against Washington State in the tourney opener. He ended the campaign ranked fifth in the league at 2.1 three-pointers per-game. Oguchi was also an active rebounder in 2005-06, twice tying his career-high with eight caroms (Feb. 26 at UCLA and March 10 versus Cal).
In the 2004-05 campaign, Oguchi’s freshman year, he played in 22 games, but saw much more time in the second half of the season. Five of his six double-figure scoring games came during the last 10 games of the season. He ranked sixth on the team in scoring with 110 total points.
Coming out of George W. Bush High School in 2004, Oguchi was rated as the nation’s 74th best player by Rivals. That service also ranked him as the No. 16 shooting guard. He averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game as a senior, and scored 24.3 point s-per- game as a junior, hitting 124 three-pointers.