Duck, Duck, Griz?
The Montana men's basketball team added to its roster this week with the transfer of Ahmaad Rorie from the University of Oregon.
The 6-foot-1 point guard from Tacoma, Washington was released from his scholarship this week, 247sports.com first reported, and Rorie will next suit up for the Grizzlies, according to sources at Montana.
Rorie averaged 18.8 minutes per game as a freshman during the 2014-15 season, scoring 4.1 points each time out. He added 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game and ranked third on the Ducks' roster with 66 assists.
Despite being a contributor as a freshman -- Rorie started 15 games and appeared in 36 for the Pac-12 Conference program -- he may have been looking at a reduction in minutes with Oregon's boon at the point.
Oregon picked up a point guard transfer of its own in Dylan Ennis from Villanova and also added five-star and four-star recruits Tyler Dorsey and Kendall Small, respectively, this offseason.
The Ducks also return guard Casey Benson, a sophomore.
Rorie's move from Eugene, Oregon into the Grizzlies' lineup won't come uncontested either. First he'll have to sit out a season because of NCAA transfer rules -- the guard will still have three years of eligibility come 2016 -- but the Griz are strong at point guard, too.
Starter Mario Dunn will only be a junior this season; he was honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference as a sophomore this past winter after averaging 8.8 ppg and 3.8 apg. UM also picked up Walter Wright this spring, a junior college point guard transfer from Snow College who averaged 22.3 ppg last season.
Wright will also be a junior this year.
The now former Ducks' connections to the Grizzlies start there.
He initially committed to play at California and signed in November 2013. Rorie de-committed when then head coach Mike Montgomery -- a former Grizzly head man (1977–86) -- retired the following April and was granted release from his national letter of intent.
Rorie did not play at Cal.
Current Montana head coach Travis DeCuire, who is set to begin his second season at the helm of his alma mater, was an assistant coach for the Golden Bears during Rorie's recruitment. DeCuire left Cal that spring as well and took over Montana's program when former coach Wayne Tinkle moved on to the Oregon State head position.
DeCuire also hails from the Rainier Valley of western Washington, playing his prep ball at Mercer Island High just outside of Seattle.