Former Colorado guard Keeshawn Barthelemy commits to transfer to Oregon
Oregon’s offseason roster transformation took another, rather large step on Monday.
The Ducks have secured a transfer commitment from former Colorado starting point guard Keeshawn Barthelemy. A 6-foot-2 guard, Barthelemy will have three years of eligibility to play for the Ducks. He announced his decision via social media.
🦆X🇨🇦…1000% Committed pic.twitter.com/gIaTN8ID6O
— Keeshawn Barthélémy (@TheKee09) April 18, 2022
A native of Ontario, Barthelemy told 247Sports his relationship with Oregon wing Quincy Guerrier was the key factor in his recruitment, as he selected the Ducks over interest from Ohio State, Arizona State, and Arkansas, among others.
“The deciding factors were that Quincy Guerrier was there and was coming back. We played AAU together back in Canada. With that relationship with him, I feel like we can set that winning culture. That was the main reason,” Barthelemy told 247Sports’ Matt Prehm.
“And then the coaching staff. They are used to winning. They win a lot.”
After a redshirt year in 2019 and then a 2020 season spent almost entirely as a reserve (11 minutes a game in 30 appearances off the bench), Barthelemy stepped into an early starting role for the Buffs for the 2021-22 season.
He drew starts in each of the team’s first 28 games this past season, earning at least 30 minutes in five of the Buffs’ first nine contests. But an early scoring binge (61 points in his first three games) gave way to inconsistency as Barthelemy struggled with his shot.
Still, Barthelemy posted season averages of 11.1 points, 2.4 assists, and 2.4 boards a game while shooting 42% from the field, 35% from 3, and 83% from the foul line. Across the board (with the lone exception being his free throw percentage), Barthelemy posted career-highs. In Colorado’s final game of the year, a home loss to St. Bonaventure in the NIT, he had 15 points, two assists, and a block in 27 minutes off the bench.