select-printing

Articles

Les Schwab Invitational - First Round Standouts

by Transition Hoops Report

Here’s a look at the first round standouts from the Les Schwab Invitational (LSI) at Liberty High School near Portland, Oregon. The LSI is one of the top tournaments in the northwest and provided a great opportunity to see top players and emerging prospects to go head to head.

Class of 2015

Devonte Dennis (6’0 PG Westview HS, OR) – showed he could be a playmaker against one of the best teams in the country.  Dennis was fearless going to the basket or pulling up for his mid range jumpshot.  His quickness and change of pace allow him to make plays with the ball in his hands.  He would be a great player in the NWAC. 

Seth Erickson (6’3 SG South Salem HS, OR – signed at Montana Tech) – showed his ability to explode off the ground.  He rebounds above the rim and when he shoots his pull up jumpshot he can separate from the defender with his elevation.  Erickson also displayed some deep range.

Drew Eubanks (6’10 C Reynolds HS, OR – signed at Oregon State) – played hard from start to finish.  He contested every shot and dominated the interior.  Eubanks finished around the rim and continues to improve his back to the basket game.  He has only been playing basketball for 3 years and his upside is tremendous.

Connor Fohn (6’0 SG South Salem HS, OR) – had a great night shooting the ball.  He can knock it down off the dribble or catch and shoot.  He does a nice job of moving without the ball to get quality looks.  Fohn would be a great D3 player.

Jack Frazier (6’1 PG South Salem HS, OR) – made game winning plays throughout the game.  He filled out the stat sheet by scoring, rebounding, passing, and defending.  Frazier is tough as nails and is a great lead guard.  He is a no brainer small college prospect.

Gabe Garrett (6’4 SF Jefferson HS, OR) – showed a ton of hustle and grit.  Garrett plays really hard crashing the boards every possession and running the floor hard.  He is also a strong and versatile defender.  Garrett would be a really good NWAC player. 

Quintus Hall Jr. (6’4 SF Jefferson HS, OR) – tough player that guarded the other teams best player.  Hall knocked down multiple 3 pointers and was very selective on the shots he took.  Hall would be a nice NWAC player.

Jazz Johnson (5’10 PG Lake Oswego HS, OR – signed at University of Portland) – had a great matchup with JaQuori McLaughlin.  Johnson controlled this particular matchup scoring 38 points.  He knocked down 3’s and put constant pressure on the defense getting to the line over 20 times.  Johnson is really strong with a wide body. 

Anthony Mathis (6’2 SG West Linn HS, OR – signed at New Mexico) – his smooth jumpshot was on display once again.  His release is effortless and he has a great understanding of how to get himself open without the ball.  Mathis plays the shooting guard position the way it is meant to be played.

DeJounte Murray (6’5 SG Rainier Beach HS, WA – signed at University of Washington) – shows his love for the game every time he steps on the court.  Murray plays with passion and can make every play.  He rebounded, defended and scored at all three levels.  Washington got a special one with Murray.

Vincinzio Riezer (6’5 SG Rainier Beach HS, WA) – showed a beautiful stroke with range beyond the 3 point line.  Riezer is a big wing with good footwork and an understanding of how to get open.  At 6’5 he is an intriguing prospect that could play at a really high level.  Riezer comes off the bench of a really good team and we are eager to see him play again.

Isaiah Robinson (6’10 C Jefferson HS, OR) – once again proved he is one of the elite shot blockers in the northwest.  He anticipates really well both on the ball and in helpside.  Even though he is still raw offensively, his back to the basket game has improved.  Robinson is a low major D1 project that will probably need a redshirt.

isaiah-robinson-les-schwab-invitational

Garrett Smith (6’3 SG Peninsula HS, WA) – the long athletic wing showed a nice burst of speed and athleticism to go with a smooth jumpshot.  Smith can make plays with and without the ball which makes him very efficient.  He would be a really good NWAC player.

Jake Spurgeon (6’6 SG Lakeridge HS, OR – signed at Seattle University) – finished with a nice game even though he started with early foul trouble.  Spurgeon does what he always does which is knock down perimeter shots.  He has a great feel and knows how to get open without the basketball. 

Deante Strickland (5’9 PG Central Catholic HS, OR) – like he has done every time we have seen him play, Strickland was fearless going to the rim creating open shots for teammates or drawing contact to get to the line.  He is a crafty finisher and a tough on ball defender.  Strickland is a solid NAIA or D2 player.

Kadeem Strickland (5’9 PG Jefferson HS, OR) – struggled in the first round.  Found himself in tough spots in the half court trap turning the ball over too much.  Strickland can still get by defenders and set up teammates but had a hard time finishing through contact.  He is a solid NAIA or D2 player. 

Class of 2016 

JaQuori McLaughlin (6’3 PG Peninsula HS, WA – verbal to University of Washington) – had a tough battle with Jazz Johnson whose physical and aggressive play rattled McLaughlin a bit.  Even though he struggled with foul trouble all game he still made some nice pull up mid range and 3 point jumpers. 

Malcom Porter (6’2 SF Jesuit HS, OR) – competed on every play in both games.  Porter is a heady wing that knows how to get open without the ball and attack close outs.  He rebounds out of his range and is a tough defender.  If he can show that he can consistently knock down perimeter jumpers he could be a prospect at the next level. 

Payton Pritchard (6’1 PG West Linn HS, OR – verbal to Oklahoma) – had his full game on display once again.  His jumpshot is picture perfect and handle is tight.  Pritchard plays really low to the ground and is always on balance.  He once again proved he is one of the best point guards in the country.

Keith Smith Jr (6’7 SF Rainier Beach HS, WA) – had an off night.  Smith has a high major body to go with a smooth jumper, good footwork, and a solid handle on the ball.  But he played with little urgency in this game.  As Rainier Beach gets deeper in the season, they will need the high major prospect that we have seen from Smith in the past.

Class of 2017

Cameron Parker (6’1 PG Jesuit HS, OR) – was much better in the late game than the first game of the day.  Parker knows how to make plays with the ball in his hands setting up teammates and creating shots for himself.  His level will be determined by how big and strong he gets. 

Geno West (6’2 SG Jefferson HS, OR) – his courage late in the game was noteworthy.  He stepped up and made a couple big 3’s late in the game to force overtime.  West is a good athlete and worth keeping an eye on.

Class of 2018

Immanuel Allen (6’1 SF Lakeridge HS, OR) – strong and fundamentally sound young prospect.  Allen showed great footwork and a nice touch around the basket for a freshman.  His future is bright and depending on how tall he gets and how much his perimeter skills develop will determine his level.  

More Information