Les Schwab Invitational
by Transition Hoops Report
The 20th Annual Les Schwab Invitational took place at Liberty High School near Portland, Oregon where 12 teams from Oregon competed against top teams from Washington as well as Oak Hill Academy (VA) and DeMatha (MD). This tournament is always a great chance to see top regional players face off against one another and discover under the radar prospects that may have a future in college.
We also got a chance to see a game over at Wilsonville, where Pendleton took on Churchill.
Curious about how the 2015 LSI compares to 2014? Click here to read about who looked good last year. See any familiar names?
Class of 2016
Jashaun Agosto (5'11 PG Garfield HS, WA) - showed off his quickness and that he can really knock down the outside shot off the catch when he gets in rhythm.
Alphonso Anderson (6'7 PF Garfield HS, WA) - though he didn't have his best game against Beaverton, the Montana signee played hard and battled on the glass.
Niko Bevens (6’5 SG Beaverton HS, OR) – has a very quick release and a deadly 3 point shooter when he gets an open look. He is a small college player for a program looking for a long wing that can stretch the floor.
Ben Borja (6’7 C Southridge HS, OR) – is a long interior player with a nice jump hook over both shoulders. He affects shots in the paint and can rebound out of his range. Borja is raw and would be a nice project for a small college.
Terrell Brown (6'2 PG Garfield HS, WA) - Brown was very good defending on the ball. He knows how to get his team in to their offense. He'd be a good fit at the NAIA/D2 level.
Ben College (6'1 SG Central Catholic HS, OR) - College showed that he can really shoot off the catch and with range. He has a knack for always getting his shoulders squared up. College is capable of playing at the small college level.
Brooks De Bisschop (6’8 PF West Linn HS, OR) – nice stretch 4 with a soft touch on his jumpshot. He can stretch out the defense sitting in the corner for 3’s or pick and pop opportunities. He can also battle inside defensively making him an intriguing prospect for a small college.
Mitchell Fink (6'0 PG Clackamas HS, OR) - Fink is a hard working defender that could be an asset on a roster at a small college.
Max Garrett (6’3 SG Southridge HS, OR) – great shooter with range well beyond the 3 point line. Garrett moves well without the basketball and has a nice feel for the game. He would be a good player for a small college looking for a shooter.
Jacob Hintemeyer (6'7 C Southridge HS, OR) - not afraid to bang around in the post, Hintemeyer was physical and showed good touch on his shot around the basket with his right hand. His size and physical play will give him a chance to play at a small college.
Charles Jones (6’2 PG David Douglas, OR) – showed he can score, defend, and attack at an elite level through double teams and against elite players. He has a scorer's mentality and is a great athlete. Jones will probably be going the junior college route but has D1 potential.
Lane Josi (6’8 SF Liberty HS, OR) – is a long wing with a soft touch on his jumpshot. His size allows him to see over defenses and deliver some nice passes.
Isaac Mbuyamba (6’7 PF Parkrose HS, OR) – strong body and athletic. He has signed at Kennesaw State.
Malcolm Porter (6'3 PG Jesuit HS, OR) - While his shot remains a bit streaky, Porter competes hard. He did a good job finishing plays off the drive and finding ways to score.
Payton Pritchard (6'1 PG West Linn HS, OR) - the Oregon signee was dominant with the ball in his hands, either coming off screens or hitting the deep 3 pointer.
Drew Todd (6'8 PF Lake Oswego HS, OR) - Todd was productive versus DeMatha, showing a nice touch on his shot and good footwork in the paint. He is versatile enough to have success at the college level.
Blake Walker (6’4 SF Liberty HS, OR) – showed flashes of greatness. He is a great athlete that can get to the rim and finish. Walker is also a capable shooter that would be an asset for a small college.
Class of 2017
Nolan Bertain (SG Beaverton HS, OR)- played solid on both Monday and Tuesday. Bertain was engaged and contributed by both scoring and grabbing boards. He showed that he has the potential to play at a high level, especially if he can compete to his max each game.
Isaac Bonton (6'2 PG Parkrose HS, OR) - The D1 prospect was out with a shoulder injury. When he gets healthy, he makes Parkrose a legit contented to get to the state tournament.
Daejon Davis (6’3 SG Garfield HS, WA) – is one of the best players in the Northwest. He is super athletic and active and has given a verbal commitment to Washington.
Mason Elliott (6'3 SF Westview HS, OR) - very good athlete, Elliot can play above the rim and slash to the basket. Also showed that he can hit the outside shot when left open
Roberto Gittens (6'5 SF Foss HS, WA) - Gittens showed a big time ability to compete with the likes of Oak Hill. He made plays at the rim, grabbed boards and contested well on defense. He has a big upside and his recruitment should continue to rise.
Elijah Gonzales (5’8 PG Clackamas HS, OR) – is a lightning quick guard that can shoot the 3 or beat defenders off the dribble. He did struggle with the length and strength of West Linn but is definitely a prospect to keep track of.
Rodney Hounshell (6'2 SG Lake Oswego HS OR) - played free and fearless against a tough DeMatha backcourt. Athletic with potential.
Wilfried Likayi (6'8 SF Parkrose HS, OR) - Likayi is raw but played very active and got himself involved in most plays. His length and athleticism make him a prospect to keep an eye on.
Jaylen Nowell (6’4 SG Garfield HS, WA) – can do it all. He constantly puts pressure on the defense and is elite at finishing through contact. Nowell might be the best player in the Northwest and is getting recruited by high major schools across the country.
Matt O'Brien (6’9 C Clackamas HS, OR) – didn’t have a great game against West Linn but is worth keeping an eye on because he has great size and body.
Cameron Parker (6’2 PG Jesuit HS, OR) – shifty lead guard. He is a good shooter off the bounce and crafty finisher. To be successful at the next level he will need to put on weight to fight through contact and defend elite guards.
Caden Smith (6’2 PG Pendleton HS, OR) – has a great change of pace and smooth pull up jumpshot. To be a difference maker at the next level Smith will need to play with a sense of urgency on every play game in and game out.
Hunter Sweet (6’4 PF Beaverton HS, OR) – is a tough winner that competes on every play. Sweet can play with his back to the basket, knock down jumpshots, and rebounds out of his range. He would be a nice D3 player.
Geno West (6'3 SG Jefferson HS, OR) - had some real streaks of making tough shots. His shot selection could be better but he is willing to step up to make plays.
Class of 2018
J'raan Brooks (6’9 C Garfield HS, WA) – is getting bigger and stronger every time we see him. He is really active and his skill set is improving. His ceiling is through the roof and he is a high major prospect.
Matt Lang (6'1 SG Jesuit HS, OR) - Lang showed off a good looking deep ball off the catch, making teams pay when they left him open.
Class of 2019
PJ Fuller (6'5 SG Garfield HS, WA) - Fuller continues to impress, not just with his play but with his approach. He competes hard, makes athletic plays and is very level headed. He is a tough high major prospect with a big upside.
Marcus Tsohonis (6’3 PG Jefferson HS, OR) – is a prospect worth keeping an eye on. He is really shifty off the bounce and can get a lot of separaton to set up a crafty finish or mid range jumpshot.
Daeshawn Wayne (5’10 PG Foss HS, WA) – tough young PG that didn’t back down against Oak Hill. He has a strong body and good handle. Wayne is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
News and Notes
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