Les Schwab Invitational Brings About The Best
by Transition Hoops Report
This past Wednesday and Thursday we got a chance to check out both the Les Schwab Invitational and Canby High Winter Invitational in the Portland, Oregon area. Check out the top players and how they did.
Class of 2017
Said Ali (6’2 PG Westview HS, OR) – good sized point guard that is shifty. Ali can hit the 3 and is a crafty finisher when he beats his defender. He would be a good player in the NWAC to develop his game and mature.
Nolan Bertain (6’5 SG West Linn HS, OR) – athletic and long. Bertain is a great shooter off the catch and has supreme confidence. When he gets hot he can score in bunches. He has multiple D1 offers.
Reed Brown (6’6 PF Sunset HS, OR) – strong and physical stretch four. Brown is asked to play all positions for his high school team which can at times get him out of spots where he can be successful. He can knock down the 3 and finish through contact. His level will be determined by what position he can guard.
Daejon Davis (6’4 SG Garfield HS, WA) – the Washington signee was hurt for the tournament.
Mason Elliott (6’4 SF Westview HS, OR) – big time athlete that flies around the court. Elliott is a streaky shooter that can get it going and has a scorer’s mentality. He is at his best in transition. Would be a good junior college player to develop his game. Multi-sport athlete (football).
Elijah Gonzales (5’8 PG Clackamas HS, OR) – super quick with a tight handle and can really get separation off the dribble. Gonzales can score in every way and is fearless. He makes his team go by scoring and facilitating on every possession. Signed with Portland State.
Amari Hale (6’0 PG Central Catholic HS, OR) – very quick with a great burst. Hale’s speed makes him a tough matchup and hard to stay in front of. He can make the perimeter jumpshot off the catch. Would be a good junior college player which would allow for his body to develop.
Tre'var Holland (6’1 PG Nathan Hale HS, WA) – quick and smart point guard. Holland has a nice change of pace and knows how to get teammates open for good looks. He would be a nice small college or NWAC point guard.
Spencer Hoffman (6’9 C Churchill HS, OR) – big bodied center with good hands and soft touch. Hoffman plays as hard as he can and battles inside. He would be a nice project for a four year school and as his feet speed and quickness improve his ability to impact games will come.
Rodney Hounshell (6’3 SG West Linn HS, OR) – strong and athletic. Hounshell is a dynamic athlete that is a versatile defender. He would be a good fit for an NWAC school to develop his offensive game.
Cole Mehaffey (6’9 C Lake Oswego HS, OR) – was a great surprise. Strong body and battles inside. Mehaffey plays hard and battles inside for position to set up a couple nice go to moves. He rebounds, protects the paint, and is physical. He is a NAIA or D2 player that gives you the interior presence you want.
Jaylen Nowell (6’5 SG Garfield HS, WA) – once again showed why he is one of the best players in the west. Nowell is an elite scorer, competes on every play, and makes game winning plays. Signed at Washington.
Matt O'Brien (6’9 PF Clackamas HS, OR) – great basketball body with good length and athleticism. O’Brien is more comfortable facing up to the basket for jumpers and attacking the basket. His success and level will be determined by him making the tough loose ball plays.
Braden Olsen (6’0 PG West Linn HS, OR) – really smart player that stays within his game. Olsen is a streaky shooter that knows how to get space off the dribble to set up teammates. He would be a nice addition for an NAIA program.
Michael Porter Jr (6’9 SF Nathan Hale HS, WA) – Porter is the #1 senior in the country because he can do it all, inside and out on both ends of the court. He signed at Washington.
Cameron Parker (6’2 PG Jesuit HS, OR) – good length for a point guard. Parker can really score. He has a nice pull up jumpshot and when he attacks the basket he is elite at drawing contact, finishing, and getting to the line. His body is thin so he will need to get stronger to be a great player at the next level. He is intriguing for a school needing a scoring point guard.
Riley Suckow (6’4 SF Century HS, OR) – confident scorer with good length. Suckow has a good feel for moving without the ball to get good looks and can score from 3, mid range, or slashing to the basket. He would be a good asset for a small college.
Hunter Sweet (6’4 PF Beaverton HS, OR) – tenacious forward that makes game winning plays. Sweet is very versatile being able to step out and knock down the perimeter jumpshot, beat defenders off the dribble, or score with his back to the basket. He is at his best in the mid to high post. Signed with Concordia.
Khalid Thomas (6’7 PF West Linn HS, OR) – great athlete that is active to rebounds and can finish above the rim. Thomas is a capable shooter and has a scorer’s mentality. He is a D1 level athlete.
Geno West (6’3 SG Jefferson HS, OR) – intriguing prospect because of his ability to score. West has a scorer’s mentality that can really score off the dribble using his step back to get space or cross over to set up his mid range jumpshot. His body is thin so he may need a year or 2 to develop but is worth watching at the NAIA or D2 level if you need a scorer.
Lucas Wilson (6’5 PF Churchill HS, OR) – really powerful and strong body with great athleticism and body control. Wilson is at his best when he can attack in straight lines to the basket and finish through contact. His level and success will be determined by how much his ball skills and basketball IQ improve – helpside defense and rotations, relying too much on his athleticism, positioning, etc.
Class of 2018
Immanuel Allen (6’3 SF Lakeridge HS, OR) – big time athlete that can really attack the basket and finish above the rim. Allen is a facilitator that is at his best making plays in transition. When he goes strong for loose balls and rebounds his body and strength allows him to come out with the ball. His level will be determined by how well he can knock down the perimeter jumpshot.
J'raan Brooks (6’9 PF Garfield HS, WA) – gets better every time we watch him play. Brooks’ perimeter jumpshot is showing a lot of touch and he can score with his back to the basket plus catch and finish in traffic with contact. He is a mid to high major player.
Keishon Dawkins (6’6 PF West Linn HS, OR) – really strong and versatile player. Dawkins can score inside and out and is physical on both ends of the court. He makes game winning plays and is one to keep an eye on.
Kamaka Hepa (6’9 SF Jefferson HS, OR) – the high major prospect was injured during the tournament.
Jontay Porter (6’9 PF Nathan Hale HS, WA) – strong body with great length and athleticism. Porter can step outside and knock down the perimeter jumpshot, slash to the rim, or play with his back to the basket. He is committed to Washington.
Keton Samore (6’8 PF Grant HS, OR) – good size and length. Samore is confident and fearless and can face up and score jumpers or finish around the basket. He is a tough match up because of his versatility. Definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.
JR Schilling (6’5 SF Lake Oswego HS, OR) – strong and athletic. Schilling does a lot of things well on both ends of the court and really competes.
Class of 2019
Sataievior Aviola (6’6 PF Grant HS, OR) – good size and long. Ayiola loves to face up and attack the basket. He has a soft touch around the basket especially going left. Worth tracking as he continues to develop.
PJ Fuller (6’3 SG Nathan Hale HS, WA) – elite athlete that explodes to the rim. Fuller is at his best in transition or slashing to the rim. He is a capable shooter that can beat defenders off the dribble and finish through contact. He is a mid to high major prospect.
Jaden Nielsen-Skinner (5’9 PG South Salem HS, OR) – really shifty and quick. Nielson can explode past you for a crafty finish or pull up for the deep 3. His best quality might be setting up his teammates for open looks or cutting lay ups. He makes up for being small by playing hard on both ends.
Ty Rankin (6’2 SG Grant HS, OR) – very impressed with how tough he played against the best competition in the country. Rankin can hit the 3, mid range, and is a crafty finisher around the basket. He is a bit streaky but if he can consistently hit perimeter jumpers could play at a high level.
Marcus Tsohonis (6’4 SF Jefferson HS, OR) – excellent basketball body with great length. Tsohonis is very intriguing because of his size, versatility, and ability to facilitate. His long term success and level will be determined by how well he can knock down perimeter jumpshots.