Top Twenty from Oregon State Tourney
by Transition Hoops Report
From the 5A and 6A Oregon State Tournaments, we were able to catch the 5A opening round on Tuesday in Corvallis and the 6A opening round from Portland. Here are the top 20 from the two days.
Class of 2017
Isaac Bonton (Parkrose HS, 6’3 PG) – though he wasn’t hitting his outside shot, Bonton created offense by getting steals and finishing his drives.
Spencer Hoffman (Churchill HS, 6’10 C) – played physical and aggressive inside with good footwork. He can really finish drives with his right hand.
Elijah Gonzales (Clackamas HS, 5’9 PG) – hit multiple tough 3-pointers and played great on ball defense.
Wilfried Likayi (Parkrose HS, 6’8 SF) – was blocking shots and hit several 3 pointers, a nice element to his game. He is a bit light and may need a year or two to add strength but he has a nice upside.
Braden Olsen (West Linn HS, 6’0 PG) – was very good getting by defender and finishing drives plus knocked down some jumpers. Olsen also showed he could carve up a defense and distribute to teammates. In fairness to Olsen’s teammates, they all looked good but the game wasn’t close which made it tough to evaluate.
Jonah Pemberton (La Salle HS, 6’3 PG) – strong with the ball and plays at a good pace. Showed really good vision to find open teammates on the drive or the ability to finish through contact.
Zach Reichle (Wilsonville HS, 6’5 SG) – the future Beaver showed Corvallis fans what is to come next year as he hit tough shots including an impressive run of step back 3s. He got a bunch of steals by jumping passing lanes that led to easy baskets in transition.
Caden Smith (Pendleton HS, 6’3 PG) – Smith had a good first half Tuesday but really got things going in the second half. He was hitting his 3 pointer and pull up jumpers.
Harrison Steiger (Wilsonville HS, 6’3 SF) – was active on both the offensive and defensive boards. He passes the ball well and creates a lot of baskets with his energy plays.
Geno West (Jefferson HS, 6’3 SG) – started the game Wednesday by finishing his drives to the basket and then started to get his outside shot to fall. Looked very good and turned a few heads.
Lucas Wilson (Churchill HS, 6’5 SF) – played very aggressive in the second half on Tuesday, really attacking the basket with his drives. He has a great athleticism and has reportedly reopened his recruiting after de-committing from Portland State to play football.
Class of 2018
Jake Estep (Beaverton HS, 6’4 SF) – Estep showed he could knock down the 3-pointer off the catch and get to the basket. His first step isn’t extremely quick but it is very fundamental and is set up by his outside shot. Can defend bigger players because of his strength.
Kyle Greeley (West Salem HS, 6’4 SG) – used his length to get to the basket and finish. Can shoot off the catch and is a tough on ball defender.
Tariq Harris (Crescent Valley HS, 6’4 SG) – Harris as the body of a basketball player and showed the ability to hit the 3 pointer. When he is engaged he moves well and can slash to the basket. He will need to work on his body language through out the game.
Kamaka Hepa (Jefferson HS, 6’9 PF) – we got to see an element of Hepa’s game that we missed this summer – a low post game. He has great footwork to go along with a soft touch. He also anchored their zone and blocked a lot of shots. He is a versatile prospect because we know that he can also step out and hit the long ball.
Talanoa Hufanga (Crescent Valley HS, 6’1 SF) – though his future is most likely in football (he has interest from…everyone) Hufanga was impressive. He is strong and agile with the ball. He finishes above the rim and has good vision.
Keton Samore (Grant HS, 6’9 C) – really hit the boards and scored inside with a soft jumper. He runs the floor hard.
Cole Turner (Clackamas HS, 6’5 SF) – rebounded well and did a good job defending on the ball.
Class of 2019
Sataievior Ayiola (Grant HS, 6’6 PF) – we like the upside. He is a good sized lefty that moves well.
Marcus Tsohonis (Jefferson HS, 6’5 PG) – showed that he is an elite passer with a great handle and can also hit shots and finish at the rim.