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Posted On: 02/23/18 1:46 AM
As the end of the high school season approaches, here are some players who had big junior campaigns. Expect these guys to make some noise this summer and then have huge senior years.
Aaron Deloney, Grant
Deloney entered the season with big expectations, but has surpassed them. You won’t find Marcus Tsohonis on this list, because his stock couldn’t get much higher despite his fantastic season. But Deloney has torn it up even more than anticipated this season. Injured for half of last year, Deloney is averaging 26 points and 6 assists per game and leading No. 2 Grant as a junior. He’s getting low-major Division I looks.
Stevie Schlabach, Tigard
An all-league player as a sophomore, Schlabach might be the Three Rivers League player of the year this season. He’s averaging 22 points and 7 rebounds and is shooting a high-percentage (45% from three, 87% from the line). The 6-foot-3 wing doesn’t have incredible quickness, but he’s a crafty scorer and a smart player.
Brian Warinner, Bend
Warinner, an athletic lefty, is putting up big numbers this season with 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Lava Bears are a team full of juniors and Warinner is their top player. He has good length (6-foot-6) and could project as a scholarship player.
Chase McClain, Mountain View
Everyone knows about Mountain View senior Matt Van Tassell, but McClain has had a terrific year, too. The point guard is averaging 20.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.2 steals, shooting 43% from deep.
Oreon Courtney, West Albany
Courtney had a productive sophomore season, but the 6-foot-3 guard is playing well again this year. He’s an explosive wing who finishes well inside; this season’s he’s averaging 17.1 points per game.
Dominic McGarvey, Sheldon
McGarvey wasn’t necessarily expected to be an impact player for Sheldon this season, but the 6-foot-8 center is averaging 10 rebounds per game. He and 6-foot-5 teammate Patrick Herbert are both capable front court players in the class of 2019.
Brock Henry, Southridge
Henry averaged 9 points per game last year, but has upped that number to 13.4 this season for the Skyhawks, the consensus No. 3 team in the state. He’s shooting 40% from three and 83% from the line, while averaging 2.3 steals.
Jailen Hammer, Sprague
Hammer, a high-profile football player, was limited during the fall while he recovered from a broken leg, but has been healthy and solid as a guard this basketball season. He’s Sprague’s best defender, but is also a capable offensive weapon and has become their No. 2 option behind Teagan Quitoriano.
Josh Angle, Lake Oswego
Angle was good as a sophomore, but as one of the Lakers’ first options this season, has seen his stock rise. He’s averaging 17 points per game while shooting 47% from deep, especially good considering he is a quantity shooter. Angle plays inspired defense, as well, and should be at least a Division-III guy.
Isaac Lange, Thurston
Lange has exploded onto the scene to average 19 points, 6 assists and 2 steals per game. Supremely athletic, Lange is being recruited by Division-II schools, but could sneak onto the radar of some low D-I’s. He should be one of the frontrunner’s for next year’s 5A player of the year award.
Jack Roche, Wilsonville
Roche is averaging 16.1 points and 6.7 assists, while shooting 44% from deep. He’s a smart player and knows when to pull the trigger on three-pointers and when to make the extra pass. A 6-foot-0 point guard, he’ll have at least Division III opportunities.
Jace Norton, La Salle Prep
The lefty can stroke it. Everyone knows he can shoot, but he’s still hitting 41% of his threes and averaging 18.6 points. He’s not huge (5-foot-11), but will likely have the opportunity to play Division-III basketball.