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Posted On: 02/24/18 11:30 AM
The best shot blockers might average a block or two a game, but their impact is more than just a couple of field goal attempts. They constantly alter shots and play a massive role on the defensive end. Here are some of the best shot-blockers in the state:
Kamaka Hepa, Jefferson senior
It’s repetitive, but Hepa is really good at everything. This includes shot blocking; he’s averaging 6 blocks per game. Senior teammate Khalil Chatman is good, too.
Koby Williamson, Lebanon sophomore
Lebanon won just three games this year, but that Williamson has proven to be an effective rim protector. The 6-foot-8 post averaged over 3 blocks per game.
Mason Miller, Thurston junior
A 6-foot-7 post, Miller does a lot for the Colts, one of the top 5A contenders. He’s averaging over 2 blocks per game.
Nathan Bittle, Crater freshman
Only a freshman, coach Chris Schmerbach calls him “the best shot blocker I’ve had.” Bittle is 6-foot-7 and has a high ceiling; he’s averaging 3.6 blocks per game.
Zach Brown, Springfield junior
In one game, Brown (6-foot-6) racked up nine blocks. “He is very active and good at reading the backside and showing early help. He times blocks really well,” coach Eric Orton said. He’s averaging 2.7 blocks per game.
Aidan Clark, South Eugene sophomore
Clark, a 6-foot-8 center, averages 2.2 blocks per game for the Axemen. “He’s a good athlete that is just starting to learn the art of blocking shots and changing shots,” coach Dave Hancock said.
Kelton Samore, Grant senior
The big man in the middle for Grant, Samore averages 3 blocks a game for the Generals. The 6-foot-9 forward is a Division I talent.
Josh Walkenhorst, Century senior
Walkenhorst has been the anchor of Century’s defense, using his size (6-foot-1) to protect the rim. “He has really good timing and does a good job of blocking and altering shots without getting into foul trouble,” coach Scott Kellar said. He is averaging 3.5 blocks per game.
Dakota Reber, Wilsonville sophomore
Reber is 6-foot-5 and uses his athleticism to defend well. He’s averaging 1.2 blocks per game. Coach Chris Roche calls him “very bouncy.”
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