Posted On: 04/11/18 3:00 PM
This is part two of a three part installment. The first part can be found here and the final part will be released later this week.
Khalil Chatman, Jefferson senior
Chatman dominated the 6A championship game with 30 points (on 13 of 17 shooting) and 12 rebounds, although his Jefferson squad fell just short. He finished the season averaging 13.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. In his first year at Jefferson (and final prep year), Chatman may have exceeded expectations, becoming much more than a third fiddle to Marcus Tsohonis and Kamaka Hepa. In many games, he was their best player. One of the most athletically gifted players in the 2018 class, Chatman has offers from Montana State and Detroit Mercy.
Kaison Faust, North Medford senior
Down in Medford, Faust annihilated Southwest Conference competition on his way to earning SWC player of the year honors over defending winner Jay Elmore of South Eugene. Faust led 6A in field goal percentage (67.2) while averaging 23.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Last month, he decided to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps and play for Oregon Tech.
Bryce Sloan, Lincoln senior
Sloan was supposed to have a good year. And Lincoln was supposed to be good. But, not this good. Sloan led Lincoln to a wild postseason run (topped No. 22 Oregon City, beat No. 6 Lake Oswego in double overtime, edged No. 3 Southridge by three, lost to No. 2 Grant in overtime, beat No. 20 Barlow) and third-place 6A finish. Sloan had arguably the most well-balanced statistical season of anyone in the state, averaging 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. He also shot 44 percent from deep and 86 percent from the line.
Alexis Angeles, Tualatin senior
A scorer, plain and simple, Angeles finished second in 6A with an average of 25.9 points per game. He helped Tualatin to a playoff upset over McNary and an appearance in the state title game. Quick with the ball, Angeles finished at the rim, hit free throws, made three-pointers and — perhaps better than anyone in the state — knocked down mid-range jumpers. As rival coach Shawn Alderman said, “You can’t stop him.”
Stevie Schlabach, Tigard
Few players meant more to their team than Schlabach, who shouldered a lot for Tigard this season. He averaged 22 points, seven rebounds while putting up great shooting percentages: 45/55/89. In a way, Schlabach plays similar to West Salem’s Kyle Greeley. Rather than overpowering or out-quicking opponents, both Greeley and Schlabach live off hitting difficult, ‘handshake’ shots: tough shots that defenders can do little to stop. Tigard’s best offense came whenever he created. Next year, the Tigers should be improved as Schlabach will have another capable scorer to help him in 2021’s Drew Carter.