Posted On: 05/10/18 4:00 PM
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Every year there’s a player who emerges on the AAU circuit and this year’s candidate may very well be Oreon Courtney. While the athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard excelled last season at West Albany, he’s raised some more eyebrows this spring with his play and it appears he’ll no longer be a secret once the grassroots basketball season is all done with.
Playing with Active PCH Leaders 17U this spring, Courtney recently made an impression at the NorCal Spring Showcase with his length, athleticism, and ability to get to the rim. “It’s been good as I feel like I’m getting a lot of exposure,” Courtney said. “I’ve been getting a lot of rebounds, and I’ve been driving and kicking it out to my teammates for open shots.”
Last year at West Albany, Courtney played some on the wing but was needed down low. For Active PCH, he’s been playing at the point and has been effective getting to the basket. He notes that his main focus on improving his game in AAU ball has been with his jumpshot, especially with his three-point range. He’s hoping for continued looks in the summer but at the current moment he’s getting settled as he recently made a physical move in high schools.
“I’m at West Linn – me and my dad just moved up here,” Courtney said. He noted that he hasn’t gotten in touch with any of the basketball coaches or players quite yet as he’s simply getting accustomed to the new locale. “I really like the school, it’s nice,” he added.
Courtney’s college recruitment is just getting started as the main schools to have shown interest so far are Menlo College in California and Linn-Benton CC. He’s wide open when it comes to his options and right now it really just comes down to one thing for him. “I’m just looking to get a scholarship to play somewhere,” Courtney said. “I just want to play in college.”