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Posted On: 05/26/18 1:14 AM
The first-ever Oregon High Academic Exposure Camp took place on the campus of Lewis & Clark College on Friday night and it was a great event featuring some of the top high academic student-athletes from Oregon and Washington. Eight teams played four competitive games each with college coaches from local Division III and NAIA colleges in attendance.
PrepHoops Oregon was on site to take in some of the action and here are some of the top performers from Oregon that we observed.
RJ Veliz (2019 Blanchet Catholic HS) – Veliz (3.98 GPA) has been playing well this spring and it showed at the showcase. He scored almost at will at all three levels, displayed some deft ball-handling, and tossed some nifty dimes as well. The general word was he was one of the top performers overall in the gym. He should have some interesting college options to work through when he’s done playing on the AAU circuit this summer.
Boston Smith (2019 McNary HS) – Smith (3.3 GPA) is a solidly built post player who worked hard innside in the games we watched. He showed off a nice spin move in the post to get himself open and he also stepped out and hit some mid-range shots. While his game is more below the rim than above, Smith knows what his capabilities are and doesn’t try to do too much.
Jonathon Nchekwube (2019 Churchill HS) – Nchekwube remains a bit of a work in progress. He certainly looks the part physically and he runs the floor, grabs boards, and he finishes well near the rim. While he is admittedly working on becoming more of a wing, at the Showcase he tended to handle the ball a little too much which led to some turnovers.
Will Reese (2019 Sunset HS) – Reese (3.5 GPA) is a lanky forward who showed the ability to run the floor well and a soft touch from the perimeter. While he did compete on the glass and blocked some shots on defense, his game is definitely more about finesse than power.
Dominic Blake (2019 Columbia Christian HS) – Blake (3.0 GPA) showed off some steadiness at the point and a nice touch from the perimeter, draining threes either off the pass or off the bounce. He also competed hard on the defensive end.
Bryan Brown (2019 Bend HS) – Brown (3.1 GPA) is a beefy post who wasn’t afraid to throw his body around. He fought hard on the glass and in the paint for some buckets. While he was mobile enough to run the floor, he did lumber at times.
Jett Sheng (2020 Catlin Gabel HS) – Sheng (3.4 GPA) is a nifty point guard who plays best with the ball in his hands. He showed the ability to hit the long ball as well as a quick first step to get past his defender. He had a couple of nice drives and dishes out to the open man as well. As he gets stronger he will be able to finish better at the basket.
Jack Chlumak (2020 Newberg HS) – Chlumak (4.0 GPA) was a bit of a pleasant surprise. He has a solidly built body that appears to be still growing and he was active on both ends of the floor. He also showed the ability to get out in transition and finish well at the basket. A rising junior he is a bit of a sleeper to watch out for.
Grant Dunn (2020 Silverton HS) – Dunn (3.4 GPA) was on varsity at Silverton last season as a sophomore but got very limited playing time. He is a very long and lanky 6-foot-6 and was able to show off a soft touch from the outside. Dunn largely plays along the frontcourt largely due to his height but his game has potential as a wing.