Posted On: 07/25/18 7:00 AM
The Premier Summer Championships took place this past weekend in Salem and as you might expect, the majority of the state’s top Class of 2019 players were in attendance. We have already taken a look at the Top Five – here’s a rundown of some of the other rising seniors in the class who were there.
#6: Ty Rankin (2019 Grant HS/Rose City Rebels) – Rankin in some respects has developed into a glue guy for the Rebels. Despite being undersized, he crashed the boards effectively while also helping out with ball-handling duties. Offensively, he spotted up for a number of threes, hitting at a 40 percent clip in the games we watched. Rankin is getting fringe Division I interest but plenty of D-II and D-III schools would be happy to get him.
#7: Josh Angle (2019 Lake Oswego HS/Rose City Rebels) – Angle shot the lights out in the Rose City Showcase but things have truthfully gone south since then. But his shot started to return this past weekend as he not only hit some threes but some mid-range pull-up jumpers as well. If he can continue building momentum into the games in Las Vegas, his recruitment with his desired Ivy League schools may really start to take shape.
#8: Brian Warinner (2019 Bend HS/Hoop Salem) – We only got a chance to watch one full game of Warinner’s and he did a solid job of running the floor, helping out on the glass, and hitting some open jumpers. A number of college programs continue to recruit him and several of them were in attendance at Hoop Salem games, notably Portland State, Portland, and Carroll College.
#9: RJ Veliz (2019 Blanchet Catholic HS/Hoop Salem) – Like Warinner, we only got a chance to watch Veliz in one game, but he did a solid job especially when you consider his role changes with Jaden Nielsen-Skinner on the team. Playing off the ball, he shot the ball well (hit four threes) and was also able to create off the dribble when given the opportunity. Of the schools recruiting him, Portland, Western Oregon, Point Loma Nazarene, Carroll College, and Whitman were all in attendance.
#13: Zach Brown (2019 Springfield HS/Team Fly Williams) – At the Memorial Day Tournament, Brown indicated he was working on his three-point shot and it was evident over the weekend that he had. In one game we watched, he was given some wide open looks from downtown and he sank three of them. On defense, he continued to show the ability to block shots underneath without fouling.
#17: Zach Galvin (2019 Southridge HS/Team Fly White) – Galvin impressed with his outside shooting and his all-around guard play, but may have been most impressive with his willingness to play hard on defense. He often was seen diving on the floor for loose balls and fighting hard for rebounds. Portland State head coach Barret Peery was in attendance at several of Team Fly White’s games.
#19: Zack Baugher (2019 Santiam Christian/Team Jones Hedgecock) – A lefty, Baugher showed the ability to score both inside and out and had a nice soft touch from beyond the arc. While he will need to get stronger to battle bigger players at the next level, his overall skill level was impressive. He holds offers from Caroll College and Northwest Christian and a number of schools from D-I to NAIA are all showing interest.
#28: Kaleb Anundi (2019 Stayton HS/Team Fly Williams) – Anundi has been working out on his own so these tournaments in July are his first action on the AAU circuit. He’s switched teams to Team Fly Williams but has fit right in, running the floor well and scoring both inside and out while using his length to alter shots on the defensive end. Schools like Chaminade and St. Martin’s are monitoring his progress.
#42: Alex Boyd (2019 LaSalle HS/Oregon Basketball Club Gold) – Boyd isn’t a featured offensive player on his team, but he made the most out of the opportunities he had in the full game we watched against the Rose City Rebels. He shot it well from the outside and contributed on defense.
#47: Jack Rose (2019 Tualatin HS/Team Jones Hedgecock) – Along with Baugher, Rose was one of the main scorers for Team Jones Hedgecock. A lanky lefty, he made strong drives to the basket and finished well around the basket. While you could argue that he only goes left – it’s a very strong left. Rose showed a bit of a slow release from the outside but sank threes when open.