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Posted On: 08/10/18 12:00 PM
Barring any last minute decisions, the college destinations of the Class of 2018 in Oregon have been determined and this month, many of those getting ready to start their college basketball careers will have enrolled in school. Here’s a list of those who are heading to the Division I level.
Breakdown: In general, this has been a typical class when it comes to Division I talent in the state right out of high school. Filip Fullerton, Kyle Greeley, and Kamaka Hepa all committed early and signed in the fall, with Hepa’s recruitment the most prominent among the three. Hepa (ranked #1 by PrepHoops Oregon) essentially committed to the Longhorns over many others, most prominently Gonzaga. Fullerton (#7) and Greeley (#2) – who originally committed to Seattle before a coaching change – were key recruits for Portland State and head coach Barret Peery establishing ties to the local area. Khalil Chatman (#3) was rumored to be joining his father Canaan at Detroit all year long, but after a coaching change and other factors, ended up at Pacific with head coach Damon Stoudamire, a long-time family friend from his and Canaan’s days in the PIL in the late 80’s-early 90’s.
Matthew Lang (#22) and Joe Wall (#NR) continue Jesuit’s long tradition of sending players to the Division I level as invited walk-ons. Kye Blaser (#44) was able to secure a spot with the Beavers under Wayne Tinkle, who has traditionally held slots for in-state walk-ons since he started in Corvallis. Emmanuel “Seyi” Reiley (#46) played out the summer with Deep III but will walk-on at Hawaii.
The class may not be finished as a number of players have decided to go the prep school or junior college route. Here are some players who are Oregon high school graduates prior to 2018 who will be making their D-I debuts in 2018-19:
Breakdown: This is fairly typical of the state in terms of players who did not end up at a Division I school the traditional way directly out of high school. Nolan Bertain was an academic qualifier out of high school but didn’t get the Division I interested he was hoping for as a senior and originally signed with Point Loma Nazarene. He opted out, went to Casper College and played well, and earned a few D-I offers and settled on UAB.
Similarly, this was the case for Cameron Parker and Zeke Quinlan, but both went the prep school route, Parker to The Tilton School in New Hampshire and Quinlan to Hillcrest Prep in Arizona. Quinlan ended up signing early with Montana State while Parker inked with Sacred Heart in the spring.
Charles Jones went the traditional two-year junior college route and earned NJCAA National Player of the Year honors at the College of Southern Idaho. He had signed with Utah in the early fall signing period. Kylor Kelley was also a JUCO sophomore product but actually started his college career at Northwest Christian before transferring to Lane CC for his second year. Tim Graham played his JC basketball at Chemeketa CC and Northwest Kansas Technical before signing with Wagner, and actually sat out the 2017-18 season as a redshirt.
Finally, former Timberwolf standout Luke Osborn will officially suit up for the Ducks this season. He played one year of JC ball at Clark (Wash.) before transferring to Oregon where he joined the practice squad. This year, he is a full member of the team and is listed on the official roster.