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Posted On: 08/13/18 7:00 AM
If there’s organized ball going on, you can bet your bottom dollar Josh Angle will be there. The sharp-shooting 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Lake Oswego just finished playing AAU basketball with the Rose City Rebels last month, but when the opportunity came to participate in SEI Camp in Portland, he jumped at the chance to participate – and earned “Mr. Offense” honors. Angle will now finally rest up a bit but took some time out to reflect back on his summer and where things currently lie with his college recruitment.
It was a busy July for Angle and the Rebels, who played in tournaments in Augusta (Ga.), Salem, and Las Vegas. “We had a couple of tough losses in Salem but in Vegas we competed and I thought we represented the city really well,” Angle said. “Out of over 300 teams and we were in the final 16 and we had a chance to get into the Elite Eight but we lost a tough one to Seattle Rotary. I was really proud how we jelled a team and we were able to overcome a lot of adversity that we had gone through.”
Individually Angle felt he ended on a high note. “I struggled a little in our first two tournaments but definitely started to regain my confidence and by the end I was shooting it really well,” Angle said. “In the last game against Rotary I shot it well and played really well, so I definitely felt like I improved and showed growth over the course of July.”
Angle’s reputation of course is as a shooter – we’ve said it often that he’s arguably the best shooter in the state. But one area that Angle surprisingly showed some growth in July was his willingness to help out on the boards, which paid dividends for the Rebels as they were often undersized. “That’s something I can continue to work on with my high school team and then hopefully at the next level, ” Angle said. “It’s something that separates players in terms of if they go hard and get rebounds, it can differentiate Player A from Player B.”
One thing Angle was hoping to do was impress college coaches on the sidelines. While he’s still hearing from Columbia and Cornell, Angle noted that things have slowed down a little bit with them. But he recently fielded a call from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Division II Black Hills State has shown interest. The stellar student athlete is also getting hit hard from the Division III level from schools such as Claremont-McKenna, Swarthmore, NYU, MIT, Williams College, and Whitman and he’s appreciative of all the interest.
“My goal is to play Division I basketball at a high academic school,” Angle said. “But at the same time, all those schools provide great opportunities for 40 years and beyond where you can get a great degree and set yourself up to provide for yourself and your family in a very good fashion. So it’s obviously nothing I would scoff at to play at those schools.”
At this point, unless something happens in the near future Angle is looking at playing out his senior season before making any decisions. He’ll take a little time to rest but then it’s back on. “I’ll take a week off and not do anything too strenuous but we’ll start back up with LO in early September,” Angle said. “I’m gearing up for senior season, and first game is in a little more than 100 days, so there’s not as much time as it feels like.”
Angle currently ranks as the #7 player in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2019 rankings.