Posted On: 09/24/18 7:00 AM
Will Reese will always remember the summer of 2018. The lanky 6-foot-6, 185-pound forward from Sunset High School got the chance to run with Rose City Basketball on the AAU circuit, playing in tournaments up and down the West Coast, going up against big-time talent from other states in front of college coaches at all different levels.
“It was a lot of travel and we played some high-level competition – I enjoyed that,” Reese said. “We got to play in front of a lot of coaches, like Coach K (Krzyzewski) was in the building where we played so it was kind of cool. It was a lot of new stuff as we don’t really travel that often out of here.”
On the whole, Rose City Basketball won some games here and there and on an individual level, Reese was happy with how he played.
“I thought I performed pretty good,” Reese said. “It was definitely mind opening to see what else is out there and who you have to compare yourself to and work harder than. My inside and defensive stuff went well – my shot blocking was working really good. My outside shooting is getting better now too, I used to struggle with that.”
Reese recently showed off some of his improved skills at the PrepHoops Top 250 Expo at Parkrose High School. He was able to knock down some perimeter jumpers as well as be extremely active blocking shots as he may have been the top shot-blocker in attendance.
Reese noted that Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, and George Fox have been the three schools showing the most recruiting interest so far and he’s started making some campus visits. “I’ve taken an official visit to Pacific,” Reese said. “I like Coach Lunt, he’s a really good guy and he seems very passionate about the program. (They have) Good facilities, good team, and good school – that’s what I like.”
While the trip was solid, Reese is hoping to make some more and is planning on playing out his senior season before making any decisions. He’s looking forward to the year ahead with the Sunset Apollos. “We’ve got a good squad coming in – we’re old, we have a lot of seniors and returners,” Reese said. “I’m excited for it. I want to win Metro and I also want to lead the league in blocks.”
Reese currently ranks as the #33 player in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2019 rankings.