Posted On: 09/17/18 12:00 PM
Pictured: Jesse White, Barlow
The PrepHoops Top 250 Expo for Oregon took place on Saturday at Parkrose High School, and 40 of the top players in the state gathered for some high level competition in front of numerous observers in attendance including a number of college coaches.
Quite a few juniors from the Class of 2020 were at the event. Here are the top performers from that group:
Jesse White, Barlow (Top Performer)
We made note of White’s performance in our Event Recap. A majority of the observers and coaches on hand felt that White was not only the top Class of 2020 performer but the best performer period. It was clear that White was fatigued near the end of the day but he was still draining shots from long range until the lights went off. White used his shifty handle to create space and his step-back threes were a bit reminiscent of James Loe (2004 Hillsboro) for old school Oregon prep hoops followers.
Jack Chlumak, Newberg
Chlumak took the summer off from AAU basketball after playing in the spring for Team Fly Jackson 16U. He didn’t appear to look rusty as the 6-foot-3 point guard took the ball strong to the basket and if he wasn’t finishing there, he was finding open teammates with some nifty passes. What was also of note was Chlumak took – and made – a couple of perimeter jumpers, showing that he has been diligently working on improving his outside shooting to add to his game. Currently not ranked in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2020 rankings, you can be sure he will be in the next iteration.
Bryson Crockett, West Linn
Crockett worked on expanding his game this summer so that instead of being mainly a shooter from the outside, he could take the ball strong to the basket. The 6-foot-3 wing was able to show that at the event for the most part, converting on some drives while still flashing a smooth lefty jumper from beyond the arc. At times his energy level unfortunately seemed to be a bit on cruise control however, but overall it wasn’t a bad performance.
Erik Fraser, Grant
Fraser was a little tired as he played in a couple of games earlier in the day at another tournament, but he picked and chose his spots well. The 6-foot-3 junior showed off a nice touch from the perimeter and converted several catch and shoot opportunities from mid-range back beyond the three-point line. After playing JV last season, Fraser will be expected to contribute heavily for Grant’s title defense run this season.
Christopher Turner-Ping, Roosevelt
Turner-Ping was largely an unknown last year as he swung JV and played behind a deep group of guards on Roosevelt’s playoff team. At 6-foot-3, he has pretty good size and athleticism and at the event he played with some energy and showed a nice touch from the perimeter. With the graduation losses from last season, Turner-Ping should be a key player for the Roughriders in 2018-19.
David Gonzales, Silverton
We were looking forward to getting a look at Gonzales as the majority of his play this summer on the AAU circuit with Nike Team Northwest 16U was out of state. Unfortunately, the 6-foot point guard from Silverton awkwardly fell on his ankle within the first couple of minutes of the very first game. It turns out the ankle is broken and he will be out of action approximately four months. The hope is that he will be back in action for Silverton after mid-season where we surely will see the high-energy guard back on the court.