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Posted On: 09/18/18 7:00 AM
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.
There were a handful of Class of 2021 players at the event. Here are the top performers from that group:
Damontae Burns, Parkrose (Top Performer)
We made note of Burns’s performance in our Event Recap. At his current size of 6-foot, Burns knows he will need to be a point guard at the next level so he made a distinct effort to set up his teammates at the Expo. He has a bit of a flair for the dramatic so there were a couple of times where it was a bit too flashy, but overall his development as a point guard seems to be taking shape – which will really raise his ceiling in terms of being a college prospect.
Jonah Zeller, Catlin Gabel
We made note of Zeller’s performance in our Event Recap. Zeller definitely made an impact alone with his 6-foot-9 frame as he was one of the few big men there, but he matched up well against the other posts in attendance and out of all of them, he was statistically the most productive. Zeller has a very high ceiling in terms of his potential and it will be interesting to watch how he develops over the next few years at Catlin Gabel under a fellow big man in coach Shawn Malloy.
Joe Maqatish, Santiam Christian
Big and thick, Maquatish as you might expect is a load to handle underneath. At this point, the sophomore from Santiam Christian is still developing as a player but showed a soft lefty touch on his shot. Maqatish ran the floor pretty well and while he’s not necessarily a shot-blocking threat, he held his ground defensively.
Vernon Porter, Lakeridge
At 6-foot-3 with a maturing body, Porter wasn’t flashy at the expo but showed some potential. The sophomore from Lakeridge wasn’t afraid to bang around with bigger bodies underneath and hit a couple of mid-range jumpers. It will be interesting to watch how he develops from being more of an inside guy to playing on the perimeter.
Tate Reese, Sunset
The younger brother of senior Will Reese, Tate Reese currently stands at 6-foot-2. At this point, the sophomore is more of a wing player and he showed the ability to knock down some perimeter jumpers and handle the ball a little bit. Since his brother Will stands at 6-foot-6, he may not be done growing and there’s no doubt he physically still has to develop but he should emerge as a rotation player at Sunset this upcoming season.