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Posted On: 10/4/18 11:25 AM
The Prime Time Top 40 Showcase took place this past Saturday and it’s time to take a look at how each participant performed. After some skill work, the players were split into four teams who played three games each.
Here’s a look at how the members of Team 3 performed (listed in order of their uniform number):
Alex Schumacher, Skyview (2019)
There’s never been a question about Schumacher’s skills or talent, sometimes it’s the consistency that is the issue. That wasn’t the case for the 6-foot-2 senior on Saturday as he brought his all-around game to the table. Schumacher hit outside shots, dished out some assists, and finished strong around the basket.
Trejon Williams, Jefferson (2022)
The very last participant brought in due to a late cancellation, Williams was well worth the invite – and not just because he was the only member of the Class of 2022 at the showcase. Williams played confidently, attacking the basket and scoring on drives and what seems to be a patented pull-up jumper. Well-built already at 6-foot-1, he is still developing a point guard mentality but he plays with effort and will be a contributor to the extremely deep Jefferson squad this year.
Stevie Schlabach, Tigard (2019)
Schlabach is used to playing on teams where he’s the #1 option so he wasn’t able to showcase his entire skill set, especially offensively. But the 6-foot-4 senior took advantage of the opportunities that he did get, which were mainly outside shots from kickouts. As we have come to expect from Schlabach, he showed a smooth stroke and knocked down those open jumpers.
Drayton Caoile, West Linn (2019)
Caoile is used to having the ball in his hands so in an event like this once you give the ball up, you rarely get it back. That was the case for the senior on Saturday. He capably brought the ball up the floor and dished it off, but unfortunately wasn’t able to show much more than that. Caoile had a few open shot opportunities but unfortunately they didn’t go in for him.
Ben Gregg, Columbia Christian (2021)
Gregg was unanimously one of the top performers at the Prime Time Top 40. The 6-foot-8 senior brought his A game on both ends of the floor, sinking effortless-looking threes while battling inside for offensive rebounds and putbacks. Defensively, he was a terror with his shot blocking and there was no doubt he was a dominant force on the day. If Gregg plays with this kind of fire all year, he may very well be the top player in any class in the state this year.
Mason Miller, Thurston (2019)
Miller didn’t spend a lot of time on the court this summer, instead focusing on individual work, but he quickly shook off any rust he might have had on Saturday. Using his strong frame, the 6-foot-8 post fought hard in the paint as you might expect, but he also stepped out and hit a number of face-up jumpers that had coaches impressed.
Brian Goracke, Churchill (2020)
At 6-foot-5 and potentially still growing, Goracke is a sneaky athlete who played aggressively on offense during the event. He attacked the basket and tried to finish at the rim when possible. The junior also showed a pretty nice touch from the outside with a handful of spot up jumpers as well. Goracke is moving up to play at the 5A level from 2A Monroe but given what he showed at the PT40, the change should be no issue for this talented wing.
Oreon Courtney, West Linn (2019)
One of the top overall performers at the event, Courtney certainly made a name for himself among those who were not already familiar with him. The 6-foot-3 senior was all over the place offensively and defensively, making plays with his effort and athleticism. Courtney is the type of player who can affect the outcome of a game without a single play being run for him offensively which makes him unique on the basketball floor. Division II and JC programs have already been in contact after his performance at the PT40.
Tucker Pellici, Franklin (2020)
Pellici is a big man who is still learning the game, so his participation in the PT40 was definitely a growth experience. At 6-foot-10 – and possibly still growing – the junior ran the floor well and did his best to keep up with the pace. This year will be Pellici’s first on varsity so his development will be worth watching as the season goes along.
Nolan Hickman, Eastside Catholic (2021)
Hickman was extremely impressive and was on the short list of players just outside of the top performers at the event. The sophomore showed great poise and a feel for the game at the point, knowing exactly when to attack or be patient with the ball. He scored on drives and on jump shots, while setting up teammates for their own buckets as well. Already getting offered by Pac-12 schools, the sky appears to be the limit for Hickman.
Mason Lomax, Sprague (2020)
A late invitee, Lomax didn’t get many opportunities but when he did, he looked to attack offensively, whether it was shooting from the perimeter or taking it to the basket with varying degrees of success. At 6-foot-1, he has solid size and good athleticism for a combo guard but will likely be asked to do more this upcoming season at Sprague.