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Posted On: 11/12/18 11:59 PM
The start of the early signing period starts on Wednesday and at least three seniors will be inking letters of intent with college programs. There are several others aiming to amp up their college recruitment and garner options in 2017-18 and these are some of the top ones to watch this season.
Isaac Lange (2019 Thurston)
Arguably the most explosive athlete in the class – especially at point guard – Lange continued to showcase his raw abilities this fall. The 6-foot-1 senior dazzles crowds with his speed and highlight-reel dunks but while college programs at all levels are looking, he has yet to receive his first scholarship offer. Another big season while helping Thurston repeat as state champions may be what it takes to get some programs to pull the trigger on him as he continues to hone his perimeter shooting and pure point guard skills.
Brian Warinner (2019 Bend)
At 6-foot-7 and skilled with the basketball, those traits alone have gotten Warinner a bevy of look from college programs at all levels. The fact he’s also a tremendous student has led the Bend senior the opportunity to pursue some high-academic college options as well as he’s applied to prestigious schools such as MIT and Emory. Warinner has also picked up D-II and NAIA offers and more programs will be watching this season.
Keylin Vance (2019 Jefferson)
With his ability to bomb away from the outside, his ability to create his own shot, and finish at the basket in a multitude of ways, Vance may be the most creative scorer in the class. This fall he showed the ability to get hot in a hurry at several showcases and while Jefferson figures to have a pretty balanced attack offensively this season, don’t be surprised to see the 6-foot-2 senior put up some high scoring games. College programs will be watching to see if Vance continues to improve his shot selection and defensive intensity this year.
Josh Angle (2019 Lake Oswego)
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Angle is the best knock-down outside shooter in the state. And as Lake Oswego’s football team advances in the playoffs, a lot will be counted on from the 6-foot-2 senior in the early part of the season. Angle is also one of the top high academic basketball players in Oregon and as he continues to try and attract the attention of the Ivy League, he’s also sorting through D-III possibilities from the likes of Johns Hopkins and NYU among many others vying for his attention.
Jalen Brown (2019 Jefferson)
Some shifting around with teams this summer may have contributed to him getting lost in the shuffle a bit, but Brown certainly clarified this fall by showing off his athleticism and ability to knock down deep threes this fall. Like Vance, the 6-foot-3 senior will have to operate within a balanced offensive attack at Jefferson this year but if he’s able to step up when needed, some of the many schools currently looking at him may decide to offer the physically gifted wing.