Posted On: 09/4/19 3:50 PM
Barring any last minute decisions, the college destinations of the Class of 2019 in Oregon have been determined and this month, many of those getting ready to start their college basketball careers will have enrolled in school. Division III can be a little hard to track as there are no official signees, but here’s our list of those who are heading to the Division III level. This list will be adjusted as we learn of new players added this winter.
|Josh Angle||6’2||SG||Lake Oswego||Claremont McKenna|
|Jacob Bolger||6’5||SF||Cleveland||Pacific (Ore.)|
|Alex Boyd||6’3||SG||La Salle||Kenyon (Ohio)|
|Grant Fuson||6’5||SF||Lake Oswego||Cal Lutheran|
|Aidan Martin||6’2||SG||Grant||Carleton (Minn.)|
|Chase McClain||6’2||PG||Mountain View||Linfield|
|Riley Nichol||6’8||PF||Stayton||Puget Sound|
|Aiden Williams||5’11||PG||Jesuit||Redlands (Calif.)|
|Jaden Robinson||6’2||SG||Sandy||Pacific (Ore.)|
|Jazz Ross||6’1||SG||Tigard||Pacific (Ore.)|
Breakdown: As is usually the case, the in-state members of the Northwest Conference successfully recruited most of the players that went the D-III route for college. In particular, Linfield went after and landed some of the most highly ranked players in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2019 rankings. Chase McClain actually had interest from Division II schools and out-of-state NAIA programs but decided that the Wildcats were the best fit. Alex Jaczko was plucked from nearby Newberg as was Braden Thorn from Sherwood, the latter of which will be playing both hoops and baseball for Linfield.
Pacific may add more players in the fall but thus far they’ve added Jacob Bolger, Jazz Ross, and Jaden Robinson. The Boxers had the lead on a couple of other big men from the Metro League in Will Reese (Sunset) and Ross Davis (Southridge) but both decided instead to attend Arizona and Oregon respectively as regular members of the student body.
One of the biggest commitments from the Class of 2019 at the Division III level was that of Brian Warinner to Whitman as the forward from Bend had a number of different options at the D-II, D-III, and NAIA levels. Also heading up north to Washington in the NWC is Riley Nichol, who like Warinner, McClain, and Josh Angle, was a member of the Oregon team that participated in the prestigiuos Northwest Shootout.
Speaking of Angle, the sharp-shooting Lake Oswego guard leads a group of players heading down to California for the next level. He’ll be at Claremont McKenna while another three-point bomber in Aiden Williams of Jesuit will remain a rival at fellow SCIAC member Redlands. Also in the league will be Grant Fuson who will be at Cal Lutheran.
A couple of graduates will head east for school with Alex Boyd at Kenyon in Ohio and Aidan Martin at Carleton in Minnesota. Isaac Rosenthal, who had originally committed to MacAlester in Minnesota, changed course and is attending Northwestern as a regular student.