Posted On: 09/5/19 8:51 AM
Barring any last minute decisions, the college destinations of the Class of 2018 in Oregon have been determined and this month, many of those getting ready to start their college basketball careers will have enrolled in school. Here’s a list of those who are heading to the NAIA level, which will still be in two divisions before combining into one in 2020-21.
|Taylor Anderson||5’10||PG||Grants Pass||Corban|
|Kaleb Anundi||6’9||PF||Stayton||Northwest Christian|
|Jack Berg||6’3||SG||Sisters||Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)|
|Aaron Buechley||6’3||SG||Umpqua Valley||Corban|
|Luke Burke||6’0||PG||Willamette||Northwest Christian|
|Oreon Courtney||6’3||SG||West Linn||Lewis-Clark State|
|Brock Henry||6’3||SG||Southridge||Lewis-Clark State|
|Ian Hunt||6’6||PF||Astoria||Evergreen State|
|Cole McAninich||6’4||SG||South Eugene||Northwest Christian|
|Jace Norton||6’1||SG||La Salle||Silver Lake (Wis.)|
|Stephen Parmenter||5’11||PG||Pleasant Hill||Corban|
|Alex Petshow||6’3||SF||Horizon Christian (HR)||Multnomah|
|Caleb Premore||6’3||SG||Faith Bible||Multnomah|
|Andrew Reynolds||6’2||SG||Henley||Northwest Christian|
|Kaden Sand||6’4||SG||Baker||Northwest Christian|
|Stevie Schlabach||6’4||SF||Tigard||Northwest Christian|
|Dustin Silver||6’2||SG||Perrydale||Northwest Christian|
|Nima Vaday||5’9||PG||Lakeridge||Warner Pacific|
|Hayden Wakefield||6’4||SF||Salem Academy||Multnomah|
Breakdown: Once again the in-state NAIA schools in the Cascade Conference loaded up with signees, probably no one more so than Northwest Christian who landed a talented class led by 6A First Team All-State performer Stevie Schlabach, 4A big man Kaleb Anundi, and versatile wing scorer Cole McAninich. Schlabach and Anundi were on the Oregon team that participated in the Northwest Shootout. Other top players that chose to stay in-state for school include Luke Arzner to OIT, Taylor Anderson to Corban, and Hayden Wakefield to Multmomah.
A handful of top players chose to sign with NAIA programs out of state, namely Brock Henry and Oreon Courtney with Lewis-Clark State in Idaho. Both incoming freshmen were First Team All-League in the Metro League and Three Rivers League respectively last year. The player going perhaps the furthest is Jace Norton, who inked late with Silver Lake in Wisconsin.
Notable former Oregon preps choosing to finish their career at the NAIA level include two former 6A First Team All-State honorees in Kadeem Strickland (2015 Jefferson), who signed with Warner Pacific out of Portland CC, and Jake Estep (2018 Beaverton), who transferred to Corban from Western Oregon.