Conference Preview

Posted On: 05/5/21 12:21 AM

The season is set to begin in a couple of weeks and it’s time to look at the top players that are coming back. We checked with the coaches in 5A to see who they are expecting to return and contribute. Based on the responses we received, these are the top rebounders that are returning (listed with rpg):

Jake Newell Jake Newell 6'3" | SF Thurston | 2022 State OR , Thurston (8.5)
TJ Zimmerman TJ Zimmerman 6'4" | PF West Albany | 2021 State OR , West Albany (8.0)
Cayden Lowenbach Cayden Lowenbach 6'6" | PF Crook County | 2021 State OR , Crook County (6.8)
Luke Smith Luke Smith 6'3" | CG Willamette | 2021 State OR , Willamette (6.7)
Isaiah Gilliam Isaiah Gilliam 6'2" | CG South Albany | 2021 State OR , South Albany (6.5)
Ashton Foster, Dallas (6.4)
Justin Hamilton Justin Hamilton 6'6" | PF Crescent Valley | 2021 State OR , Crescent Valley (6.0)
Cole Weber, Lebanon (6.0)
Trey Bryant Trey Bryant 6'0" | CG Springfield | 2021 State OR , Springfield (5.8)
Kevin Sanchez Kevin Sanchez 6'2" | CG Crook County | 2021 State OR , Crook County (5.3)

Analysis: Had Nathan Bittle returned, the Oregon signee would have easily captured the rebounding title. Instead one of the top tight ends in the state, Jake Newell Jake Newell 6'3" | SF Thurston | 2022 State OR (2022 Thurston) had a breakout sophomore campaign and the 6-foot-4 junior should once again be one of 5A’s top rebounders. Another football standout in T.J. Zimmerman (2021 West Albany) will be able to dominate the boards once again and may have even more

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