Posted On: 05/3/21 11:27 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 scorers that are returning (listed with ppg):

Luke Smith Luke Smith 6'3" | CG Willamette | 2021 State OR , Willamette (22.9)
TJ Zimmerman TJ Zimmerman 6'4" | PF West Albany | 2021 State OR , West Albany (18.9)
Damontae Burns Damontae Burns 6'1" | CG Parkrose | 2021 State OR , Parkrose (18.0)
Isaiah Gilliam Isaiah Gilliam 6'2" | CG South Albany | 2021 State OR , South Albany (17.3)
Kevin Sanchez Kevin Sanchez 6'2" | CG Crook County | 2021 State OR , Crook County (17.1)
Trey Bryant Trey Bryant 6'0" | CG Springfield | 2021 State OR , Springfield (15.5)
Nic Boyd Nic Boyd 6'0" | PG La Salle Prep | 2021 State OR , La Salle (14.1)
Noah Dewey Noah Dewey 6'4" | SF Crescent Valley | 2022 State OR , Crescent Valley (12.4)
Jake Newell Jake Newell 6'3" | SF Thurston | 2022 State OR , Thurston (11.7)
Cole Weber, Lebanon (11.0)
Justin Hamilton Justin Hamilton 6'6" | PF Crescent Valley | 2021 State OR , Crescent Valley (10.1)
Emanuel Romero, Hood River Valley (10.0)

Analysis: With Nathan Bittle having finished his high school career with Prolific Prep, Luke Smith Luke Smith 6'3" | CG Willamette | 2021 State OR (2021 Willamette) is the odds-on favorite to win the 5A scoring title. The now 6-foot-3 guard can pretty much score from anywhere on the court and the Bushnell signee has even improved upon his pull-up mid-range game. The

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