Traveling Team: Portland Panthers

Reggie Guyton didn't really start up the program with the intent of becoming a team loaded with big-time talent. It's just sort of happened that way for the Portland Panthers head man. Now he's got a high-major big man and a couple of brothers that should make them competitive nearly every game.

When Reggie Guyton began the Portland Panthers, it was basically just a youth program that featured a bunch of quality players in middle school. Now he's added a few more D-1 kids and has put together a team that rivals just about anyone in the northwest – and maybe the entire west coast.

It all starts with 6-9, 230-pound junior big man Artem Wallace, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia.

``No one really knew much about him because he's a Class 1A player from Toledo, Washington," Guyton said. ``But last April he started to make some noise when he was dunking on people. He's a legitimate four-man and not really a five, even though I'll play him there some. He can step out and shoot it to 17-feet on a consistent basis."

UCLA is recruiting Wallace – as is Washington, Stanford and Gonzaga.

Junior Josh Tarver will be running the show and one of his main weapons will be his brother, sophomore swingman Seth Tarver. Josh is a good ballhandler and floor leader who can also knock down the perimeter shot while Seth is more athletic and gets the majority of his points taking it to the basket.

``Josh is a real under-the-radar guy," Guyton said. "He's like Aaron Miles with a jump shot. He's the real deal. Seth is a legitimate three-man who can really create his own shot and get to the cup."

McNary High 6-8 sophomore forward Phillip Nelson will likely start up front while the other starting spot is up for grabs between Jefferson High 6-foot junior guard Mac Hopson and Central Catholic 6-4, 205-pound swingman Corey Allen.

``Nelson shoots the three well, has incredible hops and handles it well also," Guyton said. "He's extremely versatile and can do everything except play with his back to the basket right now."

``We have a ton of talent this year," Josh Tarver said. "Plus, the chemistry is much better this year than last year. The key for us will be rebounding, because we have a lot of smart players – but we're not that big."

Portland Panthers (Portland, Ore.)

Coaches: Reggie Guyton

Affiliation: Reebok

Top Prospect: BF-C Artem Wallace (6-9, 230, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Josh Tarver (6-3, 180, JR); WG-WF Seth Tarver (6-6, 195, SOPH); F Phillip Nelson (6-8, 190, SOPH); G Mac Hopson (6-0, 150, JR)

Others: WG-WF Corey Allen (6-4, 205, JR); WG Lathen Wallace (6-4, 185, SOPH); F Brad Hodge (6-7, 190, JR); WG Casey Reed (6-5, 185, JR); G Sergio Jones (5-11, 155, JR); F Andy Poling (6-10, 195, 8th)

Opening Tourney: Vegas Pump & Run Tournament (Nev.) – April 16-18

Famous Alum: Thomas Gardner


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