State of Oregon: Hotbed for Basketball Recruits

When talking about basketball recruiting hotbeds, the state of Oregon rarely comes up in any conversations about big-time players. Most analysts and recruiting experts would say that most of the top collegiate players each year come from big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Coaches and fans alike are starting to realize that Oregon is a hot bed of Hoop Talent.

This season there are currently at least 45 players from the state of Oregon on Division I rosters, with 18 of those players coming from the Portland metropolitan area. At least six of these players are legitimate NBA prospects. Six more Oregon high school seniors have already committed to Division I programs and more may follow from the JC ranks. The following is a list of Oregon high school basketball players playing Division I basketball with the top 20 ranked according to their play this season.

Oregon's top 20 Division 1 Hoop Players

1. Mike Dunleavy, 6-9, 220, junior, Duke (Jesuit HS) - added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame in the offseason and has developed into the premier swingman in the country. Can mix it up inside with the big guys, but is even more comfortable playing outside and creating shots for teammates or draining the long three-pointer. Can defend smaller guards as well as power forwards, making his versatility a big part of Dukes success. Has an incredible basketball mind that reminds many of Larry Bird. If he stays for his senior season he will be the best player in college basketball next year. Had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in opening half against NC State on his way to career high 27 points. Averaging 17.5 points (5th in conf.), 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.4 steals (4th in conf.) while shooting 48% from the field. As a sophomore started for the national champion Blue Devils averaging 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds. Must improve upon his career 69% free throw shooting.

2. Luke Jackson, 6-7, 210, sophomore, Oregon (Creswell HS) - another swingman who bulked up in the offseason and improved tremendously. Jackson has become an offensive demon, attacking opponents with a variety of moves and finding ways to hit tough shots. "Unstoppable" is a word often used to describe his offensive game. He is an excellent free throw shooter and is adept at drawing fouls. Has become a defensive force, able to match up with players of all sizes. Averaging 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.0% FG, 84.8% FT, and 37.5% from beyond the arc. Oregon State coach Ritchie McKay called him, "by far the most underrated player in the country." Needs to improve his ball handling skills if he does could move to the '2' guard.

3. Freddie Jones, 6-4, 210, senior, Oregon (Barlow HS) - the best athlete of this group has settled into his role on a very good Oregon team. No longer the "go to guy", Jones has not forced shots and has played within the team concept. As a result he's scoring more points, shooting a better percentage, and playing the best defense in his four years at Oregon. He still needs to develop his left hand and improve on his mid-range game to be a game-breaker. Averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals while shooting 53.6% FG, and 84.5% FT. Last season he averaged 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 47% FG and 80% FT.

4. Josh Davis, 6-8, 235, senior, Wyoming (Salem Academy HS) - Josh, at his best, is a bigger stronger Mike Dunleavy. Can 360 Dunk one trip then hit a deep three the next. Very versatile player that reminds many of Mike Miller from Florida. Needs to show consistent Fire in his belly every night to really deserve this rank. Averaging 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.7 steals while shooting 58% from field this season for an 11-4 Cowboy team. Averaged 13.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists as a junior while shooting 48% FG and 73% FT.

5. Aaron Miles, 6-1, 175, freshman, Kansas (Jefferson HS) - has started at point guard in all 17 games for the top 5 ranked Jayhawks. Does not score much, but is in the top 5 of the Big-12 in assists and steals, which is exactly what you want a young point guard to do. A tremendous floor leader as shown by Jeffersons success during his four years of starting there. Will need to improve his jump shot as time goes by, but Aaron's in a great spot at Kansas surrounded by shooters and big time talent. Will be a scary defender as he matures. Averaging 26.8 minutes, 6.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals, with an outstanding 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Shooting 42% FG, 74% FT, and 44% on 3-point shoots.

6.. Salim Stoudamire, 6-2, 175, freshman, Arizona (Lake Oswego HS) - a cousin of former Arizona star Damon Stoudamire, Salim has stepped right into the starting lineup for the young Wildcats. A lefty, like Damon, can take it strong to the hoop or bury a deep three-pointer. Has shown flashes of brilliance on the defensive end, as he shut down UCLA's Jason Kapono for the final 10 minutes during Arizona's comeback win last week. Salim has melded in nicely in Lute Olson's guard oriented attack. Averaging 12.1 points while shooting 41.7% from treys and leading the nation in free throw shooting at 98%. Made 39 straight free throws at one point during the year.

7. Brian Jackson, 6-9, 240, junior, OSU (Knappa HS) - has been a starter since his freshman year for the mediocre Beavers. His lack of quickness causes foul trouble which often limits his minutes. He has improved his shooting percentage each season, but still needs to become a tougher rebounder and work on his ball handling skills. This season he is averaging 26.2 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 57% FG, 83% FT, and 40% on treys. As a sophomore Jackson averaged 9.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists, shooting 44% FG and 67% FT.

8. Terrance Green, 6-2, 180, junior, Nevada (Benson HS) - an athletic slasher who has no fear taking the ball to the hoop. Green has cemented himself as the leader and go to guy of this Wolfpack team. He had a tremendous game against Fresno State on January 12 in Nevadas upset win, scoring 25 points, handing out 6 assists and grabbing 4 rebounds in a game the Wolfpack had no business winning. He was named WAC player of Week for his efforts. Averaging 16.1 points (5th in conf.), 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 80% FT, and 31% on treys. He has scored in double figures in 49 of 72 career games, moving into the schools top 10 lists in scoring, 3-pointers, free throws, and steals. As a sophomore Green averaged 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. He must continue to develop his outside jumper to play at the next level.

9. Blake Stepp, 6-4, 190, sophomore, Gonzaga (South Eugene HS) - a two year starter for the perennially tough Bulldogs, Stepp is a very smart player and great shooter with tremendous range. This coaches son plays to the stereotype. Is limited athletically, so he has trouble matching up defensively with quicker players. Has some nagging injuries which, if they do not go away, could hamper his career. Came close to a triple double in Zags win on January 19, with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Has started 12 games this season averaging 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, while shooting 38% FG, and 80% FT. Averaged 10.3 points and 3.6 rebounds as a freshman.

10. Tim Frost, 6-10, 234, senior, Utah (transfer from University of Portland), (Henley HS) - started 49 of 56 games during his career at Portland. A true Center who can score, rebound and is athletic enough to run the floor. Coach Rick Majerus convinced Frost that Utah was a better place to develop as a big man (ala Mike Doleac) than Oregon. Can you imagine Frost and the two Luke's for two years together? As a sophomore Frost led his team with 14.9 points, seven rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 27.9 minutes, shooting 77.4% free throws. Frost had career highs of 22 points and 18 rebounds against Sacramento State. Frost was named first team all-WCC as a sophomore. As a freshman, averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds.

11. Adam Masten, 6-5, 200, senior, OSU (Sprague HS) - another son of a coach who is a good ball handler, shooter, and very smart overall player. Like Stepp, he is limited athletically, but makes up for it with size and smarts. A lefty who can play the 1,2 or 3 spot. Has started every game this season, averaging 31 minutes, 9.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 47% FG and 69% FT. Averaged 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3 assists last season.

12. Craig Lewis, 6-3, 190, senior, Pepperdine (Benson HS) - Lewis is a very athletic scorer and tremendous defensive player who has become a big part of the Waves success. He is a clutch player and played a major role in the Waves wins over UCLA and Gonzaga this season. He is their sixth man, averaging 10 points, 1.9 rebounds 1.6 assists, and 1.5 steals. As a junior he averaged 9 points and 1.3 steals.

13. Travis DeManby, 6-4, 180, senior, Fresno St. (South Medford HS) - is a versatile guard who can play either the point or 2-guard positions. Fresno's designated shooter. How'd Demanby get to Fresno? Who knows. Has started all 18 games this season averaging 27.4 minutes, 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 88% from the line. As a sophomore he averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.

14. Boomer Brazzle, 6-6, 210, junior, Pepperdine (Benson HS) - another Benson graduate who is playing big minutes for a surprising Pepperdine team. Brazzle is a good mid-range shooter who doesn't take bad shots. Boomer can have some great games (ala the win over Gonzaga this year) but he's not consistently the player he can be. As a starting forward, Brazzle is averaging 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 45% FG and 79% FT.

15. Mike Lee, 6-3, 210, freshman, Kansas (Jefferson HS) - in the classic two-guard mold, Lee is stuck on a very talented team with three very good guards. Lee is very strong and is as comfortable taking the ball to the hoop as he is pulling up from 20 feet and draining jumpers. He is also a good ball handler and defensive player who understands playing within a team concept. Mike looks to be the 9th guy in an 8 man rotation at Kansas. Along with Salim the two best shooters in this group. Has played in 14 games, averaging 3.9 minutes and 1.9 points.

16. Antone Jarrell, 6-6, 205, sophomore, UTEP (Jefferson HS) - another starter from the Democrats state championship team, Jarrell has become a starter this season for the Miners. Jarrell is very athletic but needs to develop more consistency shooting and handling the ball. Has Freddie Jones type hop and athleticism which sometimes takes time to harness. Averaging 18.1 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists this season, but shooting only 34% FG and 53% FT. As a freshman he averaged 2 points, and 1.4 rebounds in limited minutes.

17. Darren Cooper, 6'3 185, freshman, Eastern Washington (Benson HS) - Cooper is a pure PG who really came on late in his high school career. Broke his leg as a junior and missed that season and most the summer wasn't 100%. Eastern Washington got a steal. Darren is a quiet leader who as he gains confidence will be a dominant Big Sky player. As the sixth man, has led team in scoring, rebounding and assists at least once this season. Averaging 17 minutes, 7.2 points and 1.8 assists while shooting 91% from the free throw line.

18. Mike McGrain, 6-3, 210, freshman, San Diego (Jesuit HS) - Mike's rock solid as a true freshman for USD. Not going to wow you but will get W's for his leadership and confidence down the stretch. A major player in the Crusaders success for the past three years as point guard in basketball and quarterback in football. Has become the starting point guard for the Toreros as a true freshman, averaging 24 minutes, 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1 steal. Shooting 44% from the field and three-point line.

19. Mike Hood, 6-4, 190, junior, UC Irvine Anteaters (Beaverton HS) (Southern Idaho JC), Mike is a very athletic wing player who can score the rock. Hood is their sixth man, and their three point gunner, 39% on season, making over 2 per game, avgs 8.6 pts, 2.7 reb, 3.4 ass, 1 stl... had a high game of 25 this season.

20. Justin Holbrook, 6-7, 220, senior, Santa Clara (Springfield HS) - A good shooter and ball handler for his size, Holbrook lacks quickness causing foul trouble and limiting his minutes. He has earned 3 varsity letters for the Broncos, playing significantly since his freshman year. This season he has averaged 19.8 minutes, 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3 fouls per game. Averaged 8.2 points last season.

The best of the rest:
Brian Michaelson, 6-3, 197, freshman, Gonzaga (Jesuit HS) - A pure scorer who can score in a variety of ways using his great instincts on the court. Not a great athlete but showed the ability to hit tough, clutch shots during his play for the Crusaders. Is playing in a great system that will allow him to utilize his strengths on the court. Needs to find a way to get minutes. I expect him to be another in a long line of great Gonzaga guards. Has only played in 4 games this season, averaging 3 points and 1.8 rebounds.
Blair Wilson, 6-7, guard, Colorado (Lake Oswego), CU's third leading scorer, 11.2 ppg, 3.1 reb, 1.7 ass, 1 steal, 48% FG, 79%FT, 43% on treys
Ryan Slider, 6-5, Montana (Tigard), avg. 6.1 ppg, 4.1 reb, 1.5 assits, shooting 49% FG, 71% FT
Scott Rainey, 6-10, Cal Santa Barbara, (Astoria).
Matt Brown, 6-9, 215, SR, Colorado State (Roseburg) averaging 6 pts, 3.8 reb, 1.9 assist, 59% FG, 41% FT
Tim Johnson, 6-10, Pacific (Hillsboro), 2.4 pts, 2.1 reb, 52% FG
Ross Mills, 6-1, Pacific, (Salem), 4.8 pts, 2.2 reb, 48% FG, 70% FT, and 41% on 3-point shooting.
Chris Baert, 6-8, St. Mary's (Bend), 1.9 ppg.
Mike Cokely, 5-8, 170, junior, OSU (Knappa HS)---played in 10 games this season, has played minimum minutes since his freshman year. Scholied to carry Brian Jackson's bags.
Ian Elseth, 6-7, 215, freshman, OSU (Grants Pass HS) - has shown he can play in the Pac-10. Not big minmutes but will be a great role player for teh Beavers. Versatile wing who defends well in the post. played in 13 games with one start.
Vic Remmers, 6-4, 190, freshman, OSU (Jesuit HS) - an outstanding three point shooter in high school, Remmers must develop other aspects of his game to play at the Pac-10 level. Has played sparingly in 4 games for the Beavers. If he can defend he'll play. Shooter who has no range and should see some action because of that.
David Lucas, 6-6, 205, freshman-redshirt., OSU (Tigard HS) - played in 5 games. Son of former Trailblazer enforcer Maurice Lucas.
Mike Roberts, 6-9, 210, sophomore, Indiana (South Eugene HS) - has not played this season…. Averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds as a freshman. What happened to Roberts? He didn't leave with Knight did he?
Scott Boardman, 6-5, 195, junior, San Diego (Beaverton HS) - rangy wing who has worked his way into some minutes. Has earned 2 varsity letters for San Diego. Averaging 11.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1 assist per game this season.
Jason Lewis, 6-3, 180, senior, Eastern Washington (Churchill HS) - a great ball handler and floor leader, Lewis has started every game this season averaging 30 minutes, 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.
Kevin Briggs, 6-2, 180, junior, Portland State (Clackamas HS) - has been a major player for the Vikings since his freshman year. Briggs is an undersized wing player who is a natural scorer from inside or outside. Has started 12 of 15 games this season averaging 29 minutes, 7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal per game. He's shooting 48% from three-point land this season. Averaged 5.4 pts as a sophomore.
Jeff Williams, 6-8, 220, freshman, Montana State (North Salem HS) - redshirting.
Dan Read, 6-10, 225, junior, Cal State Northridge (North Eugene HS)--- Has the size to be an impact player, but his lack of athleticism often gets him into foul trouble early and limits his minutes. Has earned two varsity letters for the Matadors. Started 10 games this season, averaging 11.5 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds.
John Ollinger, 6-1, 175, freshman, Portland State (South Salem HS) - redshirting this season after a good career for the perrenially strong Saxons. A point guard with a scorers mentality, Ollinger is a good outside shooter and ball handler who will need to get quicker to be a force at this level.
Jeff Eischen, 6-8, 220, freshman, Portland State (Hillsboro HS) - Eischen is a late bloomer who has worked hard and become a find for teh Vikings. Injuries have slowed him this year. Played sparingly in 2 games this season.
Ben Coffee, 6-5, 200, junior Portland State (transfer from UW) (Benson HS) - sitting out this season after transferring from the University of Washington. Had minimum playing time for the Huskies and will be a much better fit for the Vikings. Coffee is a very athletic wing that must improve his outside shot and ball handling to be a real force in the Big Sky Conference. His athleticism will provide instant offense, rebounding and defense for the Vikings. Coffee is tough to evaluate because we haven't seen him play much since high school.
Jason Humbert, 6-9, 230, senior, Eastern Washington, (North Salem ) - the leading rebounder for the Eagles, Humbert is averaging 21 minutes, 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1 steal this season. Averaged 8 points per game last season while shooting 48% from the field.
Gregg Smith, 6-10, 255, sophomore, Eastern Washington (Cottage Grove HS) - a starter in both conference games this season, averaging 10.8 minutes, 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 51% FG.
Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, sophomore, Santa Clara (Newport HS) - a starter for half the season, Howell has averaged 14.3 minutes, 2.4 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field.
Marko Kalemkeris, 6-6, 195, junior, San Diego (Ashland HS) - played in 3 games this season with very limited minutes.

Junior College Players:
Brandon Brooks, 6-0, 175, SO, Verbal of USC (Jefferson HS) - Brooks is an extremely quick and athletic point guard with a scorers mentality. He has shown the ability to distribute the ball and was a major part of the Democrats nationally ranked and undefeated season two years ago. Many in NE Portland think Brandon is the best to Ever come out of that area. Averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 assists as freshman at Indian Hills CC in Iowa. Latest word has Brooks back in Portland at PCC and verbally comitted to Southern Cal. Brooks has been back and forth between Iowa St. and USC but according to Brandon - he's at Portland Community College to escape "the pressure of me going to Iowa State."
John Tinnon, 6'8, 235, sophomore, Southeastern JC. John has the wing span of a 7 footer. If you followed the 99 Jefferson team closely many people thought Tinnon was the MVP. Does a great job keeping the ball up and scores with high percentage shots in the paint. Don't know what John's plans are for next year.
Jack Wolfinger, 6-10, 235, junior, (Wilson HS) committed to USC but is currently injured and looking for a school closer to the northwest. Played for Ventura College (CA) before getting injured. Wolfinger is an inside/outside big man who can shoot the ball very well from beyond the arc. He must work on his toughness and inside play to make an impact on the next level. The latest word on Wolfinger has him practicing with Cascade college in Portland and planning on attending Cascade next year. According to the Portland Tribune USC has released Wolfinger from his LOI at huis request.

Authors notes: I'm sure there are players we missed. That's part of the reason for doing this to find out who is where. Feel free to post on the message board if we missed anyone. Stats are unconfirmed and were gathered at various times. Rankings are based on play as a college player and not based on pro potential.

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