Les Schwab Invitational Preview


Hillsboro, Oregon has hosted the Les Schwab Invitational for many years.  The tournament is held at Liberty High School, Dec. 26-30.

The LSI event has seen a lot of players come through their doors who have furthered their careers in either college, NBA, or overseas.  Our friends over at Prime Time PDX have a list of players who made their elite list.  The list can be found here. Elite List

The field of team consists of 13 teams from Oregon and 3 teams from around the country.

Oregon

Benson Techmen
Central Catholic Rams
Corvallis Spartans
David Douglas Scots
Dayton Pirates
Jefferson Democrats
Jesuit Crusaders
Lake Oswego Lakers
Lincoln Cardinals
North Salem Vikings
Southridge Skyhawks
Westview Wildcats
Wilsonville Wildcats

National

Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Yates High School (Houston, TX)
Riverside Academy (New Orleans, LA)

Follow the jump for more.

 

All three teams nationally will be considered favorites to win the tournament.

  • Oak Hill is ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today.  The national powerhouse basketball team coached by Steve Smith is loaded.  The list of players who have played for Oak Hill is superb. There isn’t a year that goes by that Coach Smith doesn’t contend for the national championship.  Twenty three players have been drafted in the NBA that has attended Oak Hill.
  • Yates High was ranked #1 a couple years ago.  Losing only one game this year, the team from Texas has been rolling over their opponents.  When you think Texas, you think football.  Yet lately the lone star state has produced quality high school basketball players.
  • Riverside Academy won the state title last year in New Orleans.  The schedule the team has this year is mainly a national schedule.  The team will be without Tulane commit Louis Dabney.  Dabney tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the year.

Oregon has a couple of teams that will be contenders.

  • Jesuit High School is 5-0 right now.  They are the favorite in Oregon to contend for the championship.  Although they lost 8 seniors last year, Jesuit is a force in the state of Oregon.
  • Westview has lost one game this year and has Kansas commit Landen Lucas. Lucas decided to come back to the state of Oregon to finish his senior year.  Findlay Prep is where Lucas attended high school last year.
  • Corvallis won the 5a state championship last year.  The state champions lost one game and will contend for another state championship this year.  Corvallis has 8 returning players from last year’s team.

Players to watch

  • Landen Lucas (Westview) - Lucas recently committed to Kansas.  The Portland native chose Kansas over Washington, Stanford, Tennessee, and Cal.  Lucas has the ability to score in the post and has a nice face up game.  Lucas is an active forward who could possibly be the best player in the state of Oregon.
  • Jordan Adams (Oak Hill) – The UCLA commit is considered one of the best shooters in the country.  Adams can shoot from three with ease.  The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has a college ready body which he uses to get to the rim.
  • Tyler Lewis (Oak Hill) – Lewis is want you want out of a point guard.  A floor leader that has a great feel for the game.  Lewis is a player who knows when to score and when to get his team involved.  Next year Lewis will attend North Carolina State.
  • Jordan Tebutt (Oak Hill) – Tebutt is a player who never takes a play off.  The 2012 6-foot-5 strong forward hasn’t committed to a college yet.  Tebutt has offers from Oregon State, Portland, Virginia, and Washington State.
  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Oak Hill) – Smith-Rivera is a guard who is always in attack mode.  He can easily take his opponent off the dribble.  The Oak Hill five star guard will be playing his college ball at Georgetown next year.
  • Damien Wilson (Oak Hill) – Wilson is a slasher who loves to get to the rim.  He is very athletic and can put up points in a hurry.  Coach Pastner down at Memphis is getting a player who fits right into their system.
  • Kameron Chattman (Jefferson) – Chattman is a young sophomore guard standing at 6-foot-4.  College coaches around the nation have been in contact with the young man. Portland State University, University of Portland, LSU, USC, Oregon, Marquette, Detroit, Oregon St, Denver, Washington, Washington St, Seattle U, San Francisco, and Stanford have all shown interest in Chattman.
  • Ricardo Gathers (Riverside) – Gathers is an athletic forward with a college football body.  The St. Johns commit is very versatile.  He can shoot, rebound, post up,  and drive to the rim.  Gathers is an exciting player to watch play.
  • L.J. Westbrook (North Salem) – Westbrook is a 2013 prospect who has committed to the Oregon State Beavers.  Westbrook likes to attack the rim and loves playing defense.
  • Jake Ehlers (Corvallis) – Ehlers was Oregon’s 5a state player of the year last year.  The Portland Pilot commit carried his team to 27-1 record along with a state championship.  Ehlers is a skilled power forward who can score and rebound.
  • Calvin Hermanson (Lake Oswego) – The 2013 strong forward has drawn interest from Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, Oklahoma State, Washington State, and Oregon.  Oregon State and Utah have both offered Hermanson.
  • Avery Holmes (North Salem) – Holmes is a solid point guard with a long wingspan.  The 2012 guard has a nice jump shot.  There are some mid and high major schools looking at Holmes.
  • Maika Ostling (Dayton) - The 6-foot-9 center is a force in the middle.  The 2012 big man will play his college ball at Oregon State next year.  Ostling was the Beavers first 2012 commit.
  • Collin Spickerman (Jesuit) – Spickerman is a power forward who has potential.  The 2012 big man displays soft hands and a nice touch in the paint.
  • Melvin Swift (Yates) – A 2014 prospect who plays the power forward position.  Swift has interest from Arizona, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas A&M.
  • Damyean Dotson (Yates) – Oregon fans can get a first look at their future Duck.  The 2012 strong forward can get to the rim.  At 6-foot-5, Dotson uses his size and frame to penetrate past his opponent.

Information regarding game times can be found here. Tournament Brackets

Left Coast Recruiting will be attending the LSI from Dec 26-28.

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