The Les Schwab Invitational kicked off at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. The event consists of 16 teams. 13 of the teams are from the state of Oregon and 4 are from across the country. The talent level was pretty good for the first day of the event. Many players stood out that will have a shot at the next level.
- Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty) – The undecided 2013 wing had a career high with 43 points. Gordon also grabbed 15 rebounds and put on a show with 9 rim rattling dunks. One thing about Gordon is that he leaves everything all on the court. Whatever college that gets Gordon is getting a hard working young man who just loves the game of basketball. Expect Gordon to impress the crowd throughout the whole tournament.
- Ryan Shearmire (West Linn) – Shearmire looked good down low in the post and had a nice face up game. The 6’5 2014 forward finished with 27 points and ran the court well. Shearmire is fundamentally sound who hustles on the court.
- Payton Pritchard (West Linn) – Remember this name, PAYTON PRITCHARD. Only a freshman, the 2016 guard is well beyond his age. Pritchard’s court vision and leadership is rare for being so young. Pritchard was very vocal on the court and dished out 10 assists. There is no doubt you guys will be hearing about the young man in the near future.
- Anthony Mathis (West Linn) – West Linn isn’t lacking in talent that’s for sure. The 6’1 guard looked very good. Mathis scored in many ways and finished with 25 points. There’s no question that the 2014 guard will be one to watch down the road.
- Silas Melson (Jefferson) – Melson has been getting a lot of attention lately. Melson put on a show from behind the arc in the first half and went 7-7. The 2014 prospect finished with 34 points. Melson put the ball on the ground and displayed a nice shot selection.
- Khyan Rayner (Jesuit) – At 5’11, the Princeton commit looked good on the court. Rayner led the team with 26 points and was 9-13 from the field. Size wasn’t an issue for the young man.
- Isaiah Smith (Columbia River) – Another player flying under the radar in the northwest. Smith is 6’8 and has the tools that many big men don’t have around the country. Smith finished with 32 points and ran the court well. Any colleges looking for a big man in the class of 2013, Smith is one to check out.
- AJ Monterossi (Southridge) – The 2014 guard stood up to challenge against Archbishop Mitty. Monterossi scored 21 points by getting to the rim with some crafty plays.
- Calvin Hermanson (Lake Oswego) The Saint Mary’s commit scored from the outside and the inside. Hermanson passed the ball pretty well. The reigning state player of the year finished with 20 points.
- Kris Jenkins (Gonzaga College HS) – Jenkins is committed to Villanova and displayed an all-around game for a big man. Jenkins has a nice IQ for his size and can either post up or face up to extend his game to the three point line. Jenkins will need to lose some weight for the everyday hustle and bustle at the college level.
- Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof (Gonzaga College HS) – At 6’7 the 2014 forward has a nice wingspan who displayed a nice post game. Abdur-Ra’oof finished with 16 points and was very active on the boards.
- Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga College HS) – The 2014 guard didn’t score much because he didn’t need to. Crawford is a leader on the court and has great court vision. Next year Crawford will be asked to score more. Many colleges are already looking at the superstar.
- Ja’Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti) – Newton is getting interest from some high majors and he didn’t disappoint. The 2014 guard finished with 27 points and scored by attacking the rim. Newton has nice size at his position standing at 6’3.
- John Davis (Neumann-Goretti) – Davis was a man amongst boys as far as how big he was. Davis was effective using his body and put up 14 points. The 6’5 forward will be attending Towson next year.
Topics: Aaron Gordon, Aj Monterossi, Anthony Mathis, Calvin Hermanson, Isaiah Smith, Ja'quan Newton, John Davis, Jordan Abdur-ra'oof, Khyan Rayner, Kris Jenkins, Melson, Oregon, Pac-12, Payton Pritchard, Ryan Shearmire, Saint Martins, Silas, St. John's, Villanova