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Oregon targets shine at Les Schwab

My thoughts on all of the top talent at the 2013 Les Schwab Invitational basketball tournament (Name, position, year, school):

Jeter was perfect from the field against Clackamas

Oregon targets

Chase Jeter, forward, 2015, Bishop Gorman:

Tall and lanky with a lot of frame yet to fill out. Has extremely good balance and control for someone of his size. Played the middle of the two-three zone very well; had active hands and eyes the whole time. Little bit of trouble when switched to the corner zone, as he got run out of position a couple times.. Runs well in transition and has more of a power move than actual power at this point. Elite quickness on the block. Some trouble guarding against power post moves.

Dejounte Murray, guard, 2015, Rainer Beach:

Quick release – actually takes longer getting rid of the ball when taking a set shot. Matches physicality of player he's guarding, but can get hand-heavy on defense. Patient in transition, took a hair too long sizing up cutters in both opportunities I saw, but is a pro at looking defenders off his desired passing lane. Anticipates passing lanes well on defense,

Anthony Mathis, guard, 2015, West Linn:

Fringe guy for Oregon at this point, has an offer from Portland and varying levels of interest from the bigger WCC and Pac-12 schools. Didn't do himself many favors in the first half against South Eugene, seemed rushed with the ball. Moved well without the ball and facilitated well, but turned the ball over on both first half drives; does possess deceptively quick first step. Came on strong in second half as West Linn talent eventually overwhelmed South Eugene.

Grayson Smallwood, forward, 2015, Jefferson

Pritchard showed elite ball skills against South Eugene.

Largely absent on the stat sheet against Lake Oswego due to foul trouble, finishing with only three points and four rebounds. Flashed elite athletic ceiling on defensive end with four blocks and more shots altered. Can see the potential there, hope to see more of his offensive game tomorrow.

Payton Pritchard, guard, 2016, West Linn

Outstanding handles against changing pressures and double-teams that South Eugene threw at him. Fastest hands on the drive that I saw all day – excellent at keeping ball low against big defenders and high against smaller defenders. Deep shooting range, shot arc doesn't change from 12 feet out. Challenged to assert self and dominate in 2nd half and responded, keying West Linn run in the third quarter.

National recruits:

Jahlil Okafor, center, 2014, Whitney Young. Duke commit.

Not quite sure how to grade him out against a vastly undermanned Clackamas team. Showed outstanding ball-handling skills for a man his size – at one point he went between his legs into a spin move, into a floater down the baseline. Good at using body and reflexes to defend in paint without much hand play. Seemed disinterested on the boards at times, but hey, he didn't even have to jump most of the time.

Stephen Zimmerman, center, 2015, Bishop Gorman

Very strong with the ball in his hands, assertive with possession of the block. Reminds me of Oregon guard Johnathan Loyd with the way teammates feed on his energy. Excels at maintaining balance and control while taking contact. Good vision in transition – twice he drew defenders in before feeding easy lay in. Had dunk of the first day with a vicious windmill in transition.

Paul White, forward, 2014, Whitney Young. Georgetown commit.

Fluid, consistent player with and without the basketball. Moves well without the ball and has great vision of the entire floor. Smooth jumper, though I didn't see him create a shot purely from an isolation standpoint. Best on-ball defender I saw – neither starting Clackamas forward had a good offensive showing.

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