They may not necessarily be Oregon State targets just yet, but this batch of high school talent from around the Beaver State could one-day become the next big star in Corvallis. From a top-fifty recruit who has an all-out recruiting war for his services to some under-the-radar prospects, we take a look at five in-state prospects who define the current landscape of high school basketball in Oregon.
1. Kamaka Hepa ‘18 (Jefferson HS/Portland)
A native of Barrow, Alaska (a town best known for it’s football team’s role in the NFL Network show “Football Town”), Hepa transferred to Portland’s Jefferson High School before the start of this past season, helping the Democrats secure a Class 6A State Championship in just his first year on campus. A consensus top-fifty recruit, Hepa already holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, USC, Utah, Washington and Wichita State, among others and is hands down, the top high school talent currently in the state. While Oregon State in noticeably absent from that offer list at the moment, Hepa could be a prospect worth pursuing for head coach Wayne Tinkle and company, if the Beavers’ staff believes they have a legitimate chance for his services.
2. Marcus Tsohonis ‘19 (Jefferson HS/Portland)
A starter alongside Hepa at Jefferson High School, Tsohonis is a rising star who will get his fair share of exposure, especially when upper-echelon college programs come vying for his teammate’s talents. At the moment, Tsohonis holds offers from USC and Montana but a wealth of programs have shown growing interest in the 6’ 4” guard already. Tsohonis does seem to have a fondness for the other in-state power conference program in Oregon, telling ScoutHoops back in 2016 that “he’s always liked them”, while he’s also previously taken a visit to the Eugene campus as well. With the Ducks (or another Pac-12 program) looking to be the Beavers biggest competitors for Tsohonis’ services down the line, it’d be ideal for Oregon State to begin to make some recruiting headway sooner, rather than later.
3. Kelton Samore ‘18 (Grant HS/Portland)
A self-described “versatile player” who “wants to get the ball to other players and facilitate”, Kelton Samore is definitely a name to learn on the Oregon basketball circuit, sooner much rather than later. Coming off a season where he led Grant High School into the State Championship Play-offs (before falling to an aforementioned Jefferson team), the 6’ 8”, 200 pound Samore definitely has the feeling of a prototypical college “stretch four”, with his lethal ability to knock down shots from behind the perimeter. Samore currently holds offers from Air Force, Boise State, Colgate, Portland and San Francisco and he’s also taken an unofficial visit to Stanford, showing that his stock is definitely on the rise.
4. Kyle Greeley ‘18 (West Salem HS/Salem)
A bit of a surprise addition to the list, Greeley was a verbal commit to Seattle University up until the middle of March, when a coaching change at the school swayed the 6’ 5” off-guard to re-open his recruitment. Now, Greeley is in the space between blooming into a bona-fide recruiting steal or remaining a largely mid-major type of talent. The West Salem High School product does have his fair share of game, which can be described as “cerebral and crafty” but his offers have yet to catch up to him at this point. Greeley may end up being one of the more interesting recruiting stories to monitor in the state.
5. Khalil Chatman ‘18 (Franklin HS/Portland)
Arguably my personal favorite player on this list, there’s something about Khalil Chatman that just screams potential superstar every time you watch him step on the court and with an athletic and versatile skill-set, he has all the natural tools to take his game to the top. It’s just simply putting the pieces together now for the 6’ 7”, 190 pound swing-man. Currently ranked as just a three-star forward, with offers from Detroit-Mercy and Montana State, Chatman will get his fair share of exposure this season as a critical piece to the Seattle Rotary team on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he’s expected to scoop up a few more looks. Wayne Tinkle has found some surprise gems during his short stay in Corvallis and being the program to lock up a rising star like Chatman, could add to his long list of recruiting achievements.
Also Considered: Elijah Gonzales ‘18 (Clackamas HS), Christian Allen ‘19 (Lakeridge HS), Immanuel Allen ‘18 (Lakeridge HS)