Since the dawn of the Wayne Tinkle era, the recruitment of Beavers has been largely outside of the State, as players have been channeling from Southern California. Although Southern California has a large pool of talent, it is important not to ignore the local home grown talent within the State. Drew Eubanks, for instance, from Renoylds High School in Gresham, OR, was a home grown product that hadn’t played basketball until he was discovered as a freshman in high school. Zach Reichle, is another example of another Oregon product, as the Wilsonville grad was the 2017 Gatorade Oregon State Player of the Year and opted to stay in State and play for the Beavs . This past season, Oregon High School basketball was displayed through the PIL rivalry between Grant and Jefferson. Year in, year out, these two schools duke it out for bragging rights, but this season, it went down to the last possession. In their first three meetings, Jefferson got the better of Grant, including an exciting Les Schwab Invitational 3rd place game and an overtime thriller decided by a last second floater by recent UW commit Marcus Tshonis of Jefferson. The 6A State Championship game was one for the books, in which Aaron Deloney and Ty Rankin of Grant led a cinderella Generals team over a powerhouse Jefferson team, led by current Longhorns Kamaka Hepa and Pacific Tiger Khalil Chatman. Grant High School won its first State Championship in a decade and it marked a long two year drought since they had defeated Jefferson. Often overshadowed by its bordering neighbors, Oregon High School has a rich history, peaking with the Kevin Love and Kyle Singler days and there is certainly solid competition in the Beaver State. Here are some of the top Oregon Recruits that the Beavs have not shown interest towards, but hopefully that changes as time passes.
Aaron Deloney (Grant, 2019) - led Grant High School to 6A State Title over powerhouse Jefferson High School despite being underdogs. Deloney is a sharp shooting, dynamic point guard that can score at all levels. Leave him an inch of space and he will punish you, can also take it in and finish with an acrobatic move. Averaged 25, 5 and 5 for Generals. Would provide Wayne with knock down shooter with play making capabilities.
Wayne McKinney (Lake Oswego, 2021) - agile, athletic, quick, aggressive, defensive minded guard for Lake Oswego. Needs to improve his shooting consistency, however, as a freshman played impact minutes for Lake O. Has a maturity for the game beyond his years, plays with a nice tempo, strong with the ball, and can finish. Look to him to be the next guard to come out of the Portland area.
Keylin Vance (Jefferson, 2019)- microwave guard for Jefferson High School that can light up a game quick. Came off the bench for Jeff last season and put up points in a hurry. Lacks the size for this level, but would be a great walk on for a team that is in need for some more shooters.
Ty Rankin (Grant, 2019)- Deloney’s partner in crime at Grant, sank the two game winning free throws against Jeff in the State Title Game. Tough nosed two guard, has good handle, solid range, and can get into the paint. Played on the Nike EYBL Team Rose City Rebels with Deloney where the tandem played the best teams and individuals in the country.