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Oregon’s best high school boys basketball players: Meet the top stars in the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference

We’re taking a conference-by-conference look at some of the state’s top high school basketball players. Here’s the Northwest Oregon Conference boys list.
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We’re taking a conference-by-conference look at some of the state’s top high school basketball players. Here’s the Northwest Oregon Conference boys list.

Every league has numerous standout players, and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Let us know which other players you think should be added to the list.

Nick Robertson (La Salle Prep) photo by Dave Ball

WILSONVILLE

The Wildcats have charged to the top of the league behind a twin towers style attack that features 6-foot-10 senior Logan Thebiay and 6-foot-7 junior Tristan Davis.

Thebiay is on pace to set Wilsonville’s single-season rebounds record and has signed to play at Oregon Tech. Davis highlighted his season with a 28-point outburst in a win over Hillsboro. A defensive end on the Wildcats’ football team, he has received early offers from Colorado and Nevada.

“Logan shoots a high percentage, and is a really improved and athletic player who is a great defender,” Wilsonville coach Chris Roche said. “Tristan is a strong low post player with a nice touch from the perimeter, too. He rebounds the ball very well and can be an impact player.”

The Wildcats’ backcourt features senior Enzo Chimienti and junior Maxim Wu. Chimienti is averaging double-digits in points with a season-high 25 in a win over Rancho Christian during a holiday tournament. Wu is the team’s best perimeter defender.

“Enzo has worked really hard on his game and is one of our most improved players,” Roche said. “Maxim is a superb ball-handler and can score in a variety of ways.”

The Wildcats also rely on sophomores Kyle Counts, grandson of OSU star Mel Counts, and Kallen Gutridge, who is the team’s leader in scoring, assists and steals.

“Kyle is a smooth and versatile player, who shoots the ball well and may be out best passer,” Roche said. “He’s an athletic combo guard — an impact player who does a bit of everything very well.”

LA SALLE PREP

The Falcons are led by 6-foot-3 shooting guard Nick Robertson, who went 6 for 8 from behind the arc in the team’s 57-56 season-opening win over Westview.

“He can flat-out shoot the basketball — he’s one of the best shooters in the state,” La Salle Prep coach Sean Kelley said. “He has a nice high quick release and draws everyone’s best defender.”

Junior Finbar O’Brien brings a lot of versatility to the court as he's able to play anywhere from point guard to power forward. He put up a team-high 20 points in La Salle Prep’s midseason win over Wilsonville that snapped the Wildcats’ 77-game league win streak.

“He’s our most athletic player. He can bring the ball up the floor, post up on the block and shoot threes,” Kelley said. “We also give him the toughest defensive assignment most games.”

Senior guard Jacob Scacco gives the Falcons another strong scoring threat.

“He’s fast and can score at all three levels,” Kelley said. “He can really get by guys and to the basket. He gets to places on the court that others cannot, and that creates a ton of opportunities.”

SCAPPOOSE

Scappoose is led by 6-foot-8 post player Skyler Schmidt, who is among the league leaders in scoring with around 19 points per game. Scappoose also features senior point guard Luke McNabb.

MILWAUKIE

Junior point guard Logan Law powers the Mustangs attack after being named to last year’s all-league team. He put up a season-high 37 points in a two-point loss to Hillsboro last week.

“He’s really aggressive on offense and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands,” Milwaukie coach Donny Law said. “He can move to the left or the right and can shoot the mid-range and the deep threes.”

Junior Kaden Harris rounds out the backcourt with a couple 20-point games early this season.

“He does a great job moving off the ball and finding the open shot,” Law said.

Sean LaChappelle, one of only two seniors in the lineup, is a force inside. He put up 22 points and 10 rebounds during a 74-54 win over Stillwater Christian during the Cactus Jam holiday tournament in Phoenix.

“He gets up and down the floor and has the athletic ability to take his defender off the dribble — he creates a lot of difficult matchups,” Law said.

HILLSBORO

The Spartans are led by 6-foot-6 senior post player Logan Jackson, who has been a full-time starter the past three seasons. He went 8 for 10, his only misses coming from behind the arc, for a team-high 19 points in a recent win over St. Helens.

“He’s a shooter. He’ll make three, four, five shots in a row, and they’ll be deep ones. Not quite in that Dame Lillard area, but close,” Hillsboro coach Mark Ganter said. “His inside game is better than people might expect — he can do damage down low, too.”

The Spartans start senior Leron Richards at point guard, who leads the team in scoring, assists and rebounds.

“He has a good nose for the ball,” Ganter said. “He had good bounce to him and gets to the hoop.”

Richards pulled off a rare triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the team’s league opener.

Junior Jorge Diaz started the season as a swing player seeing occasional minutes to working his way into the main rotation once league play got underway.

“From Day One in conference, he has been a beast getting buckets down low and taking some pressure off Logan in the post,” Ganter said.

PARKROSE

Junior KuVarie Davis leads the Broncos with about 16 points per game, while also setting the tone on the defensive end.

“He’s a natural leader, who has picked up that scoring role,” Broncos coach Donell Morgan said. “This second half of the season his defensive tenacity has shown up and that has become contagious for the whole team.”

The Broncos are also excited about the potential of freshman guard Julius Blair, who is hitting at a 40% rate from three-point range.

“He is able to see the game really well,” Morgan said. “He hits the three-ball, but is also able to get to the basket and create for others. He doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s very young, but he’s very dependable.”

Tyler Fields is one of three seniors on the roster, boosting the team with effort plays.

“He’s not going to jump out on the stat sheet, but he provides leadership — the guys really rally around him,” Morgan said. “We were trying to close out Hillsboro last week, and he came up with timely steals and tipped passes.”

PUTNAM

The Kingsmen feature a young lineup led by a couple of sophomores in point guard Lennon Greenleaf, who is putting up 12 points and three assists per game, along with off guard Chase McDonald, who is averaging about 10 points per game.

ST. HELENS

Point guard Trevor Fitzgerald leads the team with about four steals per game for the Lions.

“His ability to break down defenders and get to the basket is impressive,” St. Helens coach Jake Ramiskey said.

Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches, Neil Wolfe is the Lions’ main target in the post.

“He’s our leading rebounder and shot blocker,” Ramiskey said. “He sets the example in practice.”