Roosevelt, Grant, Jefferson and Wilson all contribute talent
Jefferson junior Brian -Morris is the perfect example of why the Tribune's 2004 All-City boys basketball team focuses on potential.
Morris, voted the Portland Interscholastic League player of the year by the coaches, is 6-9 and growing.
'My doctor says I might have as much as 3 more inches to grow,' Morris says. 'That's going to make me a dominating player. I just have to keep working harder.'
Morris had a pretty dominating season, scoring 16 points per game and helping the Democrats go 18-0 in league and get within a 3-pointer of the state tournament.
Morris and teammate Mac Hopson, the Demos' junior point guard, join seniors Germain Jordan-Brown of Wilson, Donnie Harrison-Davis of Grant and Andre Ferguson of Roosevelt on the annual All-City team, consisting of the top PIL players and selected by the Tribune.
Jordan-Brown made the biggest jump this season. He had scored 22 points per game as a junior Ñ for the Wilson junior varsity Ñ but grew 3 inches in the offseason and turned into a dynamic forward. He frequently scored more than 20 points and averaged 18 for the season.
'I got taller and my skills improved a lot, so it was quite a year,' he says. 'I was totally surprised by what happened from last year to this year.'
Jordan-Brown says he plans to play for a junior college in Oregon next season if a four-year offer doesn't materialize.
Harrison-Davis guided Grant to a 14-4 record as its primary shooting guard, and he was the PIL's leading scorer at 18.3 points per game.
The Generals got to the final 16 in the state playoffs and just missed a spot in the state tournament, losing to eventual runner-up Redmond.
'We had high expectations, so we were disappointed not to get to state,' says Harrison-Davis, who plans to play at a junior college in California or Wyoming.
Ferguson tossed in 16 points per game for Roosevelt, but his biggest contributions were often sweat related. To reach the state playoffs, the Roughriders needed to get the most out of their top five or six players, so Ferguson rarely got time off. Roosevelt finished 7-11 in league play.
Ferguson hopes to play for a four-year college next season, either at an NCAA Division II or III school or at the NAIA level. He says Alaska-Fairbanks is recruiting him.
Hopson, the nephew of Self Enhancement Inc. co-founder Tony Hopson, scored 13 points per game and was one of three team captains for the Demos, along with Morris and senior Anthony Atherton. Hopson guided a diverse mix of ages, from seniors to sophomores, who are likely to contend for the state title the next two seasons.
Hopson found his way to the All-City team ahead of two other top junior point guards: Dominic Waters of Grant and Omar Leary of Lincoln, who was on the team last year as a sophomore.
Morris, only 16, says he's been getting a lot of mail from teams that traditionally are ranked in the top 10 Ñ Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and others.
All the attention is quickly breaking him of the idea that he is just a role player for the Demos. He plans to be much more assertive next season, when the Demos could start the season ranked No. 1 in the state.
'Next year, it's going to be my year,' Morris says. 'It's going to be my team, my year. Watch out for Jefferson.'