On College Hoops
He may not be the second coming of Pooh Jeter, but new University of Portland basketball signee T.J. Campbell will help the Pilots.
'He could be very good for us, but it's not like he's an elite player yet,' coach Eric Reveno says of the 5-9 Campbell, from Glendale Community College (Ariz.). Reveno says Campbell and junior-to-be Taishi Ito will give the Pilots 'a good 1-2 punch' at point guard.
Campbell 'provides us with perimeter athleticism and quickness at point guard -different from what we've had,' Reveno says. 'He can dunk easily. He can do some things, like break down people off the dribble and get up and defend. It gives us another dimension. He really solidifies us in terms of skill sets.'
Campbell averaged 16.3 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 steals last season. He shot .495 percent from the field, .453 on 3-pointers and .872 at the free-throw line. 'He's a proven scorer,' Reveno says.
Reveno went shopping for an athletic perimeter player, and 'we could have got a big wing, really athletic, but we went with the better player.'
Campbell joins 6-5 guard Nemanja Mitrovic from Toronto as UP newcomers. The Pilots graduate just one player from the 2007-08 roster and will return 12 lettermen and four starters.
• Sunset High's Garrett Sim says he will choose this week between Oregon, California and Washington State. The Ducks may have the edge.
'I like everything (at Oregon) - the coaches, the new arena, the recruiting class they have coming in,' says the 6-foot guard, who received the waiver of his letter-of-intent from Cal after the Bears fired coach Ben Braun.
The new Cal coach, Mike Montgomery, had a home visit with Sim last week.
'I really like him,' Sim says. 'I could very well end up back at Cal.'
• Oregon City's Brad Tinsley has narrowed his list of potential colleges to four - Vanderbilt, Oregon, Wake Forest and Arizona State - and will make his decision in the next couple of weeks.
The 6-4 guard has visited Vanderbilt, had a home visit with Arizona State basketball coach Herb Sendek on Monday and will visit Wake Forest this weekend.
'Brad's been to Oregon a bunch of times and doesn't need to do an official visit,' says his father, Carl Tinsley. 'He may decide to take a visit to Arizona State. He's really open to all four schools right now.'