Annual basketball tournament will tip off after Christmas

The Les Schwab Invitational basketball tournament will return to Hillsboro this month, with the first round of games tipping off on Friday, Dec. 27 at Liberty High School.

The LSI — one of the most popular and well-attended high school basketball tournaments in the country — allows local basketball fans to see how well Oregon schools match up against elite high school programs from across the U.S., as the tournament annually draws nationally-ranked teams, plus future college and NBA stars.

Oregon teams scheduled to compete in this year’s LSI are Beaverton, Central Catholic, Churchill, Clackamas, Grant, Jefferson, Jesuit, Lake Oswego, South Eugene, Sunset, Tigard and West Linn. Out-of-state teams are Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Rainier Beach (Seattle), Timberline (Lacey, Wash.) and Whitney Young (Chicago).

Bishop Gorman will feature 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman, the No. 2-ranked junior recruit in the country, and 6-10 forward Chase Jeter, another junior who is ranked in the top-20.

Rainier Beach has won the last two Washington state championships and will look to complete the first “three-peat” in state history in March. The Vikings are led by Louisville commit Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-7 wing, plus fellow seniors Dujuan Piper (6-6) and Dejounte Murray (6-5), both of whom have multiple Division I offers.

Timberline returns seven players and four starters from last year’s team, including Washington commit Donaven Dorsey, a 6-7 wing/forward who averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior.

Whitney Young boasts the No. 1 prospect in the nation in 6-11 center Jahlil Okafor, who has signed with Duke. The Dolphins also feature Paul White, a versatile 6-9 forward who has committed to Georgetown, and Miles Reynolds, a 6-3 shooting guard who inked with St. Louis.

Among Oregon schools, the top players include Jefferson’s Silas Melson, a 6-3 guard who has signed with Gonzaga, Lake Oswego’s Jazz Johnson, a 5-10 point guard committed to the University of Portland, and South Eugene’s Eli Lininger, a 6-5 junior forward who has verbally committed to Yale.

West Linn, meanwhile, will showcase a backcourt with two Division I prospects in point guard Payton Pritchard and shooting guard Anthony Mathis.

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