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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 16, 2023 9:32 am

There was a recent article about UP walk-on Kelson Gebbers being one of the best multi-sport athletes in the PNW...

Senior-year highlights: Voted first team 2B Central Washington all-league quarterback. Threw for 2,761 yards and 26 touchdowns with a .547 completion percentage...Basketball team finished second in state and was named to all state tournament first team. Also voted first team all-league, league MVP and Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association 2B Player of the Year. Averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Career accomplishments: Played in three Class 2B state basketball championship games, winning it all in 2020 where he was voted to the all state tournament second team. Voted to 2B Central Washington all-league first team in 2021, 2022 and 2023. All state tournament first team in 2022 and 2023. Basketball career averages were 19.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Scored 1,783 points in 90 games played in career...Played in just 24 games for the football team, but threw for 4,437 yards and 40 touchdowns with a .554 completion percentage in career.

School/community achievements: 3.929 GPA; Academic Honor Society in 2022 and 2023; earned University of Portland Academic President's scholarship.

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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 16, 2023 12:42 pm

...and just like that, UP announces "Washington Prep Star Kelson Gebbers Signs with Men’s Hoops."

https://portlandpilots.com/news/2023/6/16/mens-basketball-washington-prep-star-kelson-gebbers-signs-with-mens-hoops.aspx
"We have known Kelson and watched him develop for a number of years," Legans said. "He will be an excellent fit within our program. Kelson has good size and shoots the ball very well. He brings a winning pedigree and is a great all-around athlete that has a chance to make a real impact here."
"Shooting is my biggest strength," Gebbers said of what he will bring to the team. "I have a good feel for the game and like to cut and get open on offense. I plan to bring energy to the team every day at both ends of the court."
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Post by up7587 Fri Jun 16, 2023 2:33 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Anything can happen between now and the beginning of school in late August, but for now, this is the UP Men's Basketball roster:

Scholarship Players Returning:
Juanse Gorosito, PG, sophomore, 6-1/150, Ceres Santa Fe, Argentina
*Bol Dengdit, PF, R-freshman, 6-11/210, Melbourne, Australia
Vasilije Vučinić, C, junior, 6-10/225, Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
*Vukašin Mašić, SG, R-sophomore, 6-5/205, Belgrade, Serbia (Maine, Hofstra)
Tyler Robertson, G/F, grad-student, 6-6/225, Melbourne, Australia (Eastern Washington)
*Chris Austin, SG, R-senior, 6-4/210, Pasadena, California (Fordham)

Inbound Players:
Yuto Yamanouchi-Williams, C, sophomore, 6-10/215, Aizuwakamatsu Japan (Lamar)
Cyprian Hyde, PF, freshman, 6-10/220, Oceanside, California
Vince Delano, PG, freshman, 6-2/175, Phoenix, Arizona
Tyler Harris, SG, freshman, 6-8/200, Livermore, California
*Thomas Oosterbroek, PF, R-sophomore, 6-8/215, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Miami)
Noah Jordan, SF, grad-student, 6-7/215, Indianapolis, Indiana (West Virginia St.)
Alimamy Koroma, PF, grad-student, 6-8/220, Freetown, Sierra Leone (Cal Poly)

Walk-On Players Returning:
Coleman Lemke, F, R-sophomore, 6-8/190, Las Vegas, Nevada
*Drew Stack, G, R-freshman, 6-3/175, Madison, New Jersey
*Andrew Younan, G, R-freshman, 6-4/175, Westlake Village, California

Walk-On Inbound Players
Jude Harris, SG, freshman, 6-5/200, Los Angeles, California
Kelson Gebbers, SF, freshman, 6-6/200, Brewster, Washington

* Did not play last season

Everyone on this post is now listed on the 2023-2024 roster on PortlandPilots.com.

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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 16, 2023 4:40 pm

up7587 wrote:Everyone on this post is now listed on the 2023-2024 roster on PortlandPilots.com.  
On the roster, and now introduced by UP Athletics: Jude Harris Joins Men’s Basketball Program

https://portlandpilots.com/news/2023/6/16/mens-basketball-jude-harris-joins-mens-basketball-program.aspx
"Jude is a basketball junkie," Legans said. "He has been around the game his entire life and knows what it takes to be successful. He will provide us another shooter that has good knowledge of the game and is excited to be a part of our program."
"I got a good feel for the community on my visit and knew it was the right place for me," Harris said. "I will bring a high IQ mentality to the program and work extremely hard. I'm looking forward to doing whatever it takes to help the team win."
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Jul 04, 2023 9:56 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:There was a recent article about UP walk-on Kelson Gebbers being one of the best multi-sport athletes in the PNW...
....and now Kelson Gebbers is named Washington 2B Senior Athlete of the Year.  

https://www.qcherald.com/school-news/kelson-gebbers-named-washington-2b-senior-athlete-year
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Post by up7587 Fri Jul 21, 2023 12:59 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:...and just like that, UP announces "Washington Prep Star Kelson Gebbers Signs with Men’s Hoops."

https://portlandpilots.com/news/2023/6/16/mens-basketball-washington-prep-star-kelson-gebbers-signs-with-mens-hoops.aspx
"We have known Kelson and watched him develop for a number of years," Legans said. "He will be an excellent fit within our program. Kelson has good size and shoots the ball very well. He brings a winning pedigree and is a great all-around athlete that has a chance to make a real impact here."
"Shooting is my biggest strength," Gebbers said of what he will bring to the team. "I have a good feel for the game and like to cut and get open on offense. I plan to bring energy to the team every day at both ends of the court."

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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Jul 26, 2023 11:22 pm

Yuto Yamanouchi-Williams was an early transfer portal signing, and from what I have seen, UP was fortunate to sign him before other schools had the opportunity...he has the potential to be a star.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1683555527174017024
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Jul 26, 2023 11:29 pm

I am not the only one who has remarked about the upbeat personality and game that Noah Jordan brings to the UP roster.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1684329581422206976
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Aug 01, 2023 2:26 pm

Having had a very quick look at all the inbound players except Alimamy Koroma, who arrives next week after finishing summer school and graduating from Cal Poly this week, I would say there are a couple of potential starters among the group of eight.

Four of the five freshmen look like redshirt candidates, but Tyler Harris looks ready to go now.

Tyler and inbound Lamar transfer sophomore Yuto Yamanouchi-Williams both look like they could start in their first season on The Bluff.
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Sep 06, 2023 6:51 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Four of the five freshmen look like redshirt candidates, but Tyler Harris looks ready to go now.
It's still summer, but 6-8 freshman guard Tyler Harris still looks very impressive and should be a starter based upon what we've seen to this point.  

The other inbound player who will bring toughness to the team and will likely start is 6-8 grad-student forward Ali Koroma who arrived on campus a just before classes started.

The other new guy who will put a up a good fight for playing time is 6-7 grad-student forward Noah Jordan.

From my perspective, Tyler Harris still looks like he will be the only one of the five frosh who will not redshirt, and transfers Yuto Yamanouchi-Williams and Thomas Oosterbroek, who are both skilled, will have to become much more familiar with the UP system before they will see any significant minutes.
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Post by up7587 Wed Sep 06, 2023 8:19 pm

Fortunately, Yamanouchi-Williams and Oosterbroek are sophomores, so have time to develop.

Possible starting five:
Robertson (a lock)
Gorosito (probably, unless Robertson is a point forward)
Austin (if he's back to his pre-injury form)
Koroma (a little bigger than Jordan, with more D-1 experience)
Vusinic (needs to break out in his 3rd year)

Off the Bench:
Masic, Harris, Jordan, Dengbit

If Harris forces his way into starting with his performance, will he displace Gorosito or Austin?

What are your guesses for a starting five?

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Post by bdaddy Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:07 pm

up7587 wrote:Fortunately, Yamanouchi-Williams and Oosterbroek are sophomores, so have time to develop.  

Possible starting five:
Robertson (a lock)
Gorosito (probably, unless Robertson is a point forward)
Austin (if he's back to his pre-injury form)
Koroma (a little bigger than Jordan, with more D-1 experience)
Vusinic (needs to break out in his 3rd year)

Off the Bench:
Masic, Harris, Jordan, Dengbit

If Harris forces his way into starting with his performance, will he displace Gorosito or Austin?

What are your guesses for a starting five?

Alright, I’ll play. I agree with your 5 except I believe Legs will go smaller with Koroma at the 5 and then swap Vusinic out for another wing. My guess would be Masic or Jordan.

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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Sep 20, 2023 2:59 pm

bdaddy wrote:Alright, I’ll play. I agree with your 5 except I believe Legs will go smaller with Koroma at the 5 and then swap Vusinic out for another wing. My guess would be Masic or Jordan.
There are going to be some tough lineup decisions as the season progresses, but I too think Ali Koroma gets the start because of his experience and toughness.

If Vasilije Vucinic is subbed out for another wing, I have to believe the first guy in is rookie Tyler Harris.

The first "official" day of practice is this coming Monday, September 25...and we should know a lot more five weeks from now after the "secret scrimmage" against Utah Valley.

UP has a very "under the radar" roster (that's the way Legs likes it), so it's just going to depend on the development of each individual and, more importantly, the team as a whole when the season begins on November 6...and beyond.
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Post by up7587 Wed Sep 20, 2023 3:30 pm

I am thinking (and hoping) that the nine players I listed all play significant minutes and are somewhat interchangeable. Tyler should not have to play 38 minutes every night. Some of the recent transfers, especially the bigs, did not perform at a level where they contributed on a regular basis. It may be off-season optimism, but that is not the vibe I am getting this year.

The other nine players can play spot and mop-up duties and work on their development.

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Post by up7587 Thu Sep 28, 2023 10:31 am

Tyler Harris

https://twitter.com/i/status/1707438001444270400

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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Oct 06, 2023 10:36 pm

#1 Thomas Oosterbroek

https://twitter.com/i/status/1710090999836414003
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Oct 10, 2023 9:33 am

#11 Vince Delano

https://twitter.com/i/status/1711474363592044602
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Post by up7587 Thu Oct 12, 2023 5:13 pm

#31 Cyprian Hyde

https://twitter.com/i/status/1712607554541391876

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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Oct 13, 2023 9:12 am

up7587 wrote:What are your guesses for a starting five?
(For what it's worth): From the pundits at yesterday's media day in Las Vegas:

Gorosito
Austin
Masic
Robertson
Koroma
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Post by up7587 Mon Oct 16, 2023 11:27 am

#24 Bol Dengbit

https://twitter.com/i/status/1713980628926910931

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Post by up7587 Wed Oct 18, 2023 5:41 pm

#14 Ali Koroma

https://twitter.com/i/status/1714759629924651308

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Post by up7587 Fri Nov 03, 2023 11:14 pm

Jude Harris

https://twitter.com/i/status/1720578006123729032

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Post by Sound Voltex Wed Nov 15, 2023 3:34 pm

https://wccsports.com/news/2023/11/15/mens-basketball-harris-finds-the-right-fit.aspx


Harris Finds The Right Fit

Tyler Harris has fostered the same boyhood hoop dreams that so many others have. He wants to play in the NBA. But the 6-foot-8 Portland freshman admits he had no reason to believe his goals were realistic . . . until maybe now.

As a senior at Granada High School in the Bay Area community of Livermore, Calif., Harris helped his team to its first-ever appearance in the California state championship game last year. One of his teammates was 7-foot-1 Andrew McKeever, now a freshman at Saint Mary’s.

“Maybe my senior year in high school it really clicked,” Harris said of beginning to see a path to something special. “But I didn’t know how good I was going to do in college.”

Harris will play just his fourth college game tonight when the Pilots (3-0) host Tennessee State (2-0) of the Ohio Valley Conference. And so far, Harris is about as productive a freshman as there is in the country.

In three games last week, he averaged 19.7 points and 11.0 rebounds, shooting nearly 67 percent (20-for-30) from the field, 60 percent (6-for-10) on 3-pointers and 93 percent (13-for-14) on free throws to earn West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week honors.

Harris is second in the WCC in scoring, third in rebounding, fourth in field-goal accuracy, third in 3-point shooting and second in free-throw percentage. Perhaps more impressive is that through games on Tuesday, he ranked fourth nationally among true freshmen with 59 points and first with 33 rebounds.

Harris understands this is a small sample size and the Pilots will play much stiffer competition than Lewis & Clark as they proceed through their schedule. But he now has at least some early evidence of how he fits into the college game.

“I’m starting to believe in myself a little more,” Harris said.

Portland coach Shantay Legans likes the fact that Harris is dreaming big.

“He’s really put himself in position where if he keeps getting better at the size he is, with a 7-foot-1, 7-2 wingspan, and with everything he does, he has an opportunity to do that,” Legans said. “I want him to push for those dreams and do everything he possibly can to get there.”

Freshmen often are a mystery coming into college. Even the coaches who recruit them don’t always have a clear feel for how well they will immediately adapt to the game at this level.

Harris has so far “100 percent” exceeded whatever expectations the Pilots had for him as a freshman, Legans said.

“You think he’s going to do freshman things and rush and be all about me, me, me. But he’s not,” Legans said. “He’s all about the team and how we can get better as a team. I love that about him.

“He’s doing everything we’ve asked and more. We’re lucky to have him.”

When Legans says the Pilots are lucky to have him, he means that almost literally. Harris attended Salesian High in Richmond, Calif., his junior season and just as schools including USC, Utah, California and San Diego State began showing interest, Harris suffered a significant ankle sprain. That cost him time on the court, including an AAU event played in front of college recruiters.

The Pilots were sold on him before that, but Legans wasn’t sure landing him was realistic. “I saw him play and thought, `He’s way too good for us,’ “ the coach recalled. “He had some offers from some big schools and they fell off at the very end. The timing all worked out perfectly.”

Harris chose Portland because he felt comfortable the coaching staff would allow him to play in the backcourt and because there was the opportunity to play immediately.

At 6-8, he did not want to be pigeon-holed as an inside player. He has ballhandling skills and the ability to guard on the perimeter. Although he wasn’t a great shooter coming out of high school, he has worked hard on that and the results have been encouraging.

Harris now says he’s very confident in his perimeter shot. “When I first got here, I wasn’t a 3-point shooter at all. I barely shot the ball, just drove it,” he explained. “I needed to expand my game to be successful in a college system. A lot of the coaches have been working on my shot and I really appreciate them for that.”

It’s also been a big help, both Legans and Harris said, that senior wing Tyler Robertson, a versatile 23-year-old from Australia, is available as a model for Harris, who won’t turn 19 until Valentine’s Day.

“Tyler Robertson takes a lot of heat off a lot of guys,” Legans said. “It’s mentorship, showing him how to do it. `I’ve been there before.’ They’ve been pretty good playing together. It’s really put (Harris) at ease with a lot of things.”

Harris eagerly soaks up everything Robertson has to offer.

“He’s a high-IQ player. He shows me how to make the right plays, when to take shots, how to draw fouls,” Harris said. “He’s been a really good role model for me and I try to copy every step that he does.”

This is just the beginning for Harris, but everything is clicking so far. Legans said he’s an excellent student, is one of the first players in the gym every day and keeps his teammates laughing with a quiet sense of humor.

Where does all this go? “It’s just how good does he want to be?” Legans said. “It’s been fun watching him really become that player we know he can be.”
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Post by up7587 Fri Feb 23, 2024 4:56 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:
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DoubleDipper wrote:Apparently following the money, as are so many of the players** the Pilots are interested in, Jake was spotted on the U. of Virginia campus this past weekend.

He did follow the money, and committed to UVA.

Per a source, Jake Groves was told he wouldn't be a starter at Virginia, but would be guaranteed $100,000 in NIL money and would get enough exposure to be scouted by the pros...

Jake Groves has played in every UVA game this year, averaging 19.1 mpg, 7.5 ppg, and 2.5 rpg. He is averaging 49.4% on his 3P shots, which are 52% of the shots he takes.

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