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Post by up7587 Fri May 17, 2024 11:34 am

Here's where we are today with the roster for 2024-25, based on the posted team roster and the commitments shared in PN.

Guards
Chris Austin
Vucasin Masic
Max Mackinnon
Vincent Delano
Kelson Gebbers
Jude Harris (W)
Mikah Ballew
Preston Lee (W)
Carlin Briggs
Vaughn Long (W)

Forwards
Bol Dengdit
Coleman Lemke (W)
Todd Jones
Jinup Dobuol
Austin Rapp

Centers
Jermaine Ballisager Webb

Of the 16 players I am aware of, 10 are freshmen or redshirt freshmen.  7 are carryover from last year's team, 9 are new to the program.  3 (I think) 4 are walk-ons.  Feel free to update and correct this list as more information becomes available.


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Post by DoubleDipper Fri May 17, 2024 11:44 am

Vaughn Long (great name, btw) is a walk-on.
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Post by UP24 Thu Jun 13, 2024 1:52 pm

Any predictions on the starting lineup?

I assume that

Vukasin Masic, Chris Austin, and Bol Dengdit will start?

Who else will start or get regular minutes?
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Post by up7587 Thu Jun 13, 2024 2:11 pm

UP24 wrote:Any predictions on the starting lineup?

I assume that Vukasin Masic, Chris Austin, and Bol Dengdit will start?

Who else will start or get regular minutes?

That's two shooting guards and a power forward.  I will guess that Vince Delano(PG) will see plenty of time, as well as Max Mackinnon (SG).  FYI, Delano is the only PG on the roster.  Hopefully one or both of the two new centers will earn regular minutes.  Kelson Gebbers (SF) would be a player I expect to get regular minutes.

That's seven or eight players depending on the big men.  All the other players are true freshmen.  Perhaps one of them will pop like T. Harris did last year.

T-Rob was a point forward often bring the ball up and initiating the offense.  If we are running the same defensive scheme as last year, I am hopeful that the taller players will be able to handle the ball. Teams obviously targeted Juanse on defensive switches putting him in terrible mismatches on bigs.


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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 14, 2024 7:54 am

UP24 wrote:Any predictions on the starting lineup?
So many variables between now and November 4, but it would seem the rotation would start with:

Austin
Masic
McKinnon
Dengdit
Delano

This past season's team was of course centered around T-Rob, and I expect this year's team to be more balanced.

The most unpredictable part of the rotation must be the big guys and what Coach Legans wants from them...whether it be rim protection defense and rebounding and down low scoring, or ball distribution, screening and pick and roll scoring with an outside threat.  For me, the priority is rebounding, especially on the offensive end.

Between Dengdit, Ballisager Webb, Rapp, and Oakman, coach Legans has some options.

Possible breakout freshmen: Delano, Rapp, Jones, and Gebbers.

Point guard: from the practices, Delano could have started last season, but even he cannot go 40 minutes. Austin, Masic, and McKinnon are experienced enough to bring the ball down the court and start the offense when Delano is out of the lineup.

Likely redshirts: Ballew, Dobuol, Briggs, Lee, and Long.

Of the known players on the 2024-25 squad, the only players not mentioned are redshirt walk-ons Harris and Lemke, both of whom are great teammates.
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Jun 18, 2024 12:53 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Likely redshirts: Ballew, Dobuol, Briggs, Lee, and Long.
After a quick peak at these guys at practice, I can report that Ballew, who has transformed his body and game since his high school graduation a year ago, and Dobuol could find themselves in the rotation this coming year.

Yes, it's way too early to predict, but Ballew, Dobuol, and especially Jones are much better than your average freshmen....

It could be that because many of Power Four schools are relying on the portal to get better, UP is able to pick up high schoolers that would have otherwise gone to the bigger programs.
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Post by UP24 Tue Jun 18, 2024 1:16 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:

Yes, it's way too early to predict, but Ballew, Dobuol, and Jones are much better than your average freshmen....

It could be that because many of Power Four schools are relying on the portal to get better, UP is able to pick up high schoolers that would have otherwise gone to the bigger programs.

I was watching some Dobuol highlights and I have high hopes for him. Tall lengthy guys who can shoot are always promising. Maybe he can have a strong freshman season like Tyler Harris.
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Jun 18, 2024 3:46 pm

UP24 wrote:I was watching some Dobuol highlights and I have high hopes for him. Tall lengthy guys who can shoot are always promising. Maybe he can have a strong freshman season like Tyler Harris.
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Post by up7587 Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:20 am

Two months later, the school has just posted the full 2024-25 roster on the web site. https://portlandpilots.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster
There are two additions since my last list, Mezziah Oakman, who was discussed in the recruiting thread, and Wyatt Miller, a 5'10" G from San Marcos HS in Santa Barbara. Given that the scholarships are full, he's a walk-on.

Guards
Chris Austin
Vucasin Masic
Max Mackinnon
Vincent Delano
Kelson Gebbers
Jude Harris (W)
Mikah Ballew
Jinup Dobuol
Preston Lee (W)
Carlin Briggs
Vaughn Long (W)
Wyatt Miller (W)

Forwards
Bol Dengdit
Coleman Lemke (W)
Todd Jones
Austin Rapp

Centers
Jermaine Ballisager Webb
Mezziah Oakman

Of the 18 players, 11 are freshmen or redshirt freshmen.  7 are carryover from last year's team, 11 are new to the program. 5 are walk-ons.  And Jinup Dobuol is listed as a guard on the roster, not a forward. 12 guards, 4 forwards, 2 centers. So I suspect we'll see a lot of three guards offense. As nine of the guards are 6'4" or taller, hopefully that won't be a handicap on defense.

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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Jul 11, 2024 4:02 pm

up7587 wrote:There are two additions since my last list, Mezziah Oakman, who was discussed in the recruiting thread, and Wyatt Miller, a 5'10" G from San Marcos HS in Santa Barbara.  Given that the scholarships are full, he's a walk-on.
I had the opportunity to have good discussions with both Oakman and Miller during a recent practice session and both are very personable and seemed excited about helping the Pilots turn things around from last season.

Oakman's family is in New York, and he will visit them later this summer, but he's been living in California for quite a few years, including high school, two years of JUCO, and a year at UC Santa Barbara.  He is confident UP will figure a way for him to get back his year at UCSB where he played only a couple of minutes but was "not injured."

It was honestly difficult to differentiate Miller, listed at a generous 5-10, from some of the "Elite Campers" in the Chiles Center when I met with him while he was shooting free throws and answering questions from various campers.  He and fellow walk-ons Lee and Long expect to redshirt this season while acting as opposing players during practice.

The only player absent from practice and not attending summer school when I visited with the team was Aussie Rapp who was at home practicing with the Australian National Team.

A few takeaways from practice:

Jinup (pronounced gin-oop) Dobuol has a very good outside shot.

Todd Jones, Jr. is VERY bouncy and athletic.

Vukasin Masic, Jermaine Ballisager Webb, and Mezziah Oakman are VERY competitive but have the confidence in their games to enjoy themselves while competing.

Vince Delano is ready to run the offense.

Mikah Ballew benefitted greatly from a year of post-high school academy ball.

Max Mackinnon is not flashy or particularly athletic looking compared to some other new players, but he is very "basketball smart" and efficient with the basketball...I see him in the starting rotation.
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