We are now at the midpoint of the 2022-23 boys basketball season and we’ve been able to get a look at teams from all over the state. As a result, we’ve been able to see a lot of players and…
We are now at the midpoint of the 2022-23 boys basketball season and we’ve been able to get a look at teams from all over the state. As a result, we’ve been able to see a lot of players and make some changes to the Class of 2023 rankings. A number of rising seniors made moves up on the list – these are the top stock risers for this rankings update.
, Sherwood – +12 (from #82 to #70)
With star wingout due to injury at the start of the year, Kelly stepped up big. He scorched the nets for 31 points in the season opener and kept the sharp shooting going in the early part of the year. Since Sucher’s return he’s become more of a facilitator while remaining deadly when open from distance.
, Sherwood – +11 (from #49 to #38)
Another guy that really benefitted from the absence of Sucher – and has kept things going even after his teammate has returned – has been Verkamp. The senior is an inside-outside threat and has been able to utilize his combination of strength and skill all over the court. He remains Sherwood’s top scorer and rebounder going into the heart of league play.
, Redmond – +11 (from #50 to #39)
Otten got things settled with his recruitment early, choosing to sign with OIT. His play on the court has done nothing but enhance his reputation as he’s essentially been a double-double threat every night. His work over the off-season has helped him become more of an outside threat, while not taking anything away from his post play and especially his ability to rebound the basketball. Unfortunately, a recent wrist injury will have him shelved until the playoffs.
, Ashland – +8 (from #80 to #72)
Golden immediately made an impression on us at the PrepHoops Top 250 Expo when he was knocking down threes left and right. That’s continued on into the season and he’s been the Grizzlies’ most consistent scorer so far this year.
, Jesuit – +7 (from #18 to #11)
A player that has continually appeared on our top Stock Risers list is Crane, who is putting together the kind of senior season that may warrant consideration for Metro League Player of the Year. He’s bigger and stronger while maintaining the quickness and shiftiness off the dribble on the offensive end, and he’s still one of the top on-the-ball defenders in the state.
, Barlow – +7 (from #62 to #55)
One of the more athletic players in the Mt Hood Conference, Martino has had some shining moments so far his senior season. He’s capable of creating for both himself and others and has made adjustments to his game where he’s more controlled and making better decisions.
, Jesuit – +6 (from #58 to #52)
Collins has been rock solid for Jesuit and that consistency has carried over into his senior season. He’s steady in so many areas from his shooting and ball-handling, as well as helping out on the boards and defensively. The senior also has a swagger and competitive drive that when reined in, is infectious.
, Gresham – +5 (from #32 to #27)
He’s somewhat hidden amongst the guards at Gresham but opponents know they can’t sleep on Riddle. This season he’s been effective at getting to the hoop and scoring, but has also kept defenses honest with his perimeter shooting. A true combo guard, his recruitment amped up recently with an offer from OIT.
, Roosevelt – +4 (from #33 to #29)
Roosevelt is largely small in nature so Kim has been forced to play big. The senior has delivered though and he’s been super aggressive with getting to the basket for scores and rebounds. Kim is also one of the better athletes around and his ability to play above the rim has paid dividends for the Roughriders.