Over the years, OIT head coach Justin Parnell has established a pipeline from the Portland metro area down to Klamath Falls. One of the branches goes to Sherwood High School and this spring, the program has once again tapped into the Bowmen program for talent. Jared Sucher Jared Sucher 6'4" | SG Sherwood | 2023 State OR has signed to play his college basketball at OIT and there’s no question the smooth-shooting 6-foot-3 wing saw familiar faces go before him helped make him comfortable to make decide and become a Hustlin’ Owl himself.
“Two former players from Sherwood play there currently, and talking to them they really enjoy OIT so when I got a chance to go see it for myself I felt welcomed by all the players and the coaches as well,” Sucher said. “The hospitality was amazing and the way all the players played together and connected was like a family and was what I was looking for so I felt that was a great place for me to go.”
The two Bowmen alumni Sucher referred to are Jamison Guerra and Blake Jensen, both of whom have been playing major roles at OIT. The senior sees himself getting a chance to make an impact early, which also figured into his eventual decision. “I see myself coming in as a freshman and adding depth and versatility to the team and compete for playing time my first year,” Sucher said. “I really wanna work on getting stronger and getting my body fully recovered to go in 100% and ready to play at a high level.”
A wing who can shoot and score, Sucher is also a good athlete that can finish at the rim. This past season after missing the first nine games due to injury, Sucher felt OK to give things a go and ended up averaging 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on his way to earning First Team All-Pacific Conference honors. There was definitely some ramp-up time for him individually but in the end, he was a part of a squad that finished the year undefeated in league play and one game short of the state tournament.
“I felt that it went pretty good, definitely could have gone better it took me quite some time to find a rhythm,” Sucher said. “But we had a really fun team this year with a lot of great guys and that’s really what matters.”
Our congratulations go out to Sucher and his family on his decision.