As the basketball world (at least Oregon, Kentucky, and Washington fans) waited for the decision of Jefferson’s Terrence Jones, it gave us a little time to put together our all-time Oregon made basketball team. John Calipari and the Wildcats did land the Portland prep star, and Jones will join the ranks of the few Oregonians to shine on the national stage
The majority of the talent has obviously come from the Portland area, but gems have been found all around the state. From Medford to Creswell to Coos Bay, the great state of Oregon has been supplying the NCAA with a handful of quality recruits annually.
Terrell Brandon (Grant HS, Portland) – Brandon attended the University of Oregon and was drafted 11th in 1991 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. A two-time NBA All-Star and averaged 13.8 points per game during his NBA career.
Mike Dunleavy Jr.(Jesuit HS, Beaverton) – Drafted third overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and currently with the Indiana Pacers. Dunleavy was a member of the 2000 Duke Blue Devil’s National Championship squad. A NBA career average of 12.2 points per game.
Steve “Snapper” Jones (Franklin HS, Portland) – After attending the University of Oregon, Jones became an eight-time ABA All-Star and finished his career with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1976. Jones is recognized for his pro basketball analysis since retiring from the NBA.
A.C. Green (Benson HS, Portland) – The 23rd pick of the 1985 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers upon graduation from Oregon State University. Green was a steady performer, playing in 1278 of 1281 games during his career. He also Won back-to-back titles with Lakers in 1987 and 1988.
Kevin Love (Lake Oswego HS, Lake Oswego) - One the most highly recruited players in Oregon history, Love played one year at UCLA before being drafted with the seventh pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. In two NBA seasons, Love has averaged 12.3 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Danny Ainge (North Eugene HS, Eugene) – Ainge attended Brigham Young University, and was drafted in the second round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Member of the 1984 and 1986 Celtic championship teams. Ainge was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays before settling on his NBA career in which he averaged 11.5 points per game.
Damon Stoudamire (Wilson HS, Portland) – Stoudamire attended the University of Arizona, and was drafted with the seventh pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. He Burst on to the scene as the NBA Rookie of the Year for the Toronto Raptors in 1995 and had a 13.4 points per game career average.
Kyle Singler (South Medford HS, Medford) – Singler was name the most valuable player of the 2010 NCAA Final Four after Duke won the 2010 NCAA Championship. Averaged 17.7 points per game during the 2009-2010 season.
Mel Counts (Marshfield HS, Coos Bay) - After graduating from Oregon State University, Counts moved on to win an Olympic gold medal in 1964 and also won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics.
Michael Doleac (Central Catholic HS, Portland) – The 12th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic after graduating from the University of Utah. Doleac Won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Luke Jackson (Creswell HS, Creswell) – After a solid four-year career at the University of Oregon, Jackson was selected with the 10th pick of the 2004 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dave Gambee (Corvallis HS, Corvallis) – Attended Oregon State University and drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in 1958. He averaged 10.6 points per game before retiring in 1970.
Terrence Jones (Jefferson HS, Portland) – Jones will play for Kentucky beginning in the 2010-2011 season. Jones is one of the biggest recruits to come from the state since Singler and Love in 2007.
Freddie Jones (Barlow HS, Portland) – Upon graduation from the University of Oregon, Jones was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 14th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. The 2004 NBA Slam Dunk winner hada a career NBA average of 7.5 points per game.