Oregon high school basketball has been down in recent years, but don’t tell that to the Jefferson Democrats, who are still producing Division I talent on a regular basis.
In the class of 2018, Jefferson’s Kamaka Hepa established himself as the state’s best basketball prospect and committed to Texas.
This year’s top billing belongs to teammate Marcus Tsohonis, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard.
On Tuesday, the dynamic scorer put an end to his recruitment, committing to the Washington Huskies over Arizona State, USC and Washington State:
— MADE Hoops (@madehoops) September 18, 2018
Fresh off an official visit to Seattle, Tsohonis said it was a solid trip, coupled with his friendships and comfort built through his time playing AAU for Seattle Rotary, that solidified his choice.
“The academics was definitely a big part of my decision,” he said. “When I play in Seattle, I just feel at home. Playing with those guys, I got the vibe that it was home. It’s what I like. I played for Seattle Rotary, so I was around Seattle guys in the Seattle area. That felt like home.”
Despite his status as one of the top combo guards on the West Coast, Tsohonis didn’t hold offers from either the Oregon Ducks or Oregon State Beavers, but indicated he has no hard feelings.
“I don’t take it personally,” he said. “It’s how they view me. I like how Washington believed in me and wanted me to come there. I have no hate against Oregon and Oregon State.”
As a junior, Tsohonis was named the PIL player of the year, averaging 24.1 points, 7.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.
He plans to play a combo guard role at Washington, developing as an effective player at both the point and shooting guard positions.