2021 LSI Players To Watch
The LSI features one of the top-ranked teams in the country, Link Academy (Bronson, MO), who will make their tournament debut. The Link Academy Lions will feature a handful of high major players led by ESPN #7 Senior Forward Jordan Walsh (6-7). Also making their LSI debut will be Isidore Newman (New Orleans, LA) who are led by consensus top 50 junior Chris Lockett (6-4) and Arch Manning (6-3), nephew of Payton and Eli - the top Quarterback and #1 Football Recruit in the country. Gonzaga College H.S. (Washington D.C.) will return to the LSI looking for their first tournament trophy, having finished third place in 2012 and 2016.
Headlining the list of Oregon teams is West Linn High School, which features one of the country’s top point guards – University of Oregon commit, junior Jackson Shelstad (6-1). Shelstad averaged over 25 points per game in the shortened 2021 season and will have an even larger role for West Linn in his junior campaign. Event mainstays Central Catholic High School, Grant High School and first-time LSI participant Roosevelt High School figure to compete with West Linn for the top ranked team in the state.
Nine other Oregon schools (League and State Classification) round out the 2021 field. Barlow (Mt. Hood Conference – 6A), Beaverton (Metro League – 6A), Churchill (Midwestern League – 5A), Cleveland (Portland Interscholastic League – 6A), Gresham (Mt. Hood Conference – 6A), Jesuit (Metro League – 6A), Lake Oswego (Three Rivers League – 6A), Tigard (Three Rivers League – 6A), and Tualatin (Three Rivers League – 6A).