The Northwest Premier Invitational brings in some of the best talent from around the northwest. That isn’t just some marketing line we use. We really do have great talent at the tournament each year.
Here are some updates on players from previous years and how they have faired recently.
Jashaun Agosto – the 2016 point guard helped his high school team, Garfield, to the Washington state title this year, their second title in as many years. The title game was a battle over nationally ranked Rainier Beach. Agosto was selected to the All Metro team and is currently competing in the EYBL.
Tre’von Allen – Allen is a top prospect in the class of 2016 and he led his Clarkston, Washington team to the 2A State Title. In the process he was selected the MVP of his league and was first team all state. He will be back to the NPI this year competing with the Idaho Select Black 17U team.
Steven Beo – Beo (2016) led his Richland team to the 4A Washington state tournament and was selected to the first team all state. He recently committed to play his college ball for BYU. He will return to the NPI this year to compete with Subway Select, their third year of competition. Subway Select recently won the NW Premier Spring Showcase’s top division at Bellevue College, Washington, during the first NCAA evaluation period.
Jarriesse Blackmon – It would have been tough to beat this guy’s year. After signing at Santa Barbara, Blackmon led his Layton, Utah team to the 5A state title. Following the title win he was selected as the 5A MVP. Though he is moving on to the college level, his Utah Basketball Club is expected to return to defend their title.
Tyler Brimhall – Brimhall also had a great senior year in Utah. His Logan team made it to the state tournament where they looked very good before running in to a tough Kearns team. He will be playing at Idaho next year. His Cache Valley Elite team will be back at the NPI.
Stefan Gonzalez – Gonzalez led his Highland HS team to the Idaho 5A state championship game where they lost a close battle in OT to Post Falls. Gonzalez, who signed at Saint Mary’s before the season was named the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year and the Idaho 5A Player of the Year.
Malek Harwell – The Boise State signee was chosen the Idaho 4A Player of the Year after leading his Century team to the consolation championship. All this despite the fact that Harwell had knee surgery mid-seaon.
Kendal Manuel – Similar to Blackmon, Manuel had a fantastic season, leading his Billings-Skyview to the Montana Class AA state title (Montana’s largest class) and then being selected the tournament’s MVP. He will be playing with Allen on Idaho Select at this year’s NPI.
Joey Nebeker – Nebeker was instrumental in helping his College of Idaho not only win the Cascade Conference but get his team to the NAIA Elite Eight at the National Tournament. Giving back, Nebeker actually worked as a court director at last year’s NPI tournament. He played in the tournament in 2010 and 2011.
Kevin Rima – During his senior year at Northwest Nazarene University, Rima passed the 1,000 points mark, only the 35th player in their 82 year history to accomplish that.
Tres Tinkle – Tinkle started his high school season with Hellgate (Montana) by signing with Oregon State. He would then lead his team, along with fellow NPI alum Rhett Baerlocher, to the state tournament. Tinkle was recently named the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year.
Jesse Wade – Wade signed at Gonzaga and was named the Deseret News Mr. Basketball for Utah.
Isaiah Wright – This year as a freshman at Utah, Wright was part of a Ute backcourt that made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Wright played in the NPI in 2013 and his Hoops Dreams club will be back again this year.