Incoming Freshman Melson Named Oregonian Player of Year

            SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University incoming men’s basketball freshman Silas Melson of Jefferson High in Portland has been named The Oregonian’s boys basketball Player of the Year.

            Melson led the Democrats to a 69-64 win over Churchill in the Oregon State Class 5A title game after six players were suspended by the school as the team was eating pre-game meal prior to the championship game.

            The 6-3 Melson scored 19 first-half points as Jefferson rolled hit a 47-25 halftime lead as the Democrats went 9-for-11 from beyond the arc in the first half. Churchill out-scored Jefferson 25-7 in the third quarter to cut the lead to four, but Jefferson, behind Melson’s steady play, held on for the victory.

            Melson averaged 24.2 points this season, with a high of 52 against Franklin. Melson was Player of the Year in Class 5A and the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL). In a game against eventual State Class 6A champion West Linn, Melson poured in 36 points and held Payton Pritchard, who would go on to earn State Class 6A Player of the Year accolades, to six points.

            Melson helped lead the Democrats to a 24-4 overall record in 2013 and the Oregon State 5A Championship, their fourth state title in six years. He averaged 20.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior while playing both guard positions as Jefferson ran the table in PIL play (12-0) to win the regular-season title by four games and finished the season with a 17-game winning streak that extended through the State 5A Championship.



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