South Medford point guard Michael Harthun was named to the Oregon team for the 2008 Les Schwab Northwest Classic. - Jamie Lusch

Harthun, Schultz picked for Oregon team

South Medford's Michael Harthun may be set to continue his basketball career in the state of Washington, but the 6-foot-3 guard was selected to represent the state of Oregon for a final time in the 15th annual Northwest Shootout.

The game, played April 6 at the University of Portland's Chiles Center, pits the top prep seniors from Oregon and Washington, and the Washington State-bound Harthun was one of 10 chosen for the Oregon squad. North Medford's Erica Schultz will compete on the Oregon girls squad.

The teams were selected by each state's coaches association.

Whether Harthun competes remains in doubt. He suffered a severe high ankle sprain against Wilson in a second-round playoff game on March 8. Harthun said the injury is likely to take six weeks to heal.

"I'll definitely play if I'm able to," said Harthun, who added that his ankle has improved considerably. "I'm not going to play if it's going to set me back."

Harthun averaged 22.7 points, 5.4 assists and nearly three rebounds and two steals per game in Southwest Conference play. He earned SWC player of the year and, despite the ankle injury, helped the Panthers to a sixth-place finish at the Class 6A state tournament.

"I feel honored being invited to it because lots of great players have been invited," Harthun said. "Being one of 10 picked, I'm excited."

While Harthun's basketball future is certain, the event provides another opportunity for players, like Schultz, to showcase their talent.

Schultz, a 5-11 wing, earned the SWC player of the year and guided the Black Tornado into the state tournament by averaging around 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists per game.

Schultz could not be reached for comment but North coach Tim Karrick said she was "pretty excited" about the invitation.

"This is a huge achievement," Karrick said. "It's definitely well deserved. Her body of work speaks for itself. She's had a phenomenal career. This would be a nice chance to have other coaches and other programs see the talent she has.

"I think she's a Division I player. She's got a lot of potential. If I was a college coach, I'd sure as heck want her."

The SWC will be well represented on the girls side with Schultz and Sheldon's Theresa Brown and Katie Steigleman.

Prarie's Ashley Corral, who is headed to Southern Cal, leads the Washington girls.

State player of the year DeAngelo Casto, a 6-8 forward from Ferris High School, leads the Washington boys.

The Oregon boys are 10-4 since the Northwest Shootout began in 1994. The Oregon girls are 7-7. Both Washington teams won handily last season.

The shootout has a talent-rich history of current and former NBA players such as Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Jason Terry, Michael Dickerson, Rodney Stuckey, Adam Morrison, Michael Dunleavy, Dan Dickau, Michael Doleac, Fred Jones, Luke Jackson, Brian Scalabrine and Salim Stoudamire, among other notables.

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail

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