Sprague's Teagan Quitoriano takes to national stage

Sprague's Teagan Quitoriano takes to national stage

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Sprague's Teagan Quitoriano takes to national stage

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Sprague sophomore Teagan Quitoriano competed in the USA Basketball Men's 3x3 Tournament in Colorado. Photographed on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Sprague High School.

Sprague sophomore Teagan Quitoriano competed in the USA Basketball Men’s 3×3 Tournament in Colorado. Photographed on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Sprague High School.

Since his sophomore season at Sprague High concluded, Teagan Quitoriano has traveled a lot of miles to keep playing basketball.

The 6-foot-6, 218-pound forward can’t get enough.

Beyond playing club basketball in the Elite Youth Basketball League, he played in this past weekend’s USA Basketball 3×3 U18 National Tournament at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was his second straight year playing in the tournament.

“He’s a humble kid, and I have to pry to get stuff out of him because he doesn’t really talk too much about things,” Sprague coach B.J. Dobrkovsky said. “He just wants to play, and he doesn’t care who it is. He just loves competing. His parents have instilled a lot of that. That makes him special.”

Quitoriano played on team Hoopla in Colorado with Dylan Jordan, Zach Reichle and Jack Roche, all of whom played on Wilsonville’s 5A state champion team this winter.

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The team went 4-1 in the preliminary round and advanced to the semifinals, where they lost 21-15 to Pluto.

“It’s definitely a lot different than Hoopla,” Quitoriano said. “We played against guys who were top 50 in the nation. We played against guys who were big, D1 (Division 1 college) offer guys.

“You got to play harder. Play the same way you would play against anybody else, play basketball, and that’s what I would just try to do.”

Quitoriano also partnered with Hoopla teammate Dylan Jordan to place second in the partner hot shot competition as part of the 3×3 tournament.

A starter in his freshman year, he made a big jump as a sophomore by averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds a game and was selected first-team all-Greater Valley Conference and honorable mention all-state. His improvement caught the attention of the Portland Basketball Club, for which he now plays in club basketball.

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He is averaging 13.4 points and seven rebounds a game in tournaments in New Jersey and Indianapolis this spring, including games of 18, 17 and 16 points in three games in Indianapolis.

“He really stood out as kind of a tough-minded, physical, not-afraid-of-a-big-moment player, which is exactly what we needed,” said Reggie Walker, co-director of Portland Basketball Club. “We could see it in his demeanor that he wouldn’t back down.”

Part of Quitoriano’s rapid development is he shoots from 3-point range with remarkable efficiency, and he’s finally maturing into his body.

He grew eight inches to 6-2 between his seventh and eighth years and continued to grow., while adding muscle to his frame has made him a difficult player to match up with defensively.

“I felt like I was that mismatch my freshman year, too, but I felt like I took advantage of that this year,” said Quitoriano, who also was a second-team all-GVC (Greater Valley Conference) tight end this past fall. “I felt like I belong more. I felt like my guys needed me to take more advantage of the mismatches.”

bpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6701 or Twitter.com/bpoehler

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