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After whirlwind three years, Jesuit alum Collin Spickerman emerging as Portland State's top shot blocker

Danny Moran | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on January 31, 2015 1:00 PM, updated January 31, 2015 4:50 PM

Not long after Collin Spickerman recorded his seventh blocked shot, his assist from the right wing of the Rose Garden hardwood to a cutting teammate put Jesuit up by nine and mere minutes from its fourth consecutive state championship in 2012.

Ken Harris, the game’s color commentator and former state champion basketball coach, soon took time to marvel at the accomplishment. Not only had the Crusaders won four in a row. They had done so without the star-driven rosters of prior seasons.

“I’m not sure any of these guys are D1 players,” Harris said.

Following years of dominance, media and observers declared Spickerman’s senior season as the time Jesuit would finally fall from its throne, as he and many of his teammates were in their first year of varsity experience.

“We felt that we had something to prove,” Spickerman said. “When you see ‘Jesuit lost all their talent’ and you’re still on the team, you get a little riled up.

The senior had once considered leaving the team but capitalized on his final chance. Since that time, he has found himself at three colleges in three years.

This season, Spickerman finally can prove himself as a Division I player at nearby Portland State and once more take advantage of a second chance. Read More at

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