Cerebro Sports and the Les Schwab Invitational are teaming up to provide simple, numbers-based player evaluations for the 2021 Les Schwab Invitational!
Every player will be rated using Cerebro’s proprietary metrics, and every performance will be featured on the Cerebro platform - alongside all other available seasons of the LSI’s historical events which are available to all Cerebro users now.
Top performers will be featured in live leaderboards, posted to @CerebroSports on Twitter and Instagram throughout the event. Leaderboard categories will include top performers in all of Cerebro’s proprietary metric categories: Top overall (C-RAM), Pure Scoring Prowess, 3-Pt Efficiency, Floor General Skills, Big Man Strengths, and Defensive Statistical Impact.
In addition to coverage of this year’s event, Cerebro and LSI have teamed up to feature “25 Memorable Performances for 25 Years of the LSI”. This will be a stats-first look at some of the most noteworthy performances in event history. These will be released as a countdown to this year’s event, running from December 2nd to December 26th, ahead of the event’s kickoff on December 27th.
Be sure to follow along @CerebroSports on Twitter and Instagram as we countdown each day leading up to the event, and bookmark our blog for daily articles from PD Web on each memorable performance.
About the Les Schwab Invitational
During the early 1990s many of Oregon’s best high school boys basketball teams were traveling out-of-state to play in preseason holiday tournaments. While these tournaments provided players with the opportunity to play against other high caliber programs they denied local fans the chance to see Oregon’s basketball talent prior to the season. Preseason basketball media coverage was also limited due to Oregon’s five-week football playoff system which finishes up in mid-December.
To brighten basketball’s spotlight, legendary high school basketball coaches Barry Adams and Nick Robertson and the Oregon High School Coaches Association proposed a preseason tournament in which Oregon teams could play up to four games. These four games would then only count as two against their 22 game schedule maximum. This new arrangement would align Oregon’s competition rules with states like California and Nevada – and allow teams from other states to come to Oregon to play.
The proposal was made to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) and after two years of letters, phone calls, meetings and lobbying, the OSAA Delegate Assembly agreed to the proposed plan. In 1996, with the OSAA’s approval and financial assistance from local sponsors like Les Schwab, the first annual Oregon Holiday Invitational (OHI) was played.
In 2000, the tournament name changed from the Oregon Holiday Invitational to the Les Schwab Invitational to recognize Les Schwab’s continued support of the tournament. In 2001, Fred Meyer was added as the presenting sponsor, and in 2009, Express Employment Professionals replaced Fred Meyer as the presenting sponsor. In 2004, the tournament moved to Hillsboro’s Liberty High School to provide fans with easier access and an intimate, exciting basketball experience.
About Cerebro Sports
Cerebro Sports is on a mission to quantify sports recruiting by creating simple, easy-to-use products for coaches, parents, players, and in an effort to bring fairness to basketball recruiting.
Cerebro’s proprietary metrics use simple box score data at scale to allow decision makers to more quickly locate legitimate prospects and allow players to better advocate for themselves and know how they stack up against the competition, no matter what level or geography they play in.