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Senior guard is 20 points shy of reaching career milestone that only 21 players have reached in Oregon history

PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior R.J. Veliz is averaging 22.3 points per game this season and is 20 points away from scoring his 2,000th career point. The No. 4 Bulldogs next play Friday at home against the No. 3 Stayton Eagles.Woodburn senior R.J. Veliz is on the cusp of a career accomplishment that few in Oregon high school boys basketball history have achieved.

Heading into Friday's home game against the No. 3 Stayton Eagles, the Bulldog point guard is just 20 points away from becoming the 22nd player in state history to score 2,000 career points.

Veliz entered his senior season with 1,534 career points after playing the first three years of high school with the Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers, putting him 126th all time in the Oregon high school boys basketball record books.

After transferring to Woodburn, Veliz has averaged 22.3 points per game this season for the No. 4 Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 Oregon West Conference), moving him up the list to 24th all time with 1,980 points.

At his current pace, Veliz would score his 2,000th point on Friday at home against Stayton, but the Eagles will likely have something to say about that.

The two teams met previously on Jan. 16, where the Eagles (16-3, 9-0) hounded Veliz all game, holding him below double figures for the first time all season in a 68-51 loss for the Bulldogs.

The Eagles have won five straight games since then and hold a nine-game win streak in 2019, holding conference opponents to just under 39 points per game this season.

Even if Veliz does not reach the milestone on Friday, he has three more chances to do it in the regular season and a fourth opportunity in the Bulldogs' postseason opener later this month.

Oregon high school boys basketball career scoring leaders

Courtesy of Mal Van Meer & Larry Moulton

1. 2,628 Kevin Love, Lake Oswego 2007

2. 2,582 Bob "Pudgy" Hunt, Knappa 1957

3. 2,515 Brian Jackson, Knappa 1999

4. 2,394 Drew Wiley, McKenzie (3) Thurston (1) 2008

5. 2,331 Brad Tinsley, Oregon City 2008

6. 2,324 Jeremy Rosenbalm, Arlington 2004

7. 2,273 Zach Bernards, Dayton 2017

8. 2,219 Salim Stoudamire, Lincoln (1) Lake Oswego (3) 2001

9. 2,207 Kyle Singler, South Medford 2007

10. 2,178 John Stevens, Griswold 1958

11. 2,117 Clay Sullivan, Vernonia 2018

12. 2,114 Payton Pritchard, West Linn 2016

13. 2,095 Luke Jackson, Creswell 2000

14. 2,095 Zack Van Loon, Yoncalla 2016

15. 2,073 Richard Washington, Benson 1973

16. 2,071 Tony Ross, Grant 1986

17. 2.051 Jordan Tebbutt, Horizon Christian (3) 2011

18. 2,040 Dick Maurer, Prospect 1970

19. 2,020 Terry Boesel, Powder Valley 1980

20. 2,016 Zach Gengler, Silverton 2013

21. 2,011 J.D. Hill, East Linn Christian 2002

22. 1,989 Joshua Dressler, Portland Lutheran 2005

23. 1,981 Derek Anderson, Scappoose 2001

24. 1,980 R.J. Veliz, Woodburn (1), Blanchet Catholic (3) 2019

25. 1,973 Brenson Parks, Lowell 1997

26. 1,972 Zach Reichle, Wilsonville 2017

27. 1,951 Dale Takalo, Knappa 2018

28. 1,949 Michael Harthun, South Medford 2008

29. 1,946 Brent Counts, Gervais 1983 30. 1,945 Jim Jarvis, Coquille (2) Roseburg (2) 1961

31. 1,944 Tyron Manlove, Wilson 1996 32. 1,931 Tanner McIntosh, Imbler 2005

33. 1,928 Ben Sisler, Santiam Christian 2003

34. 1,922 Blake Muscardin, Regis 2005

35. 1,917 Caleb Allen, Rogue Valley Adventist 2014

36. 1,914 Alex Young, Phoenix 2012

37. 1,906 Jared Dunn, Days Creek 2001

38. 1,905 Isaac Bonton, Columbia Christian (1) Parkrose (3) 2017

39. 1,884 Frederick Jones, Barlow 1998

40. 1,879 Lawson Struve, Lost River 1999

41. 1,871 James Loe, Hillsboro 2004

42. 1,871 Teagan Quitoriano, Sprague 2018 43. 1,868 Damian McCarthy, Portland Adventist 1996

44. 1,859 Joseph Mann, Irrigon 1956 45. 1,853 Ben Voogd, Siuslaw 2005 46. 1,847 Charlie Sitton, McMinnville 1980

47. 1,835 Sean Coste, Sacred Heart 1984

48. 1,829 Parker Wynn, Triangle Lake 2018

49. 1,823 Thye Schuyler, Riddle 1998

50. 1,809 Johnny Coppedge, Stayton 1982


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