Portland Pilots

Shantay Legans could bring Jacob and Tanner Groves to Portland

Portland Pilots

Shantay Legans just arrived at the University of Portland but is wasting little trying to turn the beleaguered Pilots program around. 

Legans, coming off the heels of an NCAA berth with Eastern Washington, has high hopes of taking the success he cultivated with the Eagles to change the course of the Pilots. 

The Pilots, for years, have been at the bottom West Coast Conference standings. It's been six years since UP finished the season above .500 and more than a decade since the Pilots last had a winning record in conference play. 

That last handful of seasons, in particular, have been trying. Since the start of the 2018 season the Pilots have gone 22-63, including a 1-42 in WCC play.

In that same time, Legans went 55-34 with EWU, including a Big Sky Tournament Championship this past season.

Legans found great success with EWU and now two key parts of the Eagles' run in 2021 could potentially join Legans at UP. 

The Groves brothers, Tanner and Jacob, have both entered the transfer portal. With Legans recently taking the job a UP, Portland could be a logical destination for the two. 

Jacob, a 6'7" guard/forward, averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists for the Eagles. He also shot 36.4% from deep this season.

He would be a solid addition to any team, but this brother Tanner has the potential to truly change any program he lands with.

Tanner filled up his awards case this season. He earned 2020-21 First-Team All-Big Sky honors, was named the 2021 Big Sky Tournament MVP, and was the 2020-21 Big Sky Player of the Year. 


The 6'9", 235lb forward averaged 17.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game this season.

Together, the Groves brothers were a huge reason the Eagles nearly upset Kanas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The duo combined for 58 points in the 93-84 loss to the Jayhawks.

That kind of production could drastically change the Pilots offense and help make them a very competitive team in the WCC. Landing two big names like Tanner and Jacob is not that far-fetched. According to The Spokesman-Review, "Legans is interested in coaching the Groves brothers again in the West Coast Conference."

If Legans were able to get even one of the Groves brothers to come to The Bluff, it would help get him a few steps ahead in the process of building his vision of the UP program. 

While Legans could bring the Groves brothers to UP, it's not the only move he could be making to set up the future of the program.

Just days after his hire was announced the Pilots made a splash by offering 12-year-old middle schooler Dylan Groves a scholarship. 

Yes, that's right, another Groves brother could be in the mix down the road. 

Regardless of the decisions the Groves trio makes this season and beyond, one thing is certain - Legans is already creating buzz for the Pilots.