Seattle High School Basketball Recruiting Notebook–11/21/11

The early signing period is officially over as of last Wednesday. Here’s the latest local basketball recruiting news in our monthly notebook.

If you have any tips regarding the Seattle basketball recruiting scene, just send us an email at seatownsports@yahoo.com. Read it all after the jump.

 Here are the commitments that happened in the past two months:

  • Shadle Park’s Brett Boese (Sr.) committed to Ken Bone and the Washington St. Cougars in mid-October. The 6’7″ small forward also held offers from St. Mary’s, UTEP and Portland. He averaged 17ppg and 9.5rpg for Shadle Park last season.
  • Jordan Chatman (Sr.) decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and commit to BYU. The 6’4″ point guard held offers from Utah, Utah St., WSU, Stanford, Portland and Boston College. The up-tempo style of BYU helped lure Chatman to his father’s alma-mater. 
  • Big man Caleb Dressler (Sr.) signed his LOI to Hawaii this month. Dressler also held offers from Montana St. and Portland St. Here is an interview we conducted with the 6’10″ center in May.
  • Ryan Shannon (Sr.) signed his LOI to Montana St. The 6’7″ forward could see time at power forward for the Bobcats, though he did play the wing for Emerald City this summer. Shannon averaged 13.1ppg and 10.7rpg last season for Marysville-Pilchuck—he will play for Mountlake Terrace this season. Shannon also held an offer from Portland St. 
  • Mike Washington Jr. (Sr.) is off to the Ivy League. The 6’3″ shooting guard from Oak Harbor HS committed to Princeton in early October. He averaged 18.2ppg in his junior year and started for Friends of Hoop during the summer. 
  • Jake Wiley (Sr.), a 6’6″ power forward from Newport, WA on the eastern side of the state signed with the University of Montana. Wiley is originally from Long Beach, CA and bursted onto the prep scene last season after averaging 20.2ppg and 10.9rpg. He also shot 50% from the field.

Here are the other players from Washington that committed and have signed LOIs in the fall signing period:

  • Ty Egbert (Sr.), PF, Lake Roosevelt HS–Idaho
  • Darian Nelson-Herny, C, Lake Washington HS–Penn
  • Zach En’Wezoh, PF, Kamiakan–Columbia

Here is the latest news pertaining to players who have not yet committed:

  • Where is Battleground, WA? About three hours from Seattle according to Google Maps. Jake Belford (Sr.) from Battleground HS took an official visit to Montana St. in late September. Though the forward stands tall at 6’9″, he is comfortable with shooting the basketball from the perimeter. Sources tell me that he is waiting for a bigger offer and will commit during the spring signing period.
  • Skyline’s 6’7″ power forward, Bryan Cikatz is choosing between Colby and the University of Chicago. Cikatz starred for the top team of Friends of Hoop, and is one of the better post players in the state. The Spartans figure to be a heavy favorite to advance to the state tournament out of KingCo 4A; their point guard Will Parker has already committed to Seattle Pacific University.
  • According to LeftCoast Recruiting, Nate Guy (Sr.) from Lakes HS will commit in the spring. Washington St., Purdue and LSU have been talking to Guy. The 6’6″ forward isn’t explosively athletic, but his height and frame give him the ability to score on opposing defenders at the D1 level; he has a nice shooting touch from beyon the arc. 
  • Who is the next big player to come out of Garfield HS after the departure of Tony Wroten Jr.? His name is Tucker Haymond (Jr.). Haymond is the best player on the Bulldogs this year. The versatile and athletic guard has recently received interest from Memphis, Washington, Arizona, and a host of WCC schools.
  • Josh Hawkinson (So.) out of Shorewood HS has received interest from Cal, Wright State, Utah State and Seattle U in the early going. The 6’9″ sophomore starred for Hoopaholics 16U during the summer. He averaged 12ppg for Shorewood last season.
  • LaTrey Newsome (Jr.) from West Seattle HS is getting heavy interest from Santa Clara, Hawaii and Colorado. Santa Clara coaches came up to Seattle to watch LaTrey last month. Newsome, a 6’3″ guard played for Rotary’s Sophomore 16U team in the summer. As a sophomore he averaged 16 points per game in the Metro League. He was also an all-league baseball player during his freshmen and sophomore years.
  • Eastside Catholic’s Joey Schrieber (Sr.) received an offer from Air Force in early October. Western Washington and Point Loma are showing the most interest in the 6’6″ forward. Schrieber visited and enjoyed his visit to Point Loma in October.
  • Keith Shattuck (Sr.) from Shorecrest HS, a 6’5″ shooting guard is currently garnering interest from the University of San Diego, but is getting heavy interest from University of Puget Sound and Occidental College. Shattuck will be a captain for this year’s team and averaged 13ppg and 4rpg last season. He was named to the WesCo 3A second team last season.
  • Darien Nelson-Henry’s teammate, Matt Staudacher (Sr.) has drawn interest from Columbia from the Ivy League. Staudacher is one of the top point guards in the state. Here’s some old gametape of the 6’0″ guard. 

–Kevin Cacabelos (seatownsports@yahoo.com)

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