This week, gyms across the state will welcome in another season of basketball. In preparation for the season of hoops in Washington state, here is our annual guide to the state’s top players. This past month we’ve been compiling information and opinions from coaches, players, scouting reports, other websites, and our own opinions on who the top players this season are.
Check out the top 25 players in the state after the jump!
Rankings are based on this criteria:
1) Potential to play and perform at the Division One level of college basketball
2) Current performance at the high school level
1. Anrio Adams (Sr.)- Rainier Beach HS, AAU Team: Rotary Style, G, 6’2″: Adams has finally found a home and a place to play at Rainier Beach HS. After missing the majority of last season, Adams will look to prove himself as the best player in state of Washington. He’s at his best when he’s using his athleticism and quickness to attack the basket. Along with great finishing ability, he is an above-average shooter that can hit consistently from beyond the arc. AAU Team: Rotary Style Committed: Kansas
2. Zach Lavine (Jr.)- Bothell HS, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, G, 6’2″: Lavine’s physical appearance doesn’t jump out at you, but he’s by far the most talented scorer in the state. He can shoot with a quick release and hit from anywhere on the court. He’s only 6’2″ and right now has point guard height, but if he grows he’ll project as a two guard. Lavine currently has offers from Baylor, California, Gonzaga, Oregon St., Texas, UCLA, Washington and Washington St.
3. Jordan Chatman (Sr.)- Union, AAU Team: Rotary Style, G, 6’4″: Basketball runs in the family for this 6’4″ point guard. Jordan is the son of Jeff Chatman, a former BYU star in the mid 80′s. Chatman won’t blow you away with his athleticism, but he has a well-balanced and fundamentally sound game. He has a solid jump-shot to complement his ability to beat his defender off the dribble. Committed: BYU
4. Mitch Brewe (Sr.)- Seattle Prep, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, F, 6’8″: I’m convinced he’s the best scoring forward in the entire state and perhaps the northwest. He simply scores or gets fouled when he’s able to gain position and duck-in the post. Last season he showcased his ability to be versatile and hit shots from the mid-range. Committed: UCSB
5. Sekou Wiggs Jr. (Sr.)- O’Dea, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, G, 6’4″: What word best describes Sekou Wiggs’ game? Crazy. He’s crazy quick and athletic, he finds crazy ways to get to the basket and he’s just plain unpredictable. The one thing you know you’re going to get with Wiggs is a polished basketball player. He is a one-man fast break and can easily beat his man off the dribble with a variety of spin moves. He projects as a combo guard at the next level. Wiggs currently holds offers from Cal Irvine, Cal Poly, Idaho, Portland St. and San Francisco.
6. Michael Washington Jr. (Sr.)- Oak Harbor HS, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, G, 6’3″: Washington is a prototypical shooting guard prospect that can hit mid-range jumpers and drive and finish. He could be a combo guard because of his ability to play the point guard position. Committed: Princeton
7. Brett Boese (Sr.)- Shadle Park, F, 6’6″: Boese projects to play the three for the Washington St. Cougars. He is an athletic forward that can shoot the ball really well. He averaged 17 points per game for Shadle Park last season. Committed: WSU
8. D.J. Fenner (Jr.)- Seattle Prep, AAU Team: Rotary, G, 6’5″: The former freshman phenom has returned to Seattle Prep after spending his sophomore season in Washington D.C. Not much has changed about Fenner’s game, he is usually the most athletic player on the court and he can get to the basket at will. There are several areas of Fenner’s game that need improvement but he still has two years to develop; he is one of the most athletic players in the state.
9. Tucker Haymond (Jr.)- Garfield, AAU Team: Rotary, G/F, 6’5″: Haymond plays with a very high basketball IQ and is an absolute gym rat. He is still growing and is deceptively athletic and strong, enabling him to finish after contact and play above the rim. He has good fundamentals and rotation on his jump shoot and is a constant catch and shoot threat around the perimeter. Arizona, Memphis and Washington have all shown early interest.
10. Darien Nelson-Henry (Sr.)- Lake Washington, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, F, 6’10″: The Lake Washington senior center has good hands and a soft touch, but is limited athletically. His big wide body that allows him to gain position in the paint will allow him to play at the next level. Committed: Penn
11. Caleb Dressler (Sr.)- Evergreen HS, AAU Team: ICP Portland, F, 6’10″, Committed: Hawaii
12. Nate Guy (Sr.)- Lakes HS, AAU Team: Northwest Panthers, G, 6’6″
13. Zach Banner (Sr.)- Lakes, F, 6’9″
14. Brett Bailey (Jr.)- University, G, 6’5″, Committed: San Diego
15. David Trimble (Jr.)- Davis HS, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, G, 6’1″
16. Adrian Davis (So.)- Mount Rainier, G, 6’0″
17. Josh Martin (So.)-Seattle Prep, AAU Team: Friends of Hoop, F, 6’8″
18. Ahmaad Rorie (So.)- Clover Park, G, 6’0″
19. Issac Barsh (Sr.)- Lincoln HS, AAU Team: Pioneer Technologies, G/F, 6’4″
20. Jake Wiley (Sr.)- Newport HS, F, 6’7″, Committed: Montana
21. Zach En’Wezoh (Sr.)- Kamiakan, F, 6’7″, Committed: Columbia
22. Ryan Shannon (Sr.)- Mountlake Terrace, AAU Team: ECBA Pioneers, 6’7″, Committed: Montana St.
23. Ty Egbert (Sr.)- Lake Roosevelt HS, F, 6’8″, Committed: Idaho
24. Jake Belford (Sr.)- Battleground HS, F, 6’9″
25. Mitch Penner (Sr.)- Kennedy, AAU Team: ECBA Pioneers, F, 6’5″, Committed: Seattle Pacific University
Next 15 in (alphabetical order): Malik Barnes (Ingraham-Sr.), Junior Chibuogwu (Shorecrest-Sr.), Will Dorsey (Rainier Beach-Jr.), Jason Harrington (Redmond-Sr.), Arell Hennings (Franklin-Sr.), Joe Knight (Roosevelt-Sr.), Tre’shaun Lexing (Lincoln-Jr.), Latrey Newsome (West Seattle-Jr.) Will Parker (Skyline-Sr.), Caden Rowland (Mount Rainier- Fr.), Joey Schrieber (Eastside Catholic-Sr.), Matt Staduacher (Lake Washington-Sr.), Deeshawn Tucker (Federal Way-So.) Jalen Ward (O’Dea-Sr.), Trevaunte Williams (Garfield-Jr.)
Note: Lavell White (Sr.)- G, 6’6″ has been left off this list due to questions about his eligibility for the season.
–Kevin Cacabelos (email@example.com)