Top 10 High School Basketball Players in Washington ’09-’10

With the High School Basketball season all over, it’s now time to release our state player power rankings for next season. This list will not include any Seniors, so no more Peyton Siva, Abdul Gaddy, etc. The grades listed for players will reflect their current grade this school year, so Tony Wroten will still be listed as a Sophomore, not a Junior. With all this said, enjoy and let the debate begin.

These are who we believe to be the top 10 players in the state regardless of class or position

1. Josh Smith (Jr.) Kentwood-PF/C–Had to be disappointed, as the Kentwood Conqs were unable to make the 4A state tournament this past month.  He led the state in both classifications with 24.3 points per game. He is the most dominant player in the painted area in the whole country.

2. Tony Wroten (So.) Garfield-PG–Tony Wroten will enter next season as the most talented junior in the whole country. He has a lot of holes in his game, but he’s turned himself into one heck of a player. Coaches that have seen all the talent come through, have said that Wroten might be the best they’ve ever seen. That’s something special if they’ve seen players like Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, and Jason Terry play high school ball in Seattle.

3. Gary Bell (So.) Kentridge-G–Like the two players above him, Bell already has an offer on the table from the Huskies. He has great work-ethic and is a versatile player on the court. He averaged 18.9ppg this season. In a two game stretch against Bellarmine Prep and Decatur, he scored 23 points. He blew up for 32 points against Inglemoor late in the season.
4. Aaron Bright (Jr.) Bellevue-PG–Clutch. Very rare do you see players as talented as Bright, that can rally his team from deficits and also take over games. Bright is the best passer in the state. Hands down. His shot is deadly and he’s wielded that weapon well, as his shot selection has gotten a lot better. People saw how good he really was after Districts and State. Bellevue will need his point production to go up if they’re to compete for a 3A state title next year.
5. Patrick Simon (Jr.) Ephrata-SF– Admittedly, I have yet to see him play. However, when you are committed to WSU that is enough evidence that he’s a pretty decent player. He was out with an injury the whole season.

6. Cole Dickerson (Jr.) Federal Way-G/F– A really solid offensive threat. He can rebound, score and pass with efficiency.  He will try to lead the Federal Way Eagles to a repeat State title next season. His point production should go up with Forbes, Hale, and Barrington departing.

7. Jaamon Echols (Jr.) Rainier Beach-PG–With Dotson and Pickett both injured, Echols was called on to become Beach’s first option offensively. Although he failed to lead Beach deep into the 3A state tournament, Echols gave a preview of what Beach’s team will be like next season. He’s a very fun player to watch, he has great handles and he is incredible at finishing around the paint and finishing off drives. He ends up getting a lot of 3-point plays.

8. Christian Behrens (So.) Tahoma-F–An under-the-radar player, Behrens averaged 20.5ppg as a sophomore. We’ll be hearing his name a lot more next season. He’s 6-8 and apparently still growing. If he gets taller, he could start gaining some serious notice from colleges if he hasn’t already.

9. Brett Kingma (So.) Jackson-SG–Returned to play in 2 games late in the season, in his first game after recovering from his injury he scored 23 points. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say he’s the best shooter in the State. When he’s on, he’s on. He can pull up from any location on the court and sink a shot, his shot is so pure.

10. Jerron Smith (So.) Decatur-G–A natural athlete. He has some nice range on his jumpshot. With Tibbs departing, he becomes Decatur’s 1st option. The Gators have a chance to have a special season with Jordan McCloud also returning next season.

Next 10 in:  Ryan Nicholas-Gonzaga Prep, Tanner Riley-Mount Si, Ryan Rogers-Auburn Riverside, Andre Winston Jr.-Lakes, Deshea Bell-Kennedy, Paul Jorg- Inglemoor, Lonnie Pearson-Rainier Beach, Devante Williams-O’Dea, Dominic Ballard-O’Dea, Connor Hamlett-Meadowdale

Who’s missing? Someone too low? Someone too high? Let us know…

Further Reading:
Josh Smith: Colleges in Consideration  
Current Local Basketball Commitments 
Class of 2010 and 2011 Recruiting Update 

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