Last November SeaTown Sports released our annual ranking of who we believed to be the 25 best high school basketball players in the state of Washington. You can see the November rankings here.
With the playoffs fast approaching, we've decided to revamp the list and reorder the rankings based on performances so far this season. This also will serve as a resource for players you might want to keep an eye on as teams enter the playoff season this month. The rankings have been compiled from conversations and information from players, coaches, fans, scouting reports, other websites, and our own observations.
First and foremost, Anrio Adams is currently off the list, as he is not listed on any high school basketball roster in Washington. We are aware that he is enrolled at Garfield, but since he's not playing right now, he's not going to be ranked.
The top five has stayed the same, and has remained static since our top five list released last spring. O'Dea stand-out Dustin Watts jumps into the top ten, with his teammate Sekou Wiggs making a debut into the top 25. Super-scorer Zach Lavine out of Bothell, Rainier Beach post-man Michael Middlebrooks, and the 6'10" Payton Pervier from Glacier Peak all make debuts into the top 25 as well.
As always, we welcome your feedback and input on these rankings, especially if you are a player, coach, or fan. Enjoy this and please feel free to leave your us your opinions in the comments section.
Check out our top 35 high school basketball players in Washington after the jump!
Rankings based on this criteria:
1) Potential to play and perform in division 1 college basketball
2) Current performance at the high school level
1. Tony Wroten (Sr.)- Garfield, G, 6'4": Isaiah Thomas will have some competition not only in the backcourt next season, but also on Twitter, with the infamous @TWroten2 taking his twitter talents to UW next season. On a real note, Wroten's season has gone picture perfect so far, with Garfield's sole loss coming to 3A's No. 1 team, O'Dea. Wroten has proven to be too flashy and his attitude has been put into question. Can Lorenzo Romar change Wroten's showy demeanor on the basketball court?
2. Gary Bell (Sr.)- Kentridge, G, 6'2": Like Wroten, Gary Bell's season has also gone according to plan. Bell is averaging 26.9 points per game for his No. 4 ranked Kentridge Chargers. Bell's season high of 40 points came against Auburn Riverside,in the 75-65 victor, he outscored his entire team. Bell is easiest the best pure scorer in the state. His jump shot remains his best asset as a basketball player. Committed: Gonzaga
3. Hikeem Stewart (Sr.)- Rainier Beach, G, 6'3": Stewart may not be leading his team in scoring, but he has proven throughout the season why he is one of the most elite players on the west coast. He has been bothered by a nagging knee injury, but his athleticism, defense, and basketball IQ have all been on display. He'll make the extra pass, he'll finish in transition, and his jump shot is is deadly. Committed: UW
4. Brett Kingma (Sr.)- Jackson, G, 6'2": Kingma is leading the state in scoring with 31.0 points per game. If you still haven't seen Kingma play, time is running out. He is easily one of the best shooters in the country in the class of 2011. He will likely break Jon Brockman's WesCo league scoring record; he has already surpassed Ryan Appleby who had 1724 points at Stanwood. Committed: Oregon
5. Davonte Lacy (Sr.)- Curtis, G, 6'3": Lacy is a combo-guard that can score with three point range. He's versatile and has the tools to play both point guard and shooting guard. Perhaps his most unheralded ability is his defense. He has good lateral quickness and can get in the passing lanes with his wing-span. Committed: Washington St.
6. Chris Sarbaugh (Sr.)- Gonzaga Prep, G, 6'3": Sarbaugh is one of the best on-ball defenders in the state. He is a pass-first point guard that is athletic and has great court vision. He's hoping to lead his team deeper into 4A state playoffs this season after a disappointing one point loss to Federal Way in the second round last season. Committed: Gonzaga
7. Jordan Chatman (Jr.)- Union, G, 6'4": Chatman is only a junior, yet has garnered offers from BYU, Utah St., and Portland St. Other schools like Arizona, LSU, and Washington St. have also been keeping their eyes on Chatman. He contains a great ability to score the basketball. He can fire from beyond the arc and also beat his defender off the dribble. He might still be growing and still has room for improvement to expand his game even more.
8. Jerron Smith (Sr.)- Decatur, G, 6'2": Smith has upped his scoring average from 20.9 to 27.6 this season. In early January Smith became Decatur's all-time leading scorer. The silky-smooth shooter loves high-pressure situations. His scoring mentality will have to take a back seat in college as he is expected to play point guard at the next level. Committed: Portland St.
9. Kevin Henderson (Sr.)- Auburn, G, 6'4": Henderson's shot mechanics have improved thanks to his head coach, former sharp-shooter Ryan Hansen. Henderson has become a complete player. Along with leading his team with 22.5 points per game, he has shown a capacity to defend and rebound at a high level. Committed: Montana
10. Dustin Watts (Sr.)- O'Dea, G, 6'2": Dustin Watts, has emerged as the top point guard in the Metro League. Watts may not be the most athletic or talented player on the court at all times, but he does all the little things that go unnoticed consistently. His calm court demeanor, ability to penetrate, make contested shots, on-ball defense, and ball-handling set him apart from players his size that do not have scholarship offers yet. Committed: Seattle U
11. Mitch Brewe (Jr.)- Seattle Prep, F, 6'8": When you are leading the best conference in the state in scoring, you are deserving of the spotlight. Brewe is leading the league with 23.1 points per game. He has been absolutely dominant in the low post. Along with this, he has extended his range considerably and can consistently hit from 15 feet out. The scholarship offers will start rolling in once he gets more exposure during the playoffs and the spring AAU circuit.
12. Christian Behrens (Sr.)- Tahoma, F, 6'8": It is debatable to know whether Behrens is the same player he was since the freak ACL injury last season. Though he can score with his length in the low post, he has shown incredible basketball savvy in his ability to find the open man. He can pass surprisingly well for a player his size. He has received offers from Seattle U, Portland St., and Eastern Washington.
13. Michael Washington (Jr.)- Oak Harbor, G, 6'3": Washington falls into the same category as Jerron Smith, Jordan Chatman, and Kevin Henderson. He can score. But what else can he do? He is great in transition and is an active athletic player on both ends of the court. He still needs to improve his ball handling and his shooting range. Seattle U has offered.
14. Caleb Dressler (Jr.)- Evergreen, 6'10": Not everyone has heard or seen Dressler play, but Dressler is drawing the eyes of several college coaches; Stanford, Gonzaga, California, and Oregon have all been in touch. Dressler is mainly a back to the basket player, but he has the ability to stretch the defense by hitting shots from outside the block. He is still a work in progress, but you simply can't teach six feet ten inches.
15. Lavell White (Jr.)- Rainier Beach, G, 6'6": After mysteriously leaving the Seattle basketball scene the past two years, White has returned, and is now playing for the Rainier Beach Vikings (He was a freshman player on Franklin in 2007-2008). White has one year of eligibility left after this season and is the best scorer on Rainier Beach.
16. Darien Nelson-Henry (Jr.)- Lake Washington, F, 6'10
17. Zach LaVine (So.)- Bothell, G, 6'0"
18. Salim Gloyd (Sr.)- Ballard, F, 6'6"
19. Sekeo Wiggs (Jr.)- O'Dea, G, 6'3"
20. Xavier Bazile (Sr.)- Mount Tahoma, G, 6'3" Committed: Idaho
21. Alex Weber-Brader (Sr.)- Olympia, G, 6'4" Committed Seattle Pacific University
22. Michael Middlebrooks (Sr.)- Rainier Beach, F, 6'8"
23. Zach Banner (Jr.)- Lakes, C, 6'9"
24. Nate Sikma (Sr.)- Bellevue, F, 6'6"
25. Payton Pervier (Sr.)- Glacier Peak, F, 6'11" Committed: Northwest Nazarene
26. Donald Gaddy (Sr.)- Bellarmine Prep, G, 6'0"
27. Mitch Penner (Jr.)- Kennedy, F, 6'4"
28. Derek Jobe (Sr.)- Rogers, G, 6'3"
29. Arell Hennings, (So.)- Franklin, G, 5'9"
30. Matt Staudacher, (Jr.)- Lake Washington, G, 6'2"
31. Adrian Davis (Fr.)- Mount Rainier, G, 6'0"
32. TreVaunte Williams, (So.), Foster, F, 6'4"
33. Jason Harrington (Jr.)- Redmond, G/F, 6'5"
34. Riley Stockton (Sr.)- Ferris, G, 6'3" Committed: Seattle Pacific University
35. Glenn Brooks (Sr.)- Garfield, G, 6'1"
Next 10 in: Jerry Duckworth (Federal Way- Sr.), Junior Chibuogwu (Shorecrest-Jr.), Jojo Stroud (Rainier Beach-Sr.), Deshea Bell (Federal Way-Sr.), Daeshon Hall (Garfield-So.), Jordan Russell (Lincoln, Sr.), Kasen Williams (Skyline-Sr.), Parker Kelly (Gonzaga Prep-Sr.), David Trimble (Davis-Jr.), Kyle McAndrews (Lakeside-Sr.)