Who is the number one high school basketball player in the state of Washington? For the fifth year in a row, I solicited input from players, coaches, scouting reports, other websites and my own observations to rank the top 25 high school basketball players in the state of Washington.
This year, seven of last year's top ten players have graduated, including the former No. 1 player, Kansas' Anrio Adams. Bothell's Zach Lavine moves into the top slot after an impressive junior year campaign and a commitment to the UCLA Bruins.
Note: This list is an update to the rankings we posted in late August. Shaqquan Aaron's transfer to Rainier Beach shifted some players down. Also, the college commitments made by players in September and October are now reflected in the rankings.
Is someone too high? Is someone too low? Who was snubbed? Let us know in the comments section.
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. Zach Lavine (Sr.)- Bothell, G, 6'3":
The smoothest scorer in the state has some deficiencies in his game, but because of his unlimited range and athleticism, he's the best player in the state of Washington. To become a complete player, Lavine will need to be more aggressive in attacking the defenses by penetrating and relying less on his shooting ability. He has the skills to finish at the rim, it is just a matter of him taking more initiative. Committed: UCLA
2. Shaqquan Aaron (Jr.)- Rainier Beach HS, F, 6'6":
The high profile transfer from southern California debuts at No. 2 on the rankings. Aaron is one of the most athletic wings in the country. He has the ability to take his man to the basket off the dribble and also has decent range on his jump shot. In terms of weaknesses, his upper body has some bulking up to do, but he will be the talk of the town this coming basketball season. Offers: Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon State, San Diego State, St. John's, Syracuse, UCLA, UNLV, Washington
3. Ahmaad Rorie (Jr.)- Lincoln, G, 6'1": Rorie is a lightning quick point guard who can get to the rim and finish with grace. He has good balance and body control and excels in transition because of these traits. Committed: California
4. D.J. Fenner (Sr.)- Seattle Prep, G, 6'6": Everyone knows he can penetrate and score at will off the dribble, but not many people notice how good Fenner is defensively. When he sets his mind to it, Fenner is an elite defender. He has quick hands to force steals and nice leaping ability and timing to block shots. Committed: Nevada
5. Tre'Shaun Lexing (Sr.)- Lincoln, F, 6'6":
Lexing is not the type of player who is going to take over games by himself, but his length and athleticism project him as an effective player at the next level. He shows solid ability to get to the rim and finish in transition, but will need to improve his shooting touch. Committed: Colorado
6. Brett Bailey (Sr.)- University, G, 6'6": Watching him at the state tournament this past March was a revelation. Bailey might have the prettiest jump shot in the state. Along with his jumper, Bailey can score off the dribble and is crafty at using pivots to draw contact to get to the free-throw line. San Diego is getting a good one. Committed: San Diego
7. Marquis Davis (Sr.)- Rainier Beach, G, 5'9": On the biggest stage at the 3A State Championship, Marquis Davis played the best out of a collection of the state's top talent. He's short, but his athleticism is off the charts. The elevation and form of his jump shot is eerily similar to Rainier Beach-alum Nate Robinson. While his level athleticism certainly doesn't match Robinson's, Davis' quickness and perimeter offensive skills are unmatched by anyone at the state at his position. Offers: Boise State
8. Lucas Meikle (Sr.)- Bellarmine Prep, F, 6'8": Meikle is a lanky and versatile forward who is comfortable facing up and taking his man off the dribble. He'll be a solid role player for the Zags at the next level, but he will need to add strength to his frame to become a consistent contributor. He won't jump out of the gym, but he has a decent range on his shot and he can hold his own against stronger players. Committed: Gonzaga
9. Tucker Haymond (Sr.)- Garfield, G/F, 6'5": Haymond did everything right in his junior year at Garfield. Not only did he show an ability to score from the perimeter, but he showed an ability to post-up smaller players, rebound and make the right pass to involve his teammates. Offers: Seattle U, Montana State, Western Michigan
10. Seth Berger (Sr.)- Ballard, F, 6'7": Berger is a long forward with exceptional scoring ability. He opened some eyes on the national recruiting scene this summer and will definitely surprise fans and observers this upcoming high school season. Committed: University of Massachusetts
11. Josh Martin (Jr.)- Bothell, F, 6'7" Offers: Gonzaga, Washington
12. Donovan Dorsey (Jr.)- Timberline, G, 6'6" Offers: Gonzaga, Oregon St., Portland St., Washington, Washington St.
13. Josh Hawkinson (Sr.)- Shorewood, F, 6'9" Committed: Washington St.
14. Brandon Gfeller (Sr.)- Colfax, G, 6'3", Committed: Montana
15. Tramaine Isabell (Jr.)- Lakeside, G, 6'0"
16. Jason Todd (Jr.)- Jackson, G/F, 6'6"
17. Will Dorsey (Sr.)- Rainier Beach, G, 5'9"
18. Matt Hubbard (Jr.)- Colville, F, 6'9"
19. Perrion Callandret (Sr.)- Bothell, G, 6'2", Committed: Idaho
20. Arell Hennings (Sr.)- Franklin, G, 5'8"
21. Latrey Newsome (Sr.)- West Seattle, G, 6'3"
22. Caden Rowland (Sr.)- Lincoln, G, 6'5"
23. Deeshawn Tucker (Jr.)- Federal Way, 6'0"
24. Djuan Piper (Sr.)- Rainier Beach, F, 6'6"
25. Naim Ladd (Jr.)- Rainier Beach, 5'9"
Next 15 in (in alphabetical order): Patrick Ball (Franklin), Brayon Blake (Federal Way), Marcus Chambers (Foss), David Crisp (Clover Park), Adrian Davis (Federal Way), Elijah Foster (Rainier Beach), Jordan Johnson (Lakes), Jacob Lampkin (O'Dea), Corey Langerveld (Pullman), Sefo Liufao (Bellarmine Prep), Fuquan Niles (Rainier Beach), Trent Riley (Mount Si), Zach Taylor (Cedarcrest), Dezmyn Trent (Foss), Bayek Tutlam (Mariner)
Three freshmen to keep your eyes on: Jashaun Agosto (Garfield), Isiah Brown (Lakeside), Sean Gummersall (Seattle Prep)
Past year's rankings (No. 1 player): 2011 (Anrio Adams), 2010 (Tony Wroten), 2009 (Josh Smith), 2008 (Tony Wroten)
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