High-SchoolWashington: Basketball

The season came to a close this past weekend and the top of the rankings has a familiar look. Two of the top three teams remain the same from our preseason rankings and 4A's top team Davis cemented its spot at the top after claiming its first state crown since the late '60s. Our regional voters really liked Rainier Beach and Prep, which held down the 14 and 17 spot in the West Region and top two spots locally, respectively. Davis, despite being dominant all season never cracked the top 20 in the West Region, meaning they could never climb past No. 3 in the state. Class 4A runner-up Central Valley and third-place finisher Union round out the top five.

Anrio Adams and tourney MVP Marquis Davis guided Beach to a 61-58 triumph over Seattle Prep to clinch the Class 3A crown. Davis secured the 4A championship behind the play of its seniors. David Trimble nearly collected a triple double and Devonte Luckett led the way with 12 points in a 48-42 win over Central Valley — the team's first since 1965. Lynden topped White River in the Class 2A title game to finish No. 10, while Lynden Christian captured the 1A crown by defeating Zillah by 12.

Here's a look at the final top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (27-3) — last week No. 2
2. Seattle Prep (24-6) — last week No. 1
3. Davis (23-2) — last week No. 3

Top 10 teams hold steady as playoffs progress

February, 28, 2012
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We're headed to the state quarterfinals and there are plenty of intriguing matchups on the horizon. Not much movement in the rankings as Seattle Prep retains the top spot followed by Rainier Beach and Class 4A favorite Davis. Kamiakin and Mountlake Terrace round out the top five. Garfield is a scary squad right now led by KingCo 4A Player of the Year Tucker Haymond.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Seattle Prep (22-5) — last week No. 1
2. Raineir Beach (24-3) — last week No. 2
3. Davis (19-2) — last week No. 3

Prep back on top of hoop rankings

February, 21, 2012
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Guess we should've trusted our initial instincts and not dropped Seattle Prep from the top 10 after it dropped three straight games. Prep showed its resolve by winning its next four, including a take down of No. 1 Rainier Beach last week. So the Panthers find themselves back at the top of our ranking - where they began the winter. Beach drops a spot to No. 2 after going a modest 4-2 down the stretch. Garfield continues its stellar play and finds itself only behind Davis in 4A. Region play could yield some upsets and some more movement in next week's poll.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Seattle Prep (21-5) — last week NR
2. Rainier Beach (23-3) — last week No. 1
3. Davis (19-2) — last week No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

O'Dea bounces Rainier Beach, returns to rankings

February, 14, 2012
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Last week we asked if any local team could knock off Rainier Beach. O'Dea answered the call. The Irish handed Beach its first in-state loss in a thrilling 56-55 contest last week. The loss dropped Beach 13 spots in the POWERADE FAB 50. Central Valley makes its debut in the top 10, while Seattle Prep and Skyline fell out after surprising losses.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (21-2) — last week No. 1
2. Davis (18-2) — last week No. 2
3. Kamiakin (20-1) — last week No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Kamiakin vaults to No. 3 in this week's hoop rankings

February, 7, 2012
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Will anyone in Washington be able to beat Rainier Beach this year? Lakeside had its shot last week, but Naim Ladd took over down the stretch with a four-point play to lead the Vikes to an incredible 68-66 comeback win. The win kept Beach undefeated against in-state teams. Davis moves into the No. 2 spot by virtue of wins over Richland and Wenatchee combined with a Seattle Prep loss to O'Dea. Prep drops to No. 5 - it's lowest ranking of the season. Back in the rankings are Garfield and Lake Washington, and we also welcome Lynden to the mix.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (19-1) — last week No. 1
2. Davis (17-2) — last week No. 3
3. Kamiakin (20-1) — last week No. 6

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Class 3A teams dominate this week's hoop rankings

January, 31, 2012
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We're into our seventh week of rankings and Class 3A is really showing its dominance with six ranked teams, including three of the top five. Top ranked Rainier Beach (current No. 32) and Seattle Prep (preseason No. 46) have both been ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50, while several other 3A squads have spent time in the top 10. Davis has emerged as the top 4A team after Bellarmine Prep was upset last week and Clover Park is the only 2A team to be ranked this season.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (17-1) — last week No. 1
2. Seattle Prep (16-2) — last week No. 3
3. Davis (13-2) — last week No. 5

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Franklin enters this week's hoop rankings

January, 24, 2012
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There wasn't much movement in the rankings this week as Mother Nature forced the postponement of several contests across the state. Rainier Beach continues its reign atop the state and remained at No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The Vikes downed Chief Sealth by six in their only contest. Undefeated squads Kamiakin and Mountlake Terrace put their perfect records on the line to highlight this week's action. Also be on the lookout for new entrant Franklin, a deep team with balanced scoring led by junior Patrick Ball's 15 ppg.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (14-1) — last week No. 1
2. Bellarmine Prep (12-1) — last week No. 2
3. Seattle Prep (13-2) — last week No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Mountlake Terrace, Davis make their move in hoop rankings

January, 18, 2012
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With the holiday tourneys in the books, local teams are ready to get back to their quest for a state crown. No. 1 Rainier Beach suffered its first loss of the season to Long Beach Poly of California but took down Blanchet and Franklin to move to 13-1. Bellarmine Prep went undefeated to keep the No. 2 spot, while Seattle Prep also took care of business to remain entrenched in the No. 3 position. Davis makes a jump into the top five and Mountlake Terrace leaps three places to No. 7.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (13-1) — last week No. 1
2. Bellarmine Prep (12-1) last week No. 2
3. Seattle Prep (12-2) — last week No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Garfield, Mountlake terrace debut in this week's hoop rankings

January, 10, 2012
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We welcome a couple new teams to the mix in Garfield and undefeated Mountlake Terrace. The squads are a combined 20-2 and could be major factors come playoff time. In the top five, Rainier Beach and Bellarmine Prep hold the top two spots, followed by Seattle Prep and Kamiakin. Lincoln moves into the five hole after Skyline dropped a couple and University and Snohomish fell to bubble-team status.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (11-0) — Last week No. 1
2. Bellarmine Prep (10-1) — Last week No. 2
3. Seattle Prep (9-2) — Last week No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Washington Hoops Rankings: Week 3

January, 3, 2012
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It took a few weeks but Rainier Beach became the second local team to crack the POWERADE FAB 50 this winter. The undefeated Vikings come in at No. 26 after opening 8-0 and winning the Bothell Christmas Tourney. With KU-bound Anrio Adams on the floor, this team should be in the top five all year. Kamiakin has made enough noise for us to bump them up to No. 4. The Braves are 8-0, highlighted by a win over Davis. O'Dea has struggled in recent weeks and subsequently dropped from the top 10.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Rainier Beach (8-0) — Last week No. 1
2. Bellarmine Prep (8-1) — Last week No. 3
3. Seattle Prep (6-2) — Last week No. 5

Click here for the full POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

The Five Days of List-Mas: NBA Players from Washington

December, 15, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Washington.

Anrio Adams, Sekou Wiggs and Zach LaVine are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Washington has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Evergreen State to play in the NBA.
5. Jamal Crawford
Credentials: The 1999 Rainier Beach grad is a fearless shooter and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2009-10. Crawford averaged a career-high 20.6 points as a member of the Knicks in 2007.

4. Doug Christie
Credentials: The 1988 Rainier Beach graduate became one of the best defenders in the league and keyed Sacramento’s rise to prominence in the early 2000s.

3. Brandon Roy
Credentials: The Garfield alum (2002) appeared to be headed toward elite status at the two-guard spot before knee injuries derailed his career. The former UW star was taken sixth in the 2006 Draft and made two All-Star games before retiring earlier this month.

2. Jason Terry
Credentials: The 1995 Franklin grad is one of the league’s premier shooters and in the annual discussion for Sixth Man of the Year (won in 2008-09). A career 16.2 point scorer, Terry won an NBA title with the Mavs last June.

1. John Stockton
Credentials: The Gonzaga Prep alum (1980) is arguably the best point guard in NBA history. He was a 10-time All-Star and is the NBA's all-time assists leader with 15,806 dimes. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Rainier Beach slides into first in Week 1 hoop rankings

December, 14, 2011
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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

Seattle Prep's loss to Rainier Beach bumped our preseason No. 1 from its perch and elevated Beach to the top spot. Rainier should have some staying power after taking out No. 2 O'Dea behind a 25-point effort by Kansas recruit Anrio Adams. Oak Harbor dropped two games and fell out of the top 10, allowing undefeated Evergreen to make its way into the rankings. Bubble teams Bellarmine Prep, Lewis & Clark and Issaquah are likely candidates to move up next week should another ranked team struggle.

1. Rainier Beach (4-0)

2. O'Dea (3-1)

3. Seattle Prep (3-1)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Washington Weekly Rankings.

Basketball POWERADE FAB 50: Seattle Prep drops out of rankings

December, 8, 2011
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With Seattle Prep’s loss to Rainier Beach Tuesday night, the Panthers fell out of the Week 1 POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Basketball Rankings. Prep (2-1) remains the state’s top team in the West Regional rankings, checking in at No. 11. O'Dea is next at No. 12, while Rainer Beach makes a big jump from 19 to 14. Lakes, which defeated 2A state champ Clover Park last weekend, rounds out the Washington contingent at No. 15.

Click here for the entire FAB 50 Rankings.

Click here for the West Region rankings.

Seattle Prep geared up for a title run on the hardwood

November, 30, 2011
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This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Washington edition.

Sure, it’s 2011. But at Seattle Prep, it’s starting to feel like ‘06 again.

That year, the Panthers rode the talents of low-post stud Spencer Hawes and a bevy of perimeter scorers to claim the Class 4A trophy.

While no one will confuse current power forward Mitch Brewe with Hawes, defenders haven’t been able to contain the senior on the block, and the talent of his teammates may rival that of the ‘06 squad. That combination has made the Panthers (No. 46 in the POWERADE FAB 50) a favorite to capture this year’s state crown.

“I feel like that team has shown us how much hard work it takes to win a state championship,” says Brewe, a UC Santa Barbara commit. “They never took a day off, and that’s a good example for the squad we have this year.“

Brewe averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game last winter to propel Prep to the Class 3A state tournament, where the Panthers were knocked out by league rival O’Dea.

This year, teams will double Brewe at their own peril.

Junior D.J. Fenner returns after a year in Washington, D.C., while seniors Michael Phillips and Jackson Clough and sophomore Josh Martin add scoring punch from the perimeter. Fenner provides the Panthers with a multi-faceted scorer who is among the league’s toughest defenders. Clough tallied 13 points a game last winter and has one of the prettiest strokes in the state. Phillips is a hard-nosed defender and his leadership is unmatched, while Martin is a voracious rebounder.

“We have the talent to make people decide who they’re going to defend,” says coach Michael Kelley. “If we’re willing to defend and share the ball, good things will happen.”

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.
Bothell G Zach LavineRick Dahms/ESPNHSBothell junior guard Zach LaVine can score with the state's best and is receiving interest from UCLA, USC, Cal and Washington.
This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Washington edition.


When you watch Zach LaVine play basketball, you’ll quickly see why Division I schools are knocking down the doors at Bothell in hopes of landing the junior phenom.

Peep his NBA range from the perimeter, the insane balance he displays when crossing over defenders and the mean swag he exudes whenever he steps on the court.

What you won’t see from the 6-foot-2 combo guard on the hardwood is the excruciating pain he feels with each Bothell loss — the Cougars went 4-16 last year. No, that’s reserved for the locker room, where you might find LaVine holed up in the corner with a towel over his head imagining each setback is just a bad dream he’ll soon wake up from.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” says LaVine. “You have to handle adversity well. There are roadblocks you will have to fight through.”

LaVine’s on-court talents and his ability to maneuver through adversity are why he’s being viewed as a beacon of hope for a Bothell hoops program that has long lived in the shadow of the school’s decorated football team. Considered one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2013, LaVine averaged a gaudy 25.9 points per game in his first varsity season last year.

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