The University of Washington has hosted the MLK Hoopfest for many years. It was a snowy day in Seattle but that didn’t stop the local community filling the seats and coming together as one to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Mainly colleges from the west coast were in attendance for the majority of the event. The UC Irvine assistant coach was the only coach who stayed from game one till the final game. The northwest has been producing talent for some years now and it showed from the amount of colleges coaches came out to check out the event
College Coaches in Attendance
- UC Irvine
- Oregon State
- Southern Idaho
- Boise State
- San Francisco
- UC Santa Clara
- and many more…
There were 12 teams that played in the Hoopfest. Ten of the teams were from the state of Washington and 2 other teams made the trip from California and Oregon. Every game consisted of a player or two that will go on and play college basketball at the D1 level. Left Coast Recruiting was there all day. Here are players that stood out and games of the day.
Players that stood out
- Darien Nelson Henry (2012) – Nelson Henry gave Penn a solid verbal. The big man for Lake Washington had many coaches in attendance to watch him face off against Lincoln High School. There was no stopping Nelson Henry as he had a tournament high 35 points and 15 rebounds.
- Zach Lavine (2013) – Lavine is a 6’1 combo guard who can put up numbers in a hurry. He started off slow but took over in the 4th quarter. Lavine hit mid-range jumpers, off balance, and has a nice floater in the lane. Coach Ben Howland was in attendance watching Lavine. UCLA has been recruiting Lavine for a long time and has offered the young man. Lavine didn’t disappoint Coach Howland. With just 11 seconds to go and Bothell down 2, Lavine grabbed the rebound and went straight to the three point line and hit the game winner for his 27th point of the night. His final stats were 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocked shots, and 1 steal.
- Mitch Brewe (2012) – The big man put up 26 points in a 30 point win over a young but talented Federal Way team. It was too easy for Brewe in the paint as he displayed a back to the basket game and ran the court well.
- Perrion Callandret (2013) – The young man has been working on his game and looked good on the court for Bothell scoring 19 points. Callandret has a long wingspan and knows how to get to the rim and lead his team. He is very fast and can accelerate faster than anyone on the court. Be on the lookout for the French guard on the AAU circuit this year. He had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
- Tre’Shaun Lexing (2013) – Lexing is a 6’6 wing who scored in many ways and shared the ball at times. Many of the colleges mentioned were in attendance for Lexing due to the potential he has. In a losing effort Lexing scored 23 points, had 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
- Josh Martin (2014) – Martin put in a show in the first half with some monster alley oop dunks. The Seattle Prep big man is rumored to commit to Washington sometime in the near future but anything can happen.
- D.J. Fenner (2013) – Fenner got his shot off whenever he wanted to against federal way and got to the rim as well. It will be interesting to see how Fenner’s game will transcend at the next level but there is no doubt Fenner will be playing d1 college ball.
- Andrew Halloway (2012) – Halloway was the heart of the Lake’s comeback to win in double OT vs. Garfield. Halloway was scoreless in the first half but scored all of his 20 points in the second half plus overtime. The Lakes Lancer willed his team to a double overtime victory. He had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
- Victor Sanders (2013) – Jefferson lost to Bothell and one of the reasons was they stopped feeding Sanders the ball. Sanders is an interesting prospect who has been putting up numbers for Jefferson this year. When Left Coast Recruiting saw him in Oregon last month he looked good there as well. Sanders finished with a team high 18 points. He also was able to bring down 7 rebounds.
- DeeShawn Tucker (2014) – Tucker showed signs of an elite D1 prospect but was limited to playing time due to suffering a concussion. Tucker is a floor general and leader at a young age. The only person who can stop Tucker getting to the rim is himself because of he also has lockdown defense.
- Roschon Prince (2013) – There was no stopping the 4 star small forward. Prince helped Long Beach Poly with a win over Rainier Beach. Prince holds offers from many colleges in the Pac-12. It seemed like Prince was everywhere on the court. He had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
- Jordan Bell (2013) – Bell and Prince were too much for Rainier Beach. Bell is a defensive presence in the paint. It was listed that Bell had 5 blocks but it seemed to be more like 10. He was grabbing rebounds and scored 13 points for Long Beach Poly. The list of colleges that are interested in the athletic forward is huge.
- Patrick Ball (2013) – Ball is a late bloomer that Left Coast Recruiting took interest in. Ball showed great body and control to get to the rim. He also displayed a decent jump shot. Franklin High’s Ball is 6’4 and is averaging 15 points a game this year. O’Dea had trouble guarding the junior. Ball finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
- Tucker Haymond (2013) – The Garfield superstar started off with a great first half. Haymond was everywhere on the court and scored most of his points in the paint. Finishing with 22 points, Haymond was the heart of the team in a classic double overtime game that Garfield came up short in. Along with his 22 points, he had 12 rebounds and 3 assists.
- Marquis Davis (2013) - Rainier Beach’s Davis worked hard on trying to get his team the win against a very explosive Long Beach Poly but came up short. He was impressive in getting to the rim with his 23 points and he also was able to pull down 8 rebounds. He was fun to watch in this event.
- Anrio Adams (2012) – This Kansas commit is always fun to watch because he can take over games when he is on his “A” game. He went after it with Long Beach Poly and put up 23 points, had 8 rebounds.
- Sekou Wiggs (2012) - Wiggs isn’t the type of recruit to consistently blow you away with flashy plays but he always has that impressive stat line at the end of the game. This game was very similar, he was very good on the defensive end with 5 steals and 7 rebounds and on the offensive end he quietly put up 23 points.
Stay tuned to Left Coast Recruiting for more updates through out the remainder of the High School season and into the signing period.
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