On March 1-3, Tacoma will host the 4a and 3a state playoffs. In those three days, both classifications will showcase their best basketball teams on road to a state title. The state of Washington has produced many players that have gone on to further their careers. Memories have been made at the Dome and many more are to come.
Here is a rundown of players to watch. (Not every team in the tournament is listed with players)
- Bothell – (2013) Zach Lavine has been putting up huge numbers all year long. The sharp shooter from Bothell has offers from about every Pac-12 team and holds an offer from Baylor. Zach shares the same back court as (2013) Perrion Callandret. Callandret is a late bloomer who has been making a name for himself.
- Mount Rainier – (2014) Adrian Davis has a killer mentality on the court. Davis is getting interest from schools all over the Pac -12. Mount Rainier will go as far as Davis takes them. (2013) Caden Rowland has helped Mount Rainier this year as well. Rowland is a nice wing who has been getting interest from mid-majors.
- Bellarmine Prep – The Lions are #2 in the state and have a well balanced offense. Be on the lookout for (2013) Lucas Meikle and (2013) Sefo Liufau. Meikle has interest from Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, California, Boise State, Seattle U, and Nevada. Liufau is a stud on the court but his main sport is football and has interest from all over the nation in football.
- Garfield - The Bulldogs have been playing good ball and are led by (2013) Tucker Haymond. Haymond is one of the state’s leading scorers. Many schools have been in contact with the young man. Haymond’s list consists of Washington, Seattle University, Oregon State, Boise State, USF, BYU, Columbia, Arizona, Portland State, Memphis, and many more. (2013) Tre’Vaunte Williams is a 6’5 wing who has also had some big games for Garfield this year to keep an eye on.
- Union – (2012) Jordan Chattman will be attending BYU next year. Chattman can get his shot off from anywhere on the court and take it to the rack. Tacoma will get once last glimpse of Chattman before he heads off to college.
- Davis - (2012) David Tremble is the point guard who is in charge of the #1 team in state. Tremble is a crafty point guard who knows how to control an offense.
- Rainier Beach - The #1 team in 3a has depth this year. The Vikings are led by #1 player in the state (2012) Anrio Adams. Adams will
attend Kansas next year. (2013) point guard Will Dorsey is a scrappy guard who has the will to win. Dorsey is getting interest from mid-majors. (2014) Naim Ladd has had some huge games this year for the Vikings. The younger brother of former Viking Michael Ladd has a bright future.
- Seattle Prep – If anyone can give Rainier Beach a run for their money the Seattle Prep is the team. (2012) big man Mitch Brewe will be attending UC Santa Barbara next year. Brewe is a beast in the paint. (2013) wing D.J. Fenner has come up big the second half of the season. Fenner is getting interest from colleges in the Pac-12 and across the country. (2014) Josh Martin doesn’t have a huge role but there is no denying the kid can play. Martin already holds an offer from the University of Washington.
- O’Dea – (2012) Sekou Wiggs has been the heart of the team. Wiggs has a good basketball IQ and can put up numbers in a hurry. Hawaii and Cal State Northridge have offered Wiggs. (2012) Dana Abe has been consistent all year putting up 17 points a game.
- Lake Washington - (2012) Darien Nelson-Henry is a double-double waiting to happen. The 6’10 center has committed to the University of Pennsylvania. Nelson-Henry has a soft touch around the rim.
- Mountlake Terrace - (2012) Ryan Shannon will be attending Montana State next year. Shannon can face up his opponent and extend his shot all the way to the three point line. The big man can also rebound at 6’8.
- Kennedy - (2012) Mitchel Penner is 6’5 who can play the wing and forward position. Penner has committed to Seattle Pacific University. When Penner is on his game, he can take his opponent off the dribble, post up, and shoot.