High School basketball is around the corner here in Washington State and Left Coast Recruiting is here to bring you your updated list of players to watch. The Evergreen State keeps producing elite talent every year and this year is no different.
Left Coast Recruiting was able to go out on the AAU circuit this spring and summer to see how the prospects in the state of matched up against the best players in the country. After an exciting AAU circuit, LCR came up with a list of players to watch this year ranging from 2013-2016.
In the next three days the list will be released. Today we will focus on the class of 2013.
Zach Lavine (Bothell High School) – Lavine is a 6’4 combo guard who is committed to play for Coach Howland and the UCLA Bruins. What Lavine does best is shoot and when the young man is on, he can shoot with the best of them in the country. Lavine has worked on his ball handling skills as well and now is a handful to handle when his shot is on and he is taking it to the basket.
D.J. Fenner (Seattle Prep) – Fenner is a shooting guard with a good basketball IQ. The Seattle Prep guard can take his opponent off the dribble and use his body to get to the rim. Fenner flew under the radar recruiting wise. Don’t be surprised to see Fenner play with a chip on his shoulder this year.
Tre’Shaun Lexing – Lexing is possibly the most intriguing prospect in the state of Washington. At 6’6 Lexing can play the 1-4 spot. The lefty displays a nice jump shot and is reliable with the ball in his hands.
Tucker Haymond (Garfield High School) – Haymond has come a long ways wince his freshman days. The 6’4 guard has a reliable jump shot and is more comfortable with the ball in his hands due to working on his dribbling. Haymond has a motor that doesn’t stop. One thing is for sure is that the young man will give you 200% on the court.
Perrion Callandret (Bothell High School)-Callandret is a guard who made a name for himself in the state of Washington last year playing alongside Zach Lavine. There were at times when Lavine’s game was off and Callandret showed that he was a guard who can score.
Patrick Ball (Franklin High School) – Ball is a solid guard who can slash to the rim. At 6’4 Ball uses his size as an advantage to get his shot off and to get past opposing players.
Lucas Meikle (Bellarmine Prep) – Meikle is a 6’8 forward who has a nice face-up game. The Gonzaga commit hasn’t received national attention due to staying local on the AAU circuit. Meikle is a tweener between a wing and forward.
TreVaunte Williams (Garfield High School) – Williams game and body is similar to former Michigan State star Draymond Green. Not the most athletic guy on the court but Williams gets it done. Williams can use his body to post up and has the ability to use his dribble to get by opposing players.
Will Dorsey (Rainier Beach High School) – If Dorsey was about 6’0 there would be no question his name would be more nationally known. The 5’9 point guard can lead a team and is a very coachable player. Dorsey just likes to win and will do anything to get his team involved.
Brandon Gfeller (Shorewood High School) – Gfeller won’t wow you with his athleticism. The 6’5 wing can create enough space to get his shot off over his opponent. Gfelller is a shooter and can hit it well beyond the NBA three point line.
Jordan Johnson (Lakes High School) – Johnson was getting a name for himself last year for the Lakes Lancers. Johnson slightly tore his PCL over the spring and was sidelined the whole summer. The 6’4 shooting guard is looking to handle some unfinished business.
Dezmyn Trent (Foss High School) – Trent is a well-built guard who can rebound and shoot the ball well. A little undersized for his position, Trent makes up for it with defense and hard work.
Marquis Davis (Rainier Beach High School) – Davis is one of those small guards who gives it his all on the court. He doesn’t back down from any one on the court. When the 5’9 guard is on, he can easily light up the scoring board.
Brett Baily (University High School) – Another player who won’t wow you with his athleticism, Bailey can create his own jump shot off the dribble. Baily finds a way to get to the free throw line.
Committed: San Diego University
Josh Hawkinson (Shorewood High School) – Hawkinson is crafty at 6’9. He can put the ball on the ground and has a nice basketball IQ. Hawkinson can develop into a good four year D1 player.
Committed: Washington State University
Djuan Piper (Rainier Beach High School) – Piper is very active on the court. The long armed 6’6 forward likes to play on the key and can knock down an 18 foot jump shot. Piper will get some more looks this season from schools. Expect Piper to sign in the spring.
Arell Hennings (Franklin High School) – At 5’8 Hennings is well poised with the ball in his hands. He is a pesky defender who can get into the oppositions head. Hennings has progressed throughout his years at Franklin and has turned into a solid guard.
Braxton Tucker (Spanaway Lake High School) – Tucker put up big numbers last year for Spanaway Lake and will do the same this year. The 6’5 forward plays well in the paint and can block shots with ease. Tucker displays a nice touch from 15 feet out.
Peter French (Lakeside High School) – French stands tall at 7 foot and is a force in the paint at times. French uses his 7 foot body to block shots, shoot, and run the court well for his size. French has a knack for putting the ball in the rim off of put backs.
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