The Martin Luther King Jr Hoopfest will kick off on January 21st in Seattle, Washington. The event has drawn many players who have gone on to college. Many of those players have furthered their careers in either the NBA or Overseas. Seattle Pacific University will host the event for the first time.
There will be plenty of high quality D1-D3 talent on display at the MLK Hoopfest. Usually during the event you might see a Rick Pitino, Ben Howland, Lorenzo Romar, Mark Few, etc. checking out the Northwest finest prospects.
Here is a list of players to watch out for while watching a fun filled day of basketball
- Zach LaVine (Bothell) – The UCLA commit has been putting up numbers all year long. LaVine can fill up the score board quick with his deadly jump shot. If that isn’t falling, LaVine can take his defender to the rim with his crafty skills. You cannot give LaVine any space to shoot or he will take full advantage of it. The future Bruin will have his hands full when Bothell takes on reigning 3a Washington State champion Rainier Beach.
- Perrion Callandret (Bothell) – Callandret doesn’t get the attention he should be getting. At 6’3, Callandret has long arms that help on defense and displays a nice jump shot. The young man will continue his basketball and education next year at Idaho.
- Victor Sanders (Jefferson) – Sanders is one of the most underrated players in the Northwest. The 6’4 guard can put up numbers in a hurry. Sanders can either light it up from the outside or get to the rim when he wants to. Many schools are interested in Sanders but haven’t pulled the trigger. Sanders will have to wait for the results of his ACT score. The last game LCR saw Sanders play he dropped 42 points.
- Peter French (Lakeside) – Standing 7 foot tall, French is still a project in the works but there is no question the talent is there. French has soft hands in the paint and his size alone disrupts opposing teams trying to finish at the rim.
- Tucker Haymond (Garfield) – Haymond has been a well-known name in Seattle for the last three years. The Garfield Bulldog is just that on the court. Haymond brings 10000% effort to the court every game. The Western Michigan commit has come a long ways since his freshman days.
- Patrick Ball (Franklin) – College coaches, Ball is still available, which is shocking. The 6’4 guard knows how to the play the game. Ball has broad shoulders and long arms. Ball is can knock down the open jump shot, create his own shot, and can play defense.
- Arell Hennings (Franklin) – At 5’8 Hennings is a true floor leader who knows how to run the point guard position. Hennings gives it his all on the court and plays bigger than his size. Not afraid to take it to the rim, Hennings is another guard flying under the radar in the Northwest.
- TreVaunte Williams (Garfield) – 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.
- Djuan Piper (Rainier Beach) – The 6’5 strong forward is late bloomer with a huge upside. Don’t be surprised to see Piper at a D1 school when it’s all said and done. Many schools like Oregon State, Boise State, and even Washington have kept an eye on Piper’s progress. The Rainier Beach Viking can slash to the rim and finish with contact. Piper has a long wingspan which allows him to block shots and get into the passing lane for a steal.
- Brendan Leonard (Olympia) – A tough matchup at 6’8, Leonard is a hard worker on the court who can put up a double double any given day. Leonard won’t wow you with his athleticism but can play the game. A solid D2 prospect.
- Caden Rowland (Mount Rainer)- Rowland is a 6’5 wing prospect. Tall and lenky, Rowland can put up points if his shot is falling. Rowland will need to get stronger in order to play at the next level and work on his ball handling. Rowland is at his best knocking down the jump shot.
- Marquis Davis (Rainier Beach) – Davis is a 5’11 guard who doesn’t back down. Davis is one of those guys who strives off playing defense. When Davis needs to score he can. Davis can fill it up from behind the arc, mid-range, or taking to the rim. Another guy flying under the radar, Davis has been getting D1 interest but no offers as of yet.
- Will Dorsey (Rainier Beach) –Dorsey is a natural leader on the court. The 5’9 guard knows how to control the offense and get his teammates involved. Rainier Beach is filled with guards. Dorsey is a big piece of the puzzle. Dorsey just like Davis has received D1 interest but no offers.
- Shaqqaun Aaron (Rainier Beach) – Aaron is the #1 prospect in this event. At 6’7 Aaron has a huge upside and a bunch of tools to work with on the court. When the young man is on his game, it’s a beautiful thing to watch. Aaron can hit the open shot, take his opponent off the dribble and finish at the rim, block shots, nice court vision to get off pass, and just loves to play the game. At times the Rainier Beach Viking can play out of control but there is no denying that Aaron is a man amongst boys on the court. Almost the whole Pac 12 has offered Aaron along with many colleges around the nation like Louisville, UConn, UNLV, Kansas, Syracuse, etc.
- Silas Melson (Jefferson) – The Jefferson Demo has major athleticism, a killer crossover, and a sweet jump shot to add to his arsenal. Melson has picked up some offers as of lately. Gonzaga, Washington, and Colorado State have offered Melson while Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, and Idaho have all shown interest. Melson’s game is similar to Avery Bradley minus Bradley’s defensive mindset.
- Tramaine Isabell (Lakeside) – Isabell is a crafty PG who likes to get his teammates involved first. The 6’1 guard can also score when need to. Isabell is a gym rat who just loves to play the game of basketball and you can see it on the court every time he steps on it. Isabell is also a pest on defense who loves to get into the opponents grill. Boise State, UC Irvine, Seattle U, Oregon State and Washington State are just to name a few who have been in contact with Isabell.
- D’Marques Tyson (Lakeside) – Tyson has that basketball player’s body. Broad shoulders and long arms. The shooting guard has come a long ways and has been having a nice year for Lakeside so far. Tyson has been reliable beyond the arc and getting to the rim. Don’t be surprised to see Tyson’s recruitment heat up this spring/summer.
- Josh Martin (Bothell) – Martin has been talked about in the Seattle area since his freshman year. This is Martin’s first year at Bothell after transferring from Seattle Prep. Martin is a beast in the paint and has a motor that won’t stop. Some compare Martin to former Washington super star Jon Brockman. One thing about Martin is that he plays above the rim. Don’t be surprised to see some rim rattling dunks from Martin on January 21st. Gonzaga, UCLA, Seattle U, and many others have shown interest in Martin. Washington offered Martin a couple years ago.
- Jacob Lampkin (O’Dea) – Lampkin is has many tools for a big man. Lampkin can face up his opponent 15 feet out and can knock down a jump shot or use his IQ and find the open man. Lampkin has been putting up points this year for O’Dea but the team as a whole has struggled this year.
- Naim Ladd (Rainier Beach) – Standing roughly around 5’8 don’t let the size fool you. Ladd can hang with the best of them. Ladd had a great second half of the season last year at Rainier Beach and is also having a good one this year. Ladd uses his speed to get past opponents and to the rim. The young man also displays nice court vision. Utah, Washington State, and Seattle U have been in contact with Ladd.
- Elijah Foster (Rainier Beach) – Foster is a 6’7 forward built like Andrew Bynum. Foster has a chance to be the best big man in the state if he plays up to his potential. A little raw on the offensive side, Foster makes up for it on defense. When Foster reaches his peak it could be a scary site. Foster is more of a late bloomer. UCLA, Washington, UNLV, and Seattle U have been keeping tabs on the big man.
- Jason Todd (Jackson) – At 6’5 Todd has made the transition from being a full time post player to being a threat on the wing now. Todd is a hard worker on the court and is getting better every game. Todd can use his nice frame to get past opponents or he can post up against smaller guards. Todd has numerous interests from many west coast colleges: Nevada, San Diego, Portland, Santa Clara, Stanford, Portland St, Pepperdine, Washington State, and Gonzaga have all been in contact with Todd.
- Jamil Wilson-Jones (Mount Rainier) – Wilson-Jones has been putting up points this year for Mount Rainer. The 6’1 guard is averaging 15.4 points for Mount Rainier has had a 30 point game so far this year.
- Dan Kingma (Jackson) – Yes Kingma is younger brother of former Jackson High School star Brett Kingma. Just like his older brother, Kingma can light it up from beyond the arc. The 5’10 guard is hearing from Seattle Pacific, Cal Santa Barbara, and Portland.
- Dejounte Murry (Rainier Beach) – Murry isn’t asked upon to score much due to the fire power Rainier Beach already has. At 6’3 the point guard will be talked about for the next couple years. When you look at Murry, he just has the basketball body. Murry will have a bright future at Rainier Beach. Don’t be surprised to hear Murry’s name get tossed around during AAU season this spring/summer. Murry will have high quality D1 colleges after him when it’s all said and done.
- Isiah Brown (Lakeside) – The talented freshman is getting used to the Lakeside offense and is getting better day by day. Brown has a high ceiling and the coaching staff at Washington has noticed. Lorenzo Romar has already offered Brown. Brown is a true point guard who can score when asked upon. So far this year Brown hasn’t put up huge numbers due to a talented roster.
- Jashaun Agosto (Garfield) – Agosto made a name for himself years ago. Agosto was on the Ellen show and on local news channels back in the day. Now the 5’8 point guard is in high school. Agosto has nice handles and can see the floor well. It will be interesting to see if Agosto grows down the road.
Basketball fans will have the opportunity to see today’s best talent in the Northwest put on display on Martin Luther King Jr day. The schedule below has the times of all the games. Left Coast Recruiting will be in attendance covering the event.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion
3414 Third Ave. W, Seattle
9 a.m. – Olympia vs. Todd Beamer
10:30 a.m. – Wilson vs. Cleveland (GIRLS)
Noon – O’Dea vs. Lakeside
2:30 p.m. – Bellevue vs. Jackson
4 p.m. – Bothell vs. Rainier Beach
6:30 p.m. – Jefferson (Portland) vs. Mount Rainier
8 p.m. – Garfield vs. Franklin
NOTE: TEAMS LISTED SECOND (ON RIGHT) ARE HOME TEAMS
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