The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr Hoopfest was another success this year. The event was held at Seattle Pacific University. For those familiar with the gym, it is more of a high school gym atmosphere than a college atmosphere. The stands were packed all day and afternoon for a fun filled day of basketball on a special day.
Many college head coaches and assistants were in attendance: California, Washington, Gonzaga, Idaho, Portland, Seattle U, Tulsa, Santa Clara, Washington State, Boise State, and many other schools as well.
The games were very close. The final game lived up to the hype. Garfield and Franklin renewed their rivalry this year. Garfield pulled it out 74-72. There was a bunch of talent on display throughout the event. Here are the top performers of the MLK Hoopfest.
- Zach LaVine (Bothell) – The UCLA commit had to earn all of his 34 points against Rainier Beach in a losing effort. Although he didn’t have a great shooting percentage this game. LaVine showed why he is one of, if not the best player in the state. LaVine can get his shot off any time he wants to and has worked on his point guard skills handling the ball facing pressure.
- Trevaunte Williams (Garfield) – Williams was hitting shots from behind the arc and working hard in the paint. The unsigned senior is a work horse on the court. Williams can defiantly help out a team at the D2 level. Williams dropped 27 points in a winning effort against Franklin.
- Tramaine Isabell (Lakeside) – This is the second time Lakeside beat O’Dea this year. Isabell scored 25 points by getting to the rim. The knack that Isabell has to get to the rim is something you can’t coach; you just have to have it in you. Isabell gets in the passing lanes as well. Boise State and a couple other schools were checking out the 2014 prospect.
- Victor Sanders (Jefferson) – LCR saw Sanders at the LSI in Portland last month. Sanders didn’t disappoint at the MLK Hoopfest. The underrated senior had 25 points and scored in multiple ways. Sanders displayed a three point shot, mid-range game, and took it to the rim. The 6’5 guard can go. Colorado and Utah are interested in the senior.
- Jason Todd (Jackson) – Todd gets better and better every time LCR sees him. The 6’5 wing finished with 21 points. Todd has been putting numbers all year and has is many ways. Todd has a soft touch when shooting the ball. Todd can back down his defender or put the ball on the ground and use his strong body to get to the rim. A very coachable prospect, Todd had many coaches in attendance watching him.
- Caden Rowland (Mount Rainier) – Rowland looked good out on the court. The unsigned guard showed good footwork at the top of the key to get his shot off. One thing Rowland can do is shoot the ball. Rowland did show signs of putting the ball on the ground but at the next level he will need to put on weight in order to finish with contact. Rowland had 21 points in a losing effort.
- Aaron Falaniko (O’Dea) – Falaniko ha a season high 20 points. Falaniko found a way to get to the paint and hit shot after shot. One of those games where the senior was on.
- Silas Melson (Jefferson) – Melson didn’t have a good game to his standards with 19 points. Melson showed signs of why he one of the hot rising prospects in the northwest. Melson showed his athleticism and sweet jump shot. Many coaches were in attendance watching Melson play.
- D’Marques Tyson (Lakeside) – Tyson and Isabell are a nice duo on the court. Tyson is about 6’5 who is more of a late bloomer. Wouldn’t be surprised to see his recruiting heat up this summer if he is in the right situation. Tyson can knock down the three point shot, mid-range shot, and at times can get to the rim. Tyson will need to put on a little bit more muscle to finish at the next level.
- Jamil Wilson-Jones (Mount Rainier) – Wilson-Jones is a flashy guard who can play the game. Wilson-Jones plays the game hard and with passion. The senior played tough defense and showed signs getting to the rim. Wilson-Jones finished the game with 18 points.
- Patrick Ball (Franklin) – Ball had 17 points in a losing effort. Ball had a nice first half for Franklin but slowed up in the second half. Ball handling is Ball’s weakness and in order to play guard at the next level, Ball will need to work on that. Ball can put the ball on the ground at times but isn’t consistent. Ball was hitting some nice jump shots.
- Brian Zehr (Jackson) – Zehr was a guy LCR wanted to see since he has been putting up numbers as of lately. Zehr isn’t a bad guard. Knows how to get his shot off and use the backboard when need to. The 2014 guard finished with 17 points.
- Tucker Haymond (Garfield) Haymond has a motor on him. The Western Michigan commit has worked on his ball handling and can put it on the ground to get past his defender. Haymond’s damage this game came in the paint. Williams and Haymond are a handful in the paint.
- Dan Kingma (Jackson) – The brother of former Jackson sharpshooter Brett Kingma can shoot as well. Kingma hit some key three pointers for Jackson. A bit undersized for a shooting guard at the D1 level, Kingma can help out a team at the D2-D3 level. Kingma had 16 points with most shots from behind the arc.
- Jordan King (Rainier Beach) – Rainier Beach had some help from their seniors. King isn’t known for his scoring but the senior led the team with 14 points over Bothell. King was active in the paint where he scored the majority of his points.
- Will Dorsey (Rainier Beach) - Dorsey is another unsigned guard who can hoop. Dorsey loves to play defense and is very coachable. Dorsey penetrated to the basket and finished at the rim. Opposing guards for Bothell had their hands full with Dorsey and his defensive presence.
Left Coast Recruiting would like to thank Jeremy Eggers and Friends of Hoop for hosting the event. Here are the scores and game stats from each game courtesy of the Seattle Times.
|Beamer 60, Olympia 54||Game stats|
|Lakeside 69, O’Dea 54||Game stats|
|Jackson 58, Bellevue 55||Game stats|
|Rainier Beach 66, Bothell 63||Game stats|
|Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 66, Mount Rainier 65||Game stats|
|Garfield 74, Franklin 72||Game stats|