The Top Prospects From the Washington State Tournaments
by Transition Hoops Report
From the Washington State Tournament, we checked out the 3A and 4A schools on Thursday from Tacoma and then watched the 1A and 2A schools from Yakima on Friday.
Class of 2017
Malcolm Cola (Federal Way HS, 6’7 PF) – Very strong low post player. Cola proved to be tenacious inside to go along with good footwork. Though he is not a real threat away from the basket, he plays hard and goes to both the offensive and defensive boards.
Cameron Cranston (Union HS, 6’6 SF) – Cranston does a little bit of everything. We saw him use a strong body to finish drives inside and show a good looking shot. Could play at the NAIA or D2 level.
Keegan Crosby (Nathan Hale HS, 6’4 SF) – Crosby does a little bit of everything for NH, but remains somewhat under the radar for most schools because he is the fourth option. But he is big, strong, moves well, does the dirty work and makes the most of his touches, the few times he gets them. He has a nice shot and hits the boards.
Roberto Gittens (Foss HS, 6’5 PF) – played very aggressive the entire game, even leading the break with a full head of steam at times. When he is this engaged and hitting the 3 ball like he was, he is a tough stop.
Jesse Keltner (Anacortes HS, 6’6 PF) – showed some finesse in the post with a nice right handed jump hook. He is a good passing big that was also hitting the 10 footer.
Darius LuBom (Kentwood HS, 6’0 PG) – though he got in to some foul trouble, Lubom was a total pest on defense. He also carved of the defense on several drives to the basket finished off with perfect passes to teammates whose defenders had left to help on the drive. He has a great feel for the game.
Yusuf Mohamed (West Seattle HS, 6’8 SF) – played very aggressive away from the basket. He has a good skill set and still has potential.
Aaron Nettles (Seattle Prep, 5’11 PG) – the scoring PG showed just that, hitting multiple 3s and pull up jumpers.
Jaylen Nowell (Garfield HS, 6’5 SG) – Nowell gave his usually elite level effort Thursday, despite the team struggling down the stretch. He was a bright spot for Garfield, that managed to hold on for the quarter final win.
Michael Porter, Jr (Nathan Hale HS, 6’9 SF) – there’s not much more to say about Porter. He is bigger, stronger and more skilled than most players in the nation. He showed that again Thursday.
Nate Pryor (West Seattle HS, 6’1 PG) – Pryor was impressive with his vision and ability to score. Very good feel.
Beau Roggenbach (Kentwood HS, 6’6 SF) – was the benefactor of several Kentwood guards driving and dishing as he finished plays often. He was very good getting position in the post.
Donald Scott (Foss HS, 6’6 PF) – Did a good job finishing around the basket. His size and strength make him an interesting prospect to keep an intriguing prospect.
Nate Ward (Curtis HS, 6’0 PG) – was good getting to his pull up jumper and handled ball pressure pretty well.
Collin Welp (Seattle Prep, 6’9 SF) – Welp got off to a slow start but caught fire from outside in the second half. He hit multiple timely 3s to bring his team back in to contention.
Nate Whitaker (Zillah HS, 6’1 SG) – Got crazy hot from deep. There didn’t seem to be any range limits for Whitaker off the catch.
Class of 2018
Trevante Anderson (Lincoln HS, 6’2 PG) – Was able to get to the basket and hit his outside shot. Anderson is an athletic and quick guard that is consistently in attack mode.
Etan Collins (Federal Way HS, 6’5 SF) – Collins was very productive in the first half on Thursday, scoring in multiple ways. In the second half he wasn’t scoring as much but found other ways to be productive.
Michael Coumont (Freeman HS, 6’2 SG) – Played active, smart and hard. Capable of hitting the 3-pointer and has good length.
Keaton Dean (Olympic HS, 6’5 PF) – Has some nice footwork in the post with a soft touch. He’ll need to continue to add strength to play in the post at the next level but did have a few nice finishes through contact.
Emmett Linton (Lincoln HS, 6’1 SF) – Linton was productive offensively. He was hitting his shots and getting to the basket.
Trystan Lowry (Anacortes HS, 6’0 SG) – Got it going from deep. When heated up, Lowry is a lights out shooter. Also showed that he has good vision and can lead the break.
Emmitt Matthews, Jr. (Wilson HS, 6’7 PG) – Was hitting his outside shot and used his athleticism to get to the basket. As he gets more consistent with his production, his recruiting will definitely elevate.
Jontay Porter (Nathan Hale HS, 6’9 PF) – was physically dominant over the smaller Stanwood team. While it wasn’t his best performance, he still made some nice plays.
Kevin Porter (Rainier Beach HS, 6’5 SG) – Smooth player that is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Was hitting his outside shot and then started to attack the basket.
Riley Sorn (Richland HS, 7’3 C) – In Thursday’s action, Sorn established early that he could block most shots that came his way. He doesn’t have great lateral movement but his length give him range. It sounds like he has improved from his sophomore year and he showed that he is willing to run the floor and has soft hands.
Class of 2019
Colson Bajema (Lynden Christian HS, 6’5 SG) – Capable of creating his own shot and hitting the shot. Uses his length with good elevation and body control to take difficult shots.
PJ Fuller (Nathan Hale HS, 6’3 PG) – Fuller is a such a smooth player. He gets his team in their half court stuff (on the rare occasion they need to) but also showcased his athleticism in transition.
Jaden McDaniels (Federal Way HS, 6’8 SF) – very long, McDaniels didn’t stuff the stat sheet. But his athleticism and desire to work along with his frame make him a player to keep an eye on.
Abdullahi Mohamed (West Seattle HS, 6’8 SF) – did a great job using his length create space for himself and finish in the post. He also showed that at 10 feet he can square up a defender and either hit the shot or take them off the dribble going left. Big upside here.
Elijah Pepper (Selah HS, 6’3 SG) – One of the better underclassmen we saw on the weekend, Pepper was creating his own shot off the dribble, hitting from mid and long range. He was active on both sides of the court and has very good instincts.
Garrett Streufert (Richland HS, 6’4 SG) – Streufert showed a real talent for hitting the 3-pointer off the catch and that he has a good basketball IQ. If he can improve his ball handling he could be a real headache for defenses next year.
Chirstian Zamora (Lynden HS, 6’4 SF) – hit a few deep balls off the catch and was able to use a long first step to get by defenders on the drive.
Class of 2020
Peter Erickson (Enumclaw HS, 6’4 SG) – we liked the feel the lengthy Erickson showed on Thursday. He will be worth keeping an eye on in the future as he matures.