eBoss Hoops: MLK Hoops in the Emerald City

In the world of high school basketball, there are no shortage of Martin Luther King Day or weekend events. Monday afternoon, the Road Show was in Seattle for the King Holiday Hoopfest held at the Bank of America Arena on the campus of the University of Washington.

With several big timers like Renardo Sidney, Peyton Siva, Abdul Gaddy and others including super freshman Tony Wroten on hand, the Hoopfest was the place to be.


Peyton Siva - Considering that he only made 4-18 shots from the field, it’s pretty impressive that the near six foot point guard was able to ring up 23 points and more importantly a victory. A relentless attacker, Siva willed his way to the free throw line time after time and he converted on 14-17 attempts. Athletic, quick and sometimes out of control, Siva is a bit of a risk taker who can get himself in trouble from time to time by leaving his feet and trying to improvise in mid air. Still, he’s easily one of the premier guards in the class of 2009 and he’s got a chance to very good as he settles down and figures out how to best harness his raw talent. Range on his jumper, quickness, ability to handle with either hand and competitive fire, Siva has it all, he was just off from the field.

Renardo Sidney - One of a handful of players in the conversation for the top spot in the class of 2009, the 6-9 big man pretty much slept through the first half as he spent most of his time hanging on the perimeter hunting jumpers. During the second half, Sidney dominated the glass and got easy basket after easy basket against a much smaller Seattle (WA) Franklin team. By the time he was finished, Sidney had racked up a pretty impressive stat line of 24 points and 22 rebounds but the scary thing is that he could have been even more dominant had he competed consistently and his teammates done a better job of getting him the ball.

Tony Wroten - Only a freshman, there’s going to be plenty of ink spilled detailing the exploits of this talented young lefty. An explosive athlete with pretty good range on his jumper, Wroten is an impressive passer who finds open teammates with laser beam passes. His jumper has a bit of a screw ball rotation and his right hand needs a lot of work, but it’s important to remember that this kid is just a freshman. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch him develop and there can’t be many freshman who are more impressive at this point.

Abdul Gaddy - With Arizona assistant Josh Pastner watching on from the first row, the future Wildcat showed off a much more aggressive approach. Having grown to nearly 6-3, the skinny lead guard also looked to be a little bit quicker and more athletic than in the past. While he forced some jumpers and struggled mightily with his ball handling (12 turnovers) at times, it was an overall good performance as he finished with 26 points, five assists and four steals. He’s still a little right hand dominant but this is a kid who is still growing and most of his struggles will be eased as he matures physically.

Josh Smith - There aren’t many players in the class of 2010 who can match the 6-9 center’s combination of strength, footwork and soft hands. Fundamentally sound in the low post, Smith wastes little motion and is always moving towards the hoop. A potential big timer, Smith finished his afternoon with 29 points.


Abdul Gaddy isn’t the only 2009 stud in the backcourt for Tacoma (WA) Bellarmine Prep. 6-3 shooting guard Avery Bradley is a high level player in his own right and he does the bulk of his damage on smooth pull-up jumpers going to either his right or left. Also an excellent defender, Bradley finished with 30 points and mentioned Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Washington State, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Kansas as schools in pursuit. … What was most impressive about sophomore Josh Smith’s 29 point outing? How about his line from the field? Smith was nearly perfect converting on 14 of 15 attempts from the floor. … Also turning in a fine effort for Covington (WA) Kentwood was 6-7 senior combo forward Jeremy Green. A lean athlete, Green went for 27 points and seven rebounds and should be a guy that low to mid majors check out over the next couple of months. … The prayer that was Peyton Siva’s wild triple pump three pointer off of a dead sprint was answered when teammate Sterling Carter tipped in Siva’s missed shot with 1.5 seconds left giving Franklin a 56-55 win over Fairfax and Renardo Sidney. … Wroten isn’t the only impressive freshman at Seattle (WA) Garfield, backcourt mates Jaron Cox and Glenn Brooks both have plenty of promise as well. …

Schools in attendance- Washington, Louisville, Arizona, Kansas.

  • Total teams seen- 179.
  • Total games watched- 98.
  • Total miles traveled- 15,799.

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