Top area hoops prospects - 2005

We already are well aware of the recent and current top basketball talent in the state of Washington. The class of 2003 featured 3 players on Parade's All American Team, limited to less than 30 of the top players in the nation. Headlined by Marvin Williams, the 2004 class could be even better. Yet, it is easy to forget or be unaware that the class of 2005 features several players who may follow in the footsteps of recent stars such as Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, the Stewarts and Aaron Brooks.

Here is my take on the best local players in the class of 2005 and who to watch outside of the Seattle area as well.

1. Martell Webster, 6-5 SF, Seattle Prep High School.

Martell has already been ranked in the top 10 nationally by every list of rankings. He led his high school team in scoring as a freshman and established himself as one of the best players in state this past season by scoring 19ppg and averaging near 10 boards a game. He has the ability to post up and score effectively inside and he can also knock down the three consistently. Martell has already received interest from many colleges on the West Coast. Look for Martell to continue to improve his game next season, as he will make Prep a state title contender.

2. Marcus Williams, 6-4, Guard, Roosevelt High School

Williams had a breakout season going from obscurity to scoring more than 18ppg for the Roughriders. That includes five games when Marcus scored 25 points or more. He had a career high of 35 against Juanita and in his last game scored 33 against Lake Washington. Marcus is still relatively unknown but certainly will change that during the next season. He helped breathe life into a program that has had serious struggles of late.

3. Mitch Johnson, 6'1, PG, O'Dea High School

Mitch is the son of former NBA player JJ Johnson. As a freshman Mitch made his mark on O'Dea by breaking into the rotation. Anyone who knows Coach Phil Lumpkin can verify that Mitch was first freshman to receive minutes in a long time. This past season as a sophomore Mitch scored 14 ppg while effectively running the point. His leadership and poise is what fueled O'Dea's run into the state tournament. Watch for Mitch to have some serious future battles with Martel as O'Dea and Prep usually meet about four times per season.

4. Terrence Williams, 6'6, G/SF, Rainier Beach High School

Also from the Metro league is this future star that has waited in the wings behind upperclassmen stars such as the Stewart twins. Williams is big and displays good ball handling skills for someone of his size. In limited time he averaged 7 ppg, in Rainier Beach's championship season. He can likely play any position next year for the Vikings. His size and skills will allow him to play the point, or either wing position. Look for Terrence to have a breakout season next year as he, Martel and Mitch will challenge each other to see who's team will be the best in 3A Seattle next season. Terrence will also have a hefty task of filling in for the departed Stewart twins. ranks him as the 19th best player nationally in the 2005 class.

More info coming on these players just outside of Seattle….

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