King Holiday Hoopfest Evaluations

SEATTLE - Every year, Seattle's King Holiday Hoopfest showcases some of the top talent in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some of the top performers at the tournament, held Monday at Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion. This year top-ranked 4A Bothell battled 3A's top team Rainier Beach for state supremacy and eventually lost to the Vikings 66-63 in the headline game.

Zach LaVine 6-4 (Bothell). The UCLA-bound senior never met a shot he didn't like, and that was the case Monday afternoon against Rainier Beach. His three-point shot at the buzzer was left wanting as Rainier Beach beat Bothell in front of a sell-out crowd at SPU. LaVine showed off his stellar handle against the Vikings smaller guards. He's smooth and polished and deceptively quick for a player his size. He struggled to find his vaunted shooting stroke for much of the game, eventually scoring 34 on 11-26 shooting, including 2-11 from three - but still dazzled with several spectacular dunks.

Will Dorsey 5-9 (Rainier Beach). Rainier Beach has a host of undersized point guard prospects and Dorsey ranks up there with the top floor generals in the state. Though undersized, he uses his quickness to squirt through the trees and is an excellent penetrator and finisher. He's got a great handle, and is a nifty passer with a solid shooting stroke, scoring 13 points in the win. He should find a home at the mid-major level.

Marquis Davis 5-9 (Rainier Beach). The superb, if undersized point guard is a broadly built wrecking ball, with deep range, great quickness, and deft ball handling skills. But where he really shines is on the defensive end, where he's a rugged, physical, lock-down defender. Davis was the one in charge of dealing with Bothell's LaVine, and based on his shooting percentage Davis did a decent job keeping the future Bruin in check. Davis would be an excellent point guard at the mid major level.

Perrion Callandret 6-1 (Bothell). Callendret is a smooth, athletic point guard blessed with exceptional length. He struggled to get his shot off penetrating against Rainier Beach's long front court. He's an above average leaper, and showed off his deep range with a 30 foot buzzer beater to close out the first half. He scored 12 points for the Vikings and is committed to Idaho.

Caden Rowland 6-5 (Mount Rainier). Rowland is another three point oriented wing with deep range. He effectively uses his size in the paint for scoring opportunities, and has a penchant for launching ill advised NBA three point attempts. Rowland scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in a 66-65 loss to Portland Jefferson at Hoopfest. He has low-to-mid major potential on the wing.

Victor Sanders 6-5 (Jefferson). Sanders is a streaky pure scorer with a hair trigger and deep three point range. He tends to force shot attempts but seems to have an uncanny knack for sinking them, and when he's dialed in from outside he's deadly. His decision making needs a lot of work, and he lacks high level athleticism, but his shotmaking prowess is undeniable. Sanders scored 24 in the Democrats' one-point win over Mount Rainier.
Shaqquan Aaron 6-7 (Rainier Beach). It's easy to see why the slender junior wing has attracted so much attention since moving to Seattle. With guard like handle and deep range, Aaron is a formidable scoring threat, particular on the wing, where he's quick enough to take defenders off the dribble or tall enough to shoot over them. He took some bad shots, but his athleticism shines in transition where he earned himself several breakaway dunks, eventually scoring 12 points on the night. He's got attention from several top programs including Kansas, Syracuse and Louisville, as well as most of the Pac-12.

Silas Melson 6-3 (Jefferson). The sweet shooting point guard had it going from outside early against Mount Rainier, ending up with 19 points in Jefferson's win over Mount Rainier. He's a stellar ball handler, maintaining a low dribble and uses a laser quick crossover to set up defenders. Melson has a high basketball IQ and is especially effective on the defensive end, where he uses his tremendous motor and quickness to smother opponents. He's also a deceptively explosive leaper, and one of the region's top prospects for 2014. He already has offers from several Northwest programs, including Washington and Gonzaga.

Jason Todd 6-5 (Jackson). The wing with the chiseled frame is a high octane scorer who favors a mid range pull up which he sinks with consistency. Todd scored 21 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 58-55 win over Bellevue, pushing Jackson to 16-0 in 4A this year. The former little league hero and touted pitching prospect uses his muscular body to create space under the basket. He possesses a solid three point stroke, but is equally at ease scoring in the paint. He has a quick first step and is effective attacking the paint off the dribble. He's a bit of a tweener and lacks high level athleticism but is drawing attention from several high major programs.

Dan Kingma 5-10 (Jackson). The last of the Kingma line has a game similar to older brother Brett, though he's quite a bit smaller. Generously listed at 5-10, the diminutive point guard handles the ball well, and has a quick trigger. Like his brother, Kingma is a streaky shooter, but deadly from outside when he's on, as he was during the second half against Bellevue where he scored all of his 16 points after going 0-8 in the first half.

Brian Zehr 6-4 (Jackson). Zehr is a solidly built, fundamentally sound small forward with nice touch and nimble footwork in the paint. He has a fluid three point stroke, and though he isn't going to wow you with any one particular skill, he's got a solid future at the low-mid major level. He was the only other scorer for Jackson besides Todd in the first half of Jackson's win over Bellevue Monday, eventually scoring 17 points on the night.

Jack Walton 6-7 (Bellevue). The 2014 big bodied forward - a former BHS football player - showed soft touch around the basket, scoring 11 points for the Wolverines. He demonstrated surprising explosiveness throwing down a monster two handled dunk off an alley-oop. Walton's body control is solid and he runs the floor well in transition but needs to work on his footwork and body.

Josh Martin 6-8 (Bothell). It's hard to effectively evaluate Martin's offensive abilities with teammate LaVine shooting it every time down he floor. He's generally at his best in the paint battling for rebounds and is an effective offensive rebounder due to his great length and leaping ability, but he tends to lose focus and he takes plays off. Martin ended up with 12 points in their three-point loss to Rainier Beach. This summer will be key to Martin's future. He's got plenty of high major physical tools, but needs to make significant strides in his development at both ends of the floor. He is being recruited by Washington and Gonzaga.

Djaun Piper 6-6 (Rainier Beach). Piper is overshadowed at times by the sheer depth and talent at Rainier Beach, but he's worthy of a closer look. He demonstrated a quality mid range-three point stroke and a soft runner. He's got a wiry, athletic frame with plenty of long term upside. Piper is a sleeper in the loaded Washington State 2014 class. Top Stories