2016 Washington Prospect Spring Preview

Washington landed a monster 2015 recruiting class, and part of that was due to making sure the top local kids stayed home. But who are the local players for 2016 that the Huskies need to focus on?

JaQuori McLaughlin. 6’3” Pennisula/Team Access: UW's lone 2016 commitment is a skilled point guard possessing a variety of offensive weapons. He's maintains a low dribble and is a nimble penetrator and crafty finisher at the cup despite lacking elite quickness. He's a capable floor leader with good floor vision, and similarities to former four-year Husky starter Abdul Gaddy are fair - though McLaughlin is quicker and possesses a superior - though inconsistent - jump shot at this phase in his development. Defensively, his length suggests significant potential; strength conditioning will be key.

Sam Cunliffe. 6’6” Rainier Beach/Team Fast: Currently no player in the Northwest is more underrated than the 6-foot-6 Cunliffe, who has announced he will transfer to Rainier Beach next fall. He's an explosive leaper and finisher owing to his former track roots, and gets great lift on his quality jump shot and three point stroke. He handles the ball well for a player his height, with ideal size for a high major two-guard. He gets tunnel vision at times attacking the rack. His overall decision-making can be erratic and his court awareness needs work, but overall, Cunliffe is a dynamic prospect with immense long-term upside. He claims offers from Gonzaga, WSU, Utah, Colorado, and Seattle University.

Steven Beo. 6’3” Richland/Subway: The Richland streak shooter plays the game with swagger, unapologetically bombing away from NBA three-point range with reckless abandon. He's a high level passer and quality ball-handler, but a scorer at his core and more two-guard than point man in his approach to the game. When Beo is connecting from outside he's near unstoppable, racking up some impressive scoring performances during his junior year of high school. He’s often compared to former Jackson High School and Oregon/WSU guard Brett Kingma. The flip side is also true; when he's off he's glacially cold, as evidenced by a couple of dreadfully bad shooting performances at this year’s state high school tournament. Beo is currently verbally committed to BYU.

Jashaun Agosto. 5’9” Garfield/Seattle Rotary: There are several quality smaller guards in the Northwest with the ability to make their mark at the next level, though none play with more heart or energy than Jashaun Agosto. He's a fearless competitor, possessing elite quickness, high level athleticism and a steady three-point stroke. As a point guard, he's a precise passer and an unselfish teammate with superb floor vision, ball handling and game management skills. He's also an absolute pest defensively. Continued improvement with his three-point consistency and enhanced strength conditioning will be key to his long term development, but he'll be a asset to a mid-high major roster willing to accommodate smaller guards. He currently holds an offer from Portland.

Isiah Brown. 6’0” Lakeside/Northwest Panthers: Brown is an undersized two-guard boasting significant offensive polish; a trait that put him on the recruiting map early in his development. Athletically, he's a solid athlete possessing good quickness. He's a high-level penetrator and finisher at the cup, possessing a steady three-point stroke and quality mid-range pull-up. Limiting him right now are his mature physique and average point guard instincts, which need to show significant improvement for him to play the position at the D1 level. He is drawing interest at the mid-major level.

Alphonzo Anderson. 6'6 Garfield/Seattle Rotary: Anderson is an athletic forward with considerable long-term upside. He's powerfully built and plays with rugged physicality in the paint, elevating easily for put-backs and throwing down dunks in traffic. Despite lacking ideal size for a mid-high major power forward, he is an effective rebounder with good instincts. He also shoots an improving three-point ball and shows promise with the ball in his hands on the perimeter. His long term future will be determined by continued improvement on the wing, while being careful not to sacrifice his bread and butter front court capabilities. He currently holds an offer from Boise State.

Keith Smith. 6’7” Rainier Beach: The SDSU commit is out indeterminately and won't be playing this Spring after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee. There are rumors that the versatile Rainier Beach combo guard is wavering on his commitment to the the Aztecs, however.

Jaylen McDaniels. 6’9” Federal Way/Seattle Rotary: McDaniels is a willowy forward with great length and considerable long-term upside. He's a transition-oriented forward with great end-to-end speed who can finish the break with rim-rocking flourish. He's surprisingly nimble with excellent body control in spite of his length, and shoots an effective mid-range jumper. He spends much of his time on the perimeter, however, despite lacking a three-point range jumper. He's got good touch around the hoop but is pushed around easily thanks to his wafer-thin frame. McDaniels currently holds offers from Boise State and Montana.

Tony Miller. 6’6” Woodinville/Seattle Rotary: Miller is one of the top pure scorers in the state, with a pretty three-point stroke. He's a physical presence in the paint, with huge hands and is an active rebounder. Currently standing 6-foot-6, Miller is a wing offensively, though he lacks high level athleticism, and is comfortable backing down defenders. On defense, he's long limbed and covers a lot of ground. He's a little tough to project at this point; offensively he’s a three but an undersized four-man going the other way. Miller’s oversized hands and feet suggests he may have more room to grow, and has the makings of a mid-major stretch four with a couple more inches.

David Jenkins. 6’0” Wilson/NW Panthers: Jenkins is a high energy combo guard from Wilson High School in Tacoma. Offensively, he's an excellent shooter with a quick release on his three-point stroke. With the ball in his hands, he's quick and aggressive, with good court vision and a solid handle under defensive pressure. He's energetic on the defensive end, long armed with good instincts, and has a knack for disrupting passing lanes. Jenkins holds offers from San Diego, Montana, Boise State and Portland State, and has growing interest at the high-major level.

Coleman Sparling. 6’6” Ellensburg/Subway: Sparling is a rapidly improving under-the-radar small forward from the middle of the state. He's a versatile forward who ranges all over the floor; at home under the hoop where he possesses quality moves with his back to the basket, as well as on the perimeter burying three-pointers with ease. The son of Central Washington University Head Coach Greg Sparling, Coleman is a high IQ player, though just an average athlete, and he plays with a lot of grit and toughness, showing good rebounding instincts. He impacts the game in a blue collar fashion. Sparling holds an offer from Portland State, with interest from Boise State, San Diego, Montana and Portland.

Mikey Henn. 6’7” Bellevue/Friends of Hoop: Henn is a skilled big-bodied forward from Bellevue. Despite being a tad undersized for a proto-typical D1 four-man, Henn brings a wealth of skills to table, including excellent hands and good touch around the hoop. Henn uses his broad frame to create space and gobble up rebounds though possessing average athleticism. Henn shows a growing array of post moves with his back to the basket. He has also expanded his range over the last year to beyond the three point arc, where he continues to become more comfortable. Henn is attracting interest at the mid-major level.

Tristan Miguel. 6'10” Auburn Riverside: Miguel is one of the more underrated players in the Northwest. He's slender and athletic, with good bounce and an expanding arsenal of moves with his back to the basket. He's an instinctive defender and uses his length well, holding his ground in the paint despite his lack of girth. He's been overlooked thus far in his prep career, but has considerable upside at the mid- or even high-major level.


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