In fact, with the exception of Federal Way's Jalen McDaniels, it is the Seattle Rotary starting line up, but with five-star 2018 6-foot-8 forward and key Husky recruiting target J'Raan Brooks and 2019 phenom P.J. Fuller added for good measure. Talent aside, by fielding a squad already battle-hardened by the EYBL circuit, their team chemistry should be off the charts as high school teams go.
The road to a State Championship won't be a cakewalk, however.
This year’s high school boys basketball season should be an epic one, with the region bursting with talent. Rainier Beach boasts the significant talent of Oregon-bound point guard Keith Smith, assuming he's healthy, plus 6-foot-5 wing Kevin Porter Jr and Blanchet transfer wing Sam Cunliffe, who is currently committed to Arizona State. 4A champions Federal Way features the aforementioned McDaniels, who recently committed to San Diego State.
Bellevue boasts the potent inside-out tandem of 6-foot-7 forward Mikey Henn and speedy point guard Sharif Khan. Peninsula of Gig Harbor won't sneak up on anyone this season, as they are led by stand-out point guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who is headed to Corvallis to play for Oregon State.
1A State champ Kings features one of the country’s top shooters in standout 6-foot-6 junior wing Corey Kispert - a top 2017 Husky recruiting target. There are several more D1 sharpshooters spread among the high school ranks. They include BYU-bound senior Steven Beo from Richland, who might be the state’s most dangerous pure scorer when he's hot, and Woodinville returns Kingco 6-foot-6 scoring leader Tony Miller.
There are bigs for a change too. Besides the player mentioned above, Seattle Prep will boast an imposing front court that includes 6'8 Colin Welp and 6'10 sophomore brute Nic Lynch, and there are several more out there.
Sufficed to say, the boy’s basketball season in the State of Washington should be very competitive and a whole heap of fun.
On the recruiting front, all is relatively quiet for Washington, though other Northwest Pac-12 schools are making news.
Oregon earned the commitment of 4 star power forward MJ Cage - son of former Sonics big man Michael Cage. He joins a strong recruiting class that also includes Smith and Portland area point guard standout Peyton Pritchard. Cage chose Oregon over offers from Arizona, Kentucky and San Diego State.
Not to be outdone, Peninsula point guard JaQouri McLaughlin saw his recruitment come full circle, re-committing to the Oregon State Beavers after backing out of earlier pledges to OSU and Washington. His commitment continues the momentum created by Wayne Tinkle's top-25 rated 2015 class, which includes his son Tres. McLaughlin chose the Beavers over finalists Wisconsin and Utah.