One need look no further than at UW's 2015 recruiting class, which included four local standouts, two of whom, are starting as freshmen for the Huskies. But as strong as the 2015 class was, there's plenty more talent where in the funnel. The Next Wave has officially arrived.
Here's the first installation of our top-30 in the state, regardless of class.
21) Nate Pryor. 6'0 PG 2016 West Seattle. Pryor is one of the more unheralded talents in the Pacific Northwest. Poised and polished, he's an agile floor manager with a sure-handed dribble, great vision and is a high level passer. As a scorer, he's shifty and unpredictable, and consistency connects from beyond the three-point arc. He has committed to SeattleU.
22) Abdul Mohamed 6'7 PF 2019 West Seattle. The top post prospect thus far in the local 2019 class, Mohamed is long on upside. He dominates the paint on both ends of the floor, powering through contact, and is physical shot-blocker and rebounder. His recruitment is just ramping up, but he's already drawing high major attention.
23) Devin Culp. 6'5 SF 2017 Gonzaga Prep. Culp is a powerfully built, physically mature wing from Spokane. Despite his bulk, he's bouncy and a powerful finisher, with decent lateral quickness and he plays with energy, both defensively and on the glass where he's an excellent rebounder. He has interest from high major programs across the Notrthwest including WSU, Oregon State and Gonzaga.
24) Trey Airy-Turner. 6'3 PG 2017 Issaquah. Airy-Turner is a flashy, slick handling point guard from Issaquah. He a nifty passer, though sometimes careless when he over-dribbles. He's got great end-to end speed but not great lateral quickness, and is a good finisher at the basket. He's also a decent three-point shooter. He earned an offer from UW after his freshman season, but is otherwise being recruited at the mid major level with offers from SeattleU, Montana, BSU and Utah State.
25) David Jenkins. 6'0 SG 2017 Wilson. Jenkins, who recently announced he was reclassifying to 2017, is an undersized shooting guard from Tacoma who can put up points in a hurry. Last season's Narrows League co-MVP is a lights-out three point shooter, and a decent ball-handler. He needs to improve in that regard to run the point at the college level. He holds several offers at the mid-major level including Montana, Boise St. and Portland St.
26) Mikey Henn. 6'7 PF 2016 Bellevue. Henn is a tough, broad-framed power forward with advanced post skills. He's a solid athlete, and has trimmed up considerably over the last six months, growing in strength while dramatically improving his bounce. He's suave with his back to the basket, but sometimes struggles against taller defenders. Henn shows a nice touch around the cup and he's also a high level interior passer. He recently committed to UC Davis.
27) Collin Welp. 6'8 PF 2017 Seattle Prep. The son of the late Husky Legend Christian Welp, Collin is an offensively skilled post prospect. Though he's just an average athlete, he uses his big body to create space and get to the rim. He can also step outside where he shoots a smooth mid range jumper. He has attention from the mid major level with offers from SeattleU and Columbia.
28) N'Keil Nelson. 6'5 SF 2017 Rainier Beach. A high rising small forward who plays with a lot of energy, Nelson has good athleticism and is a force attacking the paint, finishing with a flourish the rim. He also shoots a nice step back jumper with range out to the three point arch. He needs to improve his handle. His recruitment is just ramping up.
29) Tony Miller. 6'6 SF 2016. Woodinville. Miller is a muscular, small forward, and one of the state's top prep scorers. He's an excellent shooter from deep and though just an average athlete, he compensates by playing with great energy, defends, and is a hard worker on the glass. He has interest at the mid-major level.
30) James Edwards. 6'9 PF 2016 Franklin. Another newcomer to basketball, Edwards had a productive summer and is a slender forward with impressive bounce and a long wingspan. He's athletic, nimble in the paint, and is a promising rebounder and defender, though he's behind the development curve offensively at this point. He's being monitored by several Northwest programs thanks to rapid maturation over the last six months.