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 second installation of our top-30 in the state, regardless of class.
11) Steven Beo. 6'2 PG 2016 Richland. Beo is one of the state's most dangerous scorers, capable of getting white-hot from beyond the arc. Drawing favorable comparisons to Jackson's Brett Kingma, Beo is a solid athlete with good quicks, a solid handle and is a capable point guard, though much more of a shoot-first scorer than traditional distributor. He can get glacially cold from beyond the arc and starts forcing shots as he tries to shoot his way out of poor stretches. He committed to BYU earlier this year, and the Cougars have had considerable success integrating scorers like Beo into their system.
12) Nic Lynch. 6'9 C 2018 Seattle Prep. Players of Lynch's size don't come around very often in the Northwest. He's a hulking, muscular 6-foot-9, with a broad frame and powerful legs. He's strong, and very physical, yet shows promise offensively with his back to the basket with a variety of moves and good touch with both hands. His recruitment is just starting to ramp up.
13) Kevin Porter Jr. 6'4 SG 2018 Rainier Beach. Porter is a smooth shooting guard from Seattle. He's a quality athlete with good quickness and a crafty ball handler who uses an ankle-breaking crossover to gain separation from defenders where he's effective at mid range. He's agile with the ball, and gets to the rim easily where he's a big finisher. He plays with energy, and shows good instincts on the defensive end. He sees the floor well and is an unselfish, instinctive passer. He holds an offer from Montana and has several NW mid-high major programs watching him closely.
14) Roberto Gittens. 6'5 SF. 2017 Foss. The powerfully built Tacoma native is a high rising stat stuffer, effective both inside and out. He's a good athlete, who plays with energy, and he uses his muscular frame, bounce and length to bully taller players in the paint. He's a solid ball handler, and a good mid-range shooter though his three-point shot needs improvement. He was offered by UW after his freshmen season, but has interest from several NW programs.
15) Isiah Brown. 6'0 CG 2016. Lakeside. One of the state's top prep scorers, Brown is a shifty, scoring machine, with good quickness and a mature, confident approach to the court. Though he's highly poised with the ball, he's a pure scorer lacking a point guard's feel as a playmaker, though he does posses a tight handle and is a solid passer. He has committed to play at Northwestern.
16) Naje Smith. 6'6 SF 2018 Lewis and Clark. Smith boasts a blend of size, skill and athleticism that few prospects can match. He's long and bouncy, and an active shotblocker and rebounder, yet agile with the ball. He also has a solid three-point stroke. He is being recruited by several mid-high majors in the Northwest including UW, Gonzaga, Oregon St. and Boise St.
17) Devonte Combs. 6'8. PF 2018 Davis. Combs is a promising post prospect from east of the mountains with good length, athleticism and some skill with his back to the basket. He's bouncy and is a high level rebounder with long arms and good timing as a shot-blocker. He can also face up and connect from outside. His recruitment is just starting to ramp up, though he has mid and high major programs across the Northwest paying attention.
18) Philip Pebble. 6'9 C 2018 Shorecrest. A relative newcomer to basketball, Pebble oozes potential thanks to his strong 6-foot-9 frame, tremendous length and quality athleticism. He's raw offensively, but appears to possess decent instincts and plays with aggressiveness and energy on both ends of the floor. His recruitment is just starting to ramp up but he's definitely a player to keep an eye on.
19) Noah Williams. 6'3 CG 2019 O'Dea. Williams is a wispy combo guard with high level athleticism, pogo stick legs and good length. He's a solid passer and dribbler, with a good mid range stroke as well as from deep. He's one of the top prospects in the region for 2019 and will be recruited at the high major level.
20) Jashon Agosto. 5'11 PG 2016 Garfield. The speedy point guard from Seattle is one of the better athletes in his class. He's super quick, and flies up and down the floor, has a tight handle, sees the floor well getting to the basket with ease. He's an athletic, creative finisher, and uses a superb runner to finish over taller defenders. As a point guard, he shows good vision and instincts with passing skills to match. He's also a pesky defender who plays with a ton of energy. He has an offer from Portland St.