Dawgman.com’s Aaron Beach has the lowdown on the top in-state players for the next three classes.
On Monday, Beach broke down the 2017 class: now up are the next two classes.
Kevin Porter Jr. 6’5” 2018 SG Seattle Rotary. Porter is one of the most improved players in the Northwest, and his stock is rising quickly as a result. The biggest improvement has come athletically, as his leaping ability has caught up with his mature, well-built frame. The Rainer Beach star now looks to emphatically flush the ball with every opportunity. Possessing solid quickness and a tight handle, Porter delivers an ankle-breaking crossover typical of Beach players, and excels at creating off the dribble. He is a quality shooter from mid-range expanding well beyond the three-point arc, and is a high level passer as well. His emotional maturity needs improvement as he has a reputation as a bit of a hot head: however, he’s one of the top wings in the West for 2018. He lists Washington as his dream school and they’re the heavy favorite, and he holds offers from UW and Montana, and interest from Gonzaga, Cal and Boise State.
J'Raan Brooks 6’8” 2018 PF. Dream Vision. The long-armed forward from Seattle holds immense potential in the front court at the high-major level. He’s an above average athlete, a tough, yet smooth post player who doesn’t shy away from handling the dirty work in paint. He’s a smart player, unselfish and an excellent passer for a player who plays predominantly near the hoop with developing post moves and a quality turn-around jumper. He can also step out and knock down an outside jump shot. Brooks currently holds an offer from UW and considerable interest across the Pac-12, as well as Kansas and Notre Dame.
Nic Lynch 6’9” 2018 C FOH LaVine. Players with Lynch’s body don’t come around very often in the Northwest. He’s powerfully built, with broad, muscular shoulders which projects into excellent long term physical potential. As you’d expect for a player with his stature, Lynch is quite physical controlling the paint: however, he’s surprisingly skilled with the ball in his hands down low, particularly over his right shoulder. He’s a solid athlete, with good footwork and a developing mid-range jumper. He’s got mid-to-high major programs in the NW monitoring his development.
Emmitt Mathews 6’7” W Washington Supreme 16U. The lanky wing from Tacoma has flown under the radar thus far though he has caught the eye of several Northwest programs. He’s a smooth athlete with tremendous length and significant upside who gets to the rim easily to finish with authority, while also getting hot from deep. He’s a quality ball handler, particularly in transition, where he covers a lot of ground, and possesses quality play-making instincts. He needs to get stronger but his upside is undeniable. The sophomore from Wilson holds offers from Boise St and Montana and has interest from UW.
Naje Smith 6’6” W Smith is a long, perimeter oriented wing from Spokane boasting quality ball handling and passing skills. He’s a natural athlete, with quick feet, lots of bounce and a steady three-point shooter despite a low release on his shot. He defends with energy and has excellent lateral quickness, but tends to shy away from contact in the paint despite his significant size and athletic advantage. He has high-major interest including UW, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Boise State.
Philip Pebble 6’7” PF Seattle Rotary. The powerfully-built forward is new to the college basketball court, but boasts excellent long-term upside. He’s raw offensively, mostly limited to put backs off the glass and alley-oops from teammates, but has good hands and solid instincts when he has the ball. He’s a high level athlete with big-time bounce and excellent timing as a shot-blocker. Pebble has potential as a mid-major power forward depending on how his game matures.
Freddie Roberson 6’2” PG Rotary 16U. Roberson is an emerging combo guard prospect from Seattle’s Rainier Beach. He’s speedy, with a slick, secure dribble who shows good vision and passing ability. He possesses an athletic frame with long arms and huge hands, and is a quality athlete and emphatic finisher in traffic. He also shoots a quality three-point ball. Recruiting is just ramping up for Roberson, but he should be recruited at the mid-high major level.
Cameron Tyson 6’2” SG NW Panthers. Tyson is a high scoring shooting guard from Bothell with a reputation for putting up buckets in a hurry. He’s a slippery penetrator, changing speeds to get to the rack where he’s a soft finisher. He’s an inconsistent three-point shooter, but has deep range and is deadly when he gets hot from outside. He’s a solid athlete and good passer but needs to improve his handle as he lacks a point guard’s instincts. Tyson has developing interest at the mid-major level.
Erik Stevenson 6’4” SG Washington Supreme 16U. Stevenson, from Timberline High School in Lacey, is an active, opportunistic scorer who earns opportunities through his energy and hustle. He’s a good three-point shooter, streaky, but can get red hot. He is also creative with the ball, though he can be out of control at times. He’s a solid athlete, with a good frame who will mix it up in the paint, possessing solid handle and crafty passing skills. Stevenson’s recruitment is just ramping up.
CJ Elleby 6’6” W Seattle Rotary. The lefty from Seattle possesses excellent size for his position, with room to grow. He’s built lean, with broad shoulders. Elleby has good quickness and a quality first step attacking the rack. He’s an excellent shooter despite a flat jump shot, and he gets to the basket easily, though just an average leaper at this point. He’s also effective in the paint, particularly on the offensive glass. Elleby is one of the better looking 2018 wings in the Northwest, who should draw mid-major or better long-term interest.
Devonte Combs 6’8” PF 2018. The under-the-radar post prospect from Yakima shows promise in the front court. He’s long and athletic and a physical presence with skill in the paint, particularly on the defense end where he boasts excellent instincts as a shot blocker and rebounder. Combs’s recruiting is just ramping up.
P.J. Fuller 6’3” G Seattle Rotary. Fuller is one of the top prospects on the West Coast for 2019. He’s an elite leaper and smooth penetrator, catching big air and dunking with panache, yet is also a suave ball handler with exceptional vision and pin-point passing ability. He’s a high level shooter, creative with the ball in his hand, easily gaining separation and creating his own shot. Fuller holds an offer from Washington and has interest from most of the Pac-12.
Noah Williams 6’4” G Rotary 16U. The talented baby-faced combo guard from Seattle’s O’Dea high school is blessed with a tremendous wingspan which manifests itself in many ways. He’s a slippery athlete, getting to the rim with ease, with high level ball and passing skill and a steady three point stroke. He has immense long term upside and already holds an offer from Washington.
Jamon Kemp 6’4” W Rotary 16U. The progeny of former NBA Superstar Shawn Kemp, Jamon is an athletic wing from Garfield. He’s still growing, with a lean body and possessing great length. Kemp is an attacking wing with good burst and a solid handle. He shoots a high-arcing three-point ball which connects with more consistency now. He’s also an active defender. Kemp is currently receiving mid—to-high major recruiting attention.
Daeshawn Wayne 5’10” PG Washington Supreme 16U. Another talented player from Tacoma, Wayne is a scrappy point guard prospect who plays with immense energy and hustle. He’s on the small side at just 5-foot-10, but he stands out thanks to his effort, quickness and unselfish play. As you might expect, he’s agile and unpredictable, knifing through the lane where he plows through contact. He’s got a quality three point stroke, and can connect from mid range as well. Wayne has several Northwest programs paying attention.