Posted On: 12/23/16 9:27 AM
The Metro League Conference is said to be the most competitive league in Washington and one of the best leagues on the entire West Coast. Already filled with tons of Division One talent, this year the league welcomes class of 2017 Michael Porter Jr. who is ranked as the #2 best player in the country and committed to the University of Washington. Porter along with his brothers are attending Nathan Hale High School, coached by the NBA great Brandon Roy. This brings even more excitement to the city of Seattle’s hoop scene.
Rainier Beach: After losing Sam Cunliffe to Arizona State and Keith Smith to Oregon, the defending champs have some big shoes to fill. Junior guard Kevin Porter Jr. is emerging to be one of the best combo guards in the country. With Khalil Shabazz causing havoc defensively and running the show at point guard. Nkeil Nelson also returns after a huge state tournament performance last year, and is ready for a repeat. 2018 center, Nahemie Kabeya is ready to hold the paint down.
Garfield: Looking for revenge, the bulldogs return with sharp shooter Jaylen Nowell, who’s range in unlimited. Nowell has added a little handle to his game, creating more off the dribble. Also returning is high flyer Daejon Davis, with an improved jumper. Rebounding and pushing the break, taking on some point guard duties this season. In the paint returns 2018 J’raan Brooks, ready to take his game to another level this season. Sophomore Jamon Kemp is ready for a bigger role, after putting in a lot of work this past summer.
Nathan Hale: After only winning 3 games last season, help is finally here for the Raiders. At 6’10 Michael Porter Jr. can do it all and he has high intentions on bringing Nathan Hale a state championship this season. Another new face is his brother Jontay Porter, who is class of 2018 and committed to the University of Washington as well. Jontay is a stretch four with a nice stroke and sneaky handle. On the rise is sophomore combo guard PJ Fuller, who’s receiving offers from all around the country. Fuller is a superb athlete, who gets up court quick in transition. Blanchet transfer Keegan Crosby will also have a big role, with his ability to score and rebound. Freshman guard Marjon Beauchamp is one to keep an eye on this season. The Raiders are currently ranked #22 in the country.
Seattle Prep: With their key returners back, Prep is ready to make a run for state. With Seattle U commit Aaron Nettles running the show and UC Irvine commit Collin Welp ready to go out with a bang. Also returning is big man Nic Lynch who has been reeling in looks, holding down the paint.
West Seattle: Seattle U commit Nate Pryor plans on finishing his final year off with a state appearance, with the help from Yusuf Mohamed and his younger brother Abdullahi Mohamed competing at a high level.
Odea: After losing their top scorer Michael Carter to the University of San Francisco. The Irish have a lot of shots to go around this season. With sophomore stand out Noah Williams taking on a bigger role, he intends to display his athleticism by putting some folks on posters this season. Another key returner is senior combo guard Xavier Smith, who is due for a break out season.
Cleveland: The Eagles return after their first state appearance in the last 13 years. With key returner CJ Elleby, the future is bright for the eagles. Jahleel Breland is back and ready for war, along with shooter Fahad Sharif. It’ll be interesting to see who else steps up.
Franklin: Going through a rebuilding stage the Quakers have one of the exciting backcourts in metro, with senior guard Cejay Garrison playing at a high level and 2018 Chicago transfer Marquan Williams leading the way. Also from Chicago is Maurice Barnett, who is a true athlete that can score from anywhere.
Chief Sealth: Junior guard, Isiah Hart is ready to lead his team to some victories. Hart loves to get in the paint for finishes, drawing contact and getting to the line. Senior, Evan Moe looking to have his best year this season. Sadique Calloway is ready for a bigger role this season.
Eastside Catholic: Being one of the sleepers in the league, the crusaders plan on making a run this season. Led by sharp shooter Brock Mackenzie and Garfield transfer O’landa Baker, these two are ready to turn some heads this season.
Blanchet: After losing Keegan Crosby, it’ll be interesting to see who steps up for the Braves.
Lakeside: Omahre Gratton and Max Knight should lead the way for the Lions.
Ballard: Shay Curcuruto should do a lot of scoring, alongside shifty point guard Fresh Ausar.
Bainbridge: The Spartans will need some help this season. Scoring will be an issue this season.
Ingraham: After losing their leading scorer, the rams are searching for someone new to step up.
Roosevelt: A lot of scoring to go around, who will step up for the Rough Riders this season?