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Posted On: 12/13/17 1:16 PM
With the season in fall swing. There are some players who have been on fire in the first 2 weeks of the season. These players have earned the increase in stock and notoriety. Some of these guys are a no brainer but there a couple of sleepers on this list. These guys have been in the gym ALL SUMMER LONG preparing for this moment. Lets take a look at the notables who are some of the most talked about around the state of Washington.
Morton White/Pass – Matthew Poquette
Matt is a very good ball handler for his size, who loves pushing the break, getting to the rim, finishing with rim rockers. He has elite court vision and facilitates at a high level. Matt has a smooth jump shot, which he has worked hard to master but mixes it up pretty good on the floor. He is small forward by skill set but can also step out and play some wing. I think if he can really take his 3 point shot to the next level he can begin to get some high D1 interest.
Lewis and Clark High School – Griffin Effenberger
Griffin is one of the most underrated guards in the state of Washington. He is long, athletic and has the ability to handle the ball against small guards. In some of his more recent tournament play he has shown that he can also knock down tough shots in tough situations. With an increasing skill-set and a great coaching staff at his disposal he will continue to build on his abilities.
Franklin High School – Marcus Barnett
Barnett does everything for the Quakers, from scoring to guarding the opposing post players. He has an extreme work ethic and can rebound at a high level. He attacks the hoop hard every time, looking to get poster finishes at the rim. He’s one of the main reasons the Quakers are getting wins this season, averaging 20.7 points per game.
He is a thick-bodied wing player who can really shoot the basketball from 3-point range. He uses his strength to his advantage to keep defenders away from the dribble. He is a physical kid who possesses a very nice touch from distance. A very active wing player who plays with a high motor and good athleticism. He has a versatile skill set and knock down shooting range from beyond the 3-point line. He was very good at making transition 3-pointers off the catch. Very impressive.
O’Dea High School – Paolo Banchero
When you think of the average 14 year old kid. You don’t think of somebody already 6’7 and about 200 pounds. Well this isn’t the average kids and he doesn’t have just average skill. This young man displays excellent footwork, a fierce competitive attitude, aggressive on both end of the court and a humble demeanor. Anybody who has had the chance to see this young man will say the same thing.
Odessa High School – Ryan Moffett
Moffet is a very good offensive player off the ball. He’s able to navigate the floor to find open shots to add to his repertoire. He’s also a decent ball handler that can finish at the hoop in multiple different ways. His intensity at the beginning of this season has been out of this world. I think he feels this is his year to shake up the rankings and slide his name into the top 25. He has been on a tear scoring 29 points in his last game. He is definitely a D1 prospect and his game will only get better. His ceiling is extremely high.