Posted On: 02/12/18 8:25 PM
The 2016-2017 4-A Washington State Player of the year, Cameron Cranston (2018), has been refining his craft at Sunrise Christian Academy after graduating from Union High School in Vancouver, WA.
Cranston has been drawing interest from a number of Division 1 programs including UPenn, Delaware, Montana State, SIUE, Eastern Washington, and Pepperdine.
A starter all season for the nationally ranked Sunrise Christian squad, Cranston says that his overall athleticism has improved the most this year.
“I wanted to get more athletic and this year has transformed my body. I move a lot better on both sides of the ball and got bigger, faster, and stronger.”
Cranston’s on court reputation is well-known and followed him from the great state of Washington down to Kansas but it’s really the intangibles that make him special.
“Every team needs a Cameron Cranston” said Sunrise Christian post-grad coach Achoki Moikobu.
“He’s an elite floor spacer and always finds himself in the right place at the right time on both sides of the ball.”
Cameron opened up about his transition into taking a prep year and described the experience as humbling but a great decision looking back at how it helped him improve his overall game.
For those who know less about Cameron, he describes himself as a smooth, crafty lefty who can shoot from about anywhere on the court. Cameron also prides himself on being fundamentally sound.
This year has helped Cameron see the game through another lense and at another speed as he says he is working on “being more of a threat as a slasher and getting in the paint against high level athletes.”
Cameron has earned the reputation on the prep circuit this year of being a consistent player all year, always a catalyst on offense. He has a season-high 27 points (7-8 3PT) earlier in the year against a nationally ranked foe, Northfield Mt. Hermon at the National Prep Showcase.
Cameron, a coach’s son, draws inspiration from his father, Mike Cranston. Cam says that he looks up to his father on and off of the court and that’s who inspires him to be a better man.
Although Cameron has no solidified Division I offers as of now he wants to be at a school next year that allows him to have a great relationship with the coaching staff and the ability to make an impact immediately on a program.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about Cameron Cranston, it may not be the last as he continues his journey with basketball in hopes of playing professionally overseas someday.