Posted On: 01/16/19 8:58 AM
(There are seniors in this article but only because they are paired with their junior teammates. Players classes are mentioned next to their name along with height and position.)
Rainer Beach: Marjon Beauchamp 6’6 SG/SF. Jr. & Jamon Kemp 6’6 SF. Sr.
You could mix and match a handful of players from this years Rainier Beach team to make some impressive pairs. But Marjon and Jamon are this years stars for the 14th ranked Vikings. This is a classic offensive and defensive wing tandem that compliment each other very well. You will be hard pressed to find a more athletic wing duo.
Beauchamp is an elite iso scorer who can shoot with range. Despite averaging just under 20 ppg, Marjon hasn’t had an explosive outing we all know he is capable of. He has NBA potential and still has plenty of room to time to fill out his 6’6 wiry frame. Beauchamp is currently ranked 28th in the country. (According to ESPNU 100)
Jamon is a superior athlete who can guard any and all positions on the court. Because of his 6’6 frame and much improved three-point shot, Kemp can cause mismatches on the offensive end. Kemp excels in transition where he can turn defense into offense.
Nobody in the state has been able to match up with Beach and their deadly duo. Even if you do manage to slow them down, you have a whole crew of Beach Boyz ready to pick up where they left off. Rainier Beach will be competing in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri where they play Sunrise Christian on January 17th.
MT. Si: Jabe Mullins 6’6 SG/PG. Jr & Tyler Patterson 6’7 SF. Jr.
Mt. Si could be a sleeper pick in 4A to knock off some top teams in the state tournament. The Wildcats are 14-2 and 10-0 in Kingco. Their 2 loses came against a Ferris in the season opener which went into overtime. And an out of state loss to the nations top point guard Nico Mannion and Pinnacle high school.
Jabe Mullins is a 6’6 combo guard who just eclipsed the 1,000 point mark. The sharpshooting Mullins can make you pay from outside or he can put the ball down and maneuver his way to the paint. His height at the point guard position makes it almost unfair for the opposition.
When you think 3&D (three point shooter and defensive specialist) players, Tyler Patterson is the ideal prospect. Patterson is one of the top shooters in the state because his ability to exploit openings in the midrange. But the best part about Pattersons game might be his defensive prowess. Tylers has quick hands and quick feet to compliment his 6’7 athletic frame.
Jabe and Tyler have been teammates since grade school and it is easy to tell with their on the court chemistry. Both Mullins and Patterson are receiving D1 interest from Montana, Alabama, Eastern Washington, along with others. While this duo may not have the athletic ability some other teams do, their height, skillset and long time chemistry allow them to compete with the best.
Roosevelt: Maui Sze 6’0 PG. Jr. & Kyle Luttinen 6’6 SF. Sr
Roosevelt is still trying to find its stride this season. The Roughrider rely on heavily on Maui and Kyle to produce points and lead the the team emotionally. If Roosevelt can win out, including a home game against an up and down O’Dea team, they could find themselves in solid position for playoffs.
Maui Sze doesn’t get talked about enough. Maui is a pure point guard with DEEP range and big confidence. He is capable of making big plays in key moments but you can always count on him making the right play. Though his ppg average is down just a bit from last season, his assist are up to over six per contest. Maui has always shined on the big stage and isn’t afraid of any moment.
Kyle is a lengthy shooter who has taken a large step forward in his all around offensive game this season. His finishing at the rim has improved, along with his consistency on his jumper shot. At 6’6, Luttinen is in that group of top tier wing scorers.
Coming into the season it seems like Kyle has taken on the #1 scoring option, while Sze has been the floor general and facilitator. Sze has had some big scoring games including 31 points early this season against Lakeside. With the final stretch of the regular season approaching, the Roughrider duo will need to be in full effect to keep Roosevelts postseason hopes alive.
Puyallup: Kendall Munson 6’8 SF/PF. Jr. & Jaeden Ingram 6’1 PG/SG. Sr.
Puyallup recently claimed the top spot in the SPSL with a big win over #2 (in SPSL) Olympia. Puyallup was boosted by Munson’s midseason transfer from California. The Vikings have a special team, having 4 players 6’8 or taller. Including Zane Foster who is 7’0.
Kendall is coming off a major knee injury just over a year ago and joined a team/school that is loaded at his position. His impact since arriving has been drastic. Munson made his debut just after a lose to Rogers and the Vikings have only lost once since. His physicality in the paint and soft touch has given them consistent post offense.
Jaeden is a combo guard who can play some point guard but is most comfortable playing off ball. Ingram loves getting out in transition where he can get to the rim or throw the lob to one of his trailing big men. In the half court, Ingram is a consistent shooter from three which opens up driving lanes for him to exploit.
Munson and Ingram give Puyallup athleticism and versatility on both sides of the ball. While they still are trying to figure somethings out, you can see these two are starting to click at the right time of the season. With a BIG matchup against SPSL contender Curtis coming up on January 17th, this will be a big test for the Vikings as they try to position themselves for playoffs and a state tournament run.