Posted On: 02/11/19 6:10 PM
The snow has forced countless cancellations for playoff games throughout the state and the snow appears to be showing no signs of slowing down in some areas. In the meantime, fans are anxiously talking about basketball still. The Prep Hoops staff is also anxious for playoff games to get rolling, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to get some good discussion rolling. Who would be your super starting five in high school basketball? This would mean to create your ultimate Washington team at each position, regardless of class. Here is one of the absolute best lineups Washington could offer:
PG: 2019 Brock Ravet, 6’1, Kittitas HS- The state’s career scoring record holder can do a little bit of everything! On a team like this, he would not be expected to score 30 points per game, but he is fully capable. If you actually watch Brock Ravet play, it does not take long to see his high basketball IQ and ability to throw passes on the money. He probably wouldn’t need to do much rebounding with all the size on this roster, but he crashes the rebounds hard for a 6’1 guard. Overall, his unseflish playing style would be a perfect fit for this dream roster. *Gonzaga University signee
SG: 2020 Marjon Beauchamp, 6’6, Rainier Beach HS- Marjon is one of the top juniors in the country and would provide a three point shooting presence, as well as a fine ability to score as a slasher. He is very long and can get his own shot off. On a loaded team like this, he would get a lot more open looks and easy scoring opportunities in transition. His versatility matches right up with the rest of the roster. *Uncommitted junior
SF: 2019 Jaden McDaniels, 6’10, Federal Way HS- Yes, the tallest player on the roster can play the small forward position. Jaden is a true perimeter threat at 6’10, possessing a slick handle and all of the advanced footwork to get his own shot off. He is a big time shot blocking presence inside the paint and on the perimeter guarding smaller players. He has the foot speed and length to easily guard most threes in the country. *Kentucky, UW, SDSU and Texas in final 4
PF: 2019 Anton Watson, 6’8, Gonzaga Prep- Anton is a super talent that is willing to do the dirty work. He will blocks shots, rebound, dive for loose balls, run the floor and finish on the break. He is a mixture of finesse and power. He can guard multiple positions on the inside and outside, which makes him even more valuable. The projected 2020 first round NBA Draft selection would be a lock for Washington’s dream 5! *Signed to Gonzaga university
C: 2021 Paolo Banchero, 6’9, O’Dea HS- The youngest of the crew, but his talent is right there with anyone. Paolo is yet another versatile forward with an inside-out game. He moves his feet well hedging on ball screens, similar to Watson and McDaniels and he has a strong body to hold his positioning in the post. He is an above average three point shooter and has added the fadeaway to his list of moves to score the basketball. As a top 5 player nationally, Paolo has a handful of Division 1 offers already on the table. *Uncommitted sophomore
That is my dream starting five for Washington, now create yours and let us know who would make the cut! Would your five be the same or what changes would you make and why?! Tweet @PrepHoopsWA and @SniperKwam and let’s get some discussion going!