Before we close the book on the 2018-19 Washington high school boys basketball season, we’re taking a position by position look at the underclassmen that emerged as stars.
Every team needs shooters and this list aims to spotlight the best shooters regardless of position. From Mount Si’s Tyler Patterson to Gonzaga Prep’s Liam Lloyd, here are 10 marksmen to keep an eye on. All of the names on this list are freshmen, sophomores or juniors, meaning all of these players are among the ones we’ll be watching entering the 2019-20 season.
John Christofilis, O’Dea (6-4 sophomore)
Battled injuries late in the season so wasn’t able to show his shooting prowess at the state tournament for O’Dea as they won the 3A title. The sweet-shooting wing has many programs on the West Coast recruiting him because of his ability to knock it down from deep.
Tyler Patterson, Mount Si (6-6 junior)
Shooters with size are always in demand. Patterson fits this description to a T. Mount Si surprised many people with a late-season run to to the 4A title game, but they won’t be a surprise next season and Patterson’s shooting is one reason why.
Liam Lloyd, Gonzaga Prep (6-5 junior)
One of the best shooters in the state with good size, he also opened eyes with his all-around play as Gonzaga Prep repeated as 4A state champs. Liam is the son of Gonzaga University assistant coach, Tommy Lloyd, who was also a shooter in his day as a player.
Jace Barrett, Rogers (6-2 junior)
Many coaches across the state mentioned Barrett as a downright scary scouting assignment because when he gets it going it is impressive. A left-hander with a smooth stroke, Barrett was a second-team All-SPSL selection in 2018-19.
Kyle Gruhler, Skyview (6-4 junior)
Gruhler is a shooter with good size who played well with senior point guard Alex Schumacher. The opportunities to expand his game will be there next season, but his shooting ability has been noted by many coaches around state.
Ryan Moffett, Odessa (5-11 junior)
Moffett also made our top returning point guards list, because he’s that good. He does a bit of everything for Odessa but when push comes to shove his best attribute is his ability to shoot it. He can flat out knock it down from deep. Many became aware of this small school product when he scored 48 points at the State B tournament in Spokane.
Luke Dobler, Marysville-Pilchuck (6-1 junior)
Dobler teamed up with RaeQuan Battle to give Marysville-Pilchuck one of the best backcourts in the state this past season. An athletic 6-1 guard with NBA range, Dobler put on a show in the Tomahawks’ regional playoff victory over Kelso, scoring 33 points and splashing seven 3-pointers.
Mason Landdeck, Cashmere (6-0 sophomore)
Landdeck’s combination of ball-handling ability and NBA range makes him a nightmare to guard. He’s a prolific scorer who put up multiple 30-plus point games this past season while leading Cashmere to a 17-7 record and a berth in the 1A state tournament. He will play for Washington Supreme this summer.
Earl Lee III, A.C. Davis, (6-1 junior)
The player of the year in the Columbia Basin Big Nine, Lee can flat out fill it up from downtown. Lee had multiple 30-point games this season, including a 41-point game vs. Eisenhower.
Andrew DeVries, Lynden Christian (6-0 junior)
With Cole Bajema moving on to Michigan, DeVries will become the go-to guy for the Lyncs. He helped lead Lynden Christian to a 56-2 record over the past two seasons, with a state title in 2018 and a fourth-place finish this season. He drained 11 3-pointers and scored 42 points in the Lyncs’ last two games of the 1A state tournament.
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