Before we close the book on the 2018-19 Washington high school girls basketball season, former Central Valley girls basketball coach Freddie Rehkow is taking a position by position look at the underclassmen that emerged as stars.
There are dozens of outstanding post players in Washington high school girls basketball. From Eastlake’s Keeli Burton to Sumner’s Catelyn Deaver, here are 6 post players 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.
Please note that there are many more players that could be — and most likely will be — recognized by the start of next basketball season. Many of the players in this list have been seen or already recognized through their performances from this past season. Rehkow will be on the summer basketball trail and watching for next season’s rising stars. If you see him at a camp or tournament, please feel free to drop some names of players to watch. You can also leave a comment below or email Coach Rehkow at email@example.com.
Keeli Burton-Oliver – Junior – Eastlake
Burton-Oliver was an unstoppable force for Eastlake this past season. The 6-3 junior post averaged 24.8 points over a four-game playoff stretch, leading No. 8 Eastlake to the 4A state championship where she was the state tournament MVP. Burton-Oliver has already committed to play for Arizona State.
Dalayah Daniels – Junior – Garfield
Daniels, a 6-3 multi-skilled post, led Garfield to the 3A state semifinals where they nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback against Mt. Spokane. Daniels averaged more than 21 points and 14 rebounds during the regular season, guiding Garfield (23-4) to a league and district championship. One of the top players in the country for the Class of 2020, Daniels has received scholarship offers from every Pac-12 program.
Korin Baker – Junior – Curlew
Baker, a 6-foot post out of the small school ranks, had a major impact this past season. She averaged 23.5 points and 15.7 rebounds for Curlew; don’t be surprised if those numbers go up next season. A player with Baker’s size and ability is an absolute force at the smaller school level. Regardless of school size, Baker is a player.
Avery Watkins – Freshman – Kennedy Catholic
Watkins made some waves as a freshman in the 4A North Puget Sound League. A 6-foot-1-inch post, Watkins averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds this past season while being selected First Team All-NPSL. Putting up those numbers against the likes of Kentridge’s twin towers (Jordyn Jenkins and JaQuaya Miller), you must be doing something very well.
Catelyn Deaver – Freshman – Sumner
A 6-foot post, Deaver averaged 15.2 points and 8.9 rebounds this past season. She was selected to the 4A South Puget Sound League Second Team, a remarkable accomplishment for a freshman. The SPSL is loaded with post talent — including Ella Brubaker and Ciara Gapatan — which will only make Deaver better. Look for even bigger things from her in 2019-2020.
Ella Brubaker – Junior – Curtis
Brubaker, a 6-foot post, helped Curtis reach the round of 16 in the 4A state playoffs. She was a First Team All-SPSL selection as a junior, and should be in the running for league MVP honors next season.