HILLSBORO, Ore. — Of all the high-flying dunks, deep 3-pointers and other various highlights offered by the Washington high school all-star team in last month’s Northwest Shootout, the play that blew away Brock Ravet most was done by his soon-to-be teammate.
“When Anton (Watson) dunked on that dude,” Ravet, a Gonzaga commit from Kittitas High School, said. “Everyone in the gym went crazy. I can’t even describe it. I was running back and I was like looking in the crowd, everyone was jumping around.
“I don’t usually play with dudes like that, you know what I mean. That’s more like something you would see on Ballislife or something. That was crazy.”
Perhaps most exciting for Ravet is the prospect that playing alongside Watson, a fellow Gonzaga commit and Washington’s Mr. Basketball, offered a sign of what’s to come.
Ravet, who became the all-time leading Washington high school scorer this past season, relished the opportunity to play with Watson. Though both Ravet and Watson spent the past few years dominating Washington high school basketball — Watson at 4A Gonzaga Prep, where he was a two-time state champ and Ravet’s run of three 2B state titles at Kittitas — the two hadn’t interacted much before the Northwest Shootout.
“I got to know Anton a lot this weekend,” Ravet said. “I’d never really talked to him before, but he’s a really cool dude.”
For Ravet, it was another reason to get excited about his freshman year at Gonzaga, as a member of the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class, per 247 Sports.
Ravet — a three-star recruit, per 247 Sports — took his official visit to Gonzaga with Drew Timme, a 6-foot-10, four-star power forward from Texas. The two hit it off, and will be rooming together, Ravet said.
Ravet says his daily routine features after school workouts with former Kittitas teammate Bailey Gibson. Per instruction from the Gonzaga coaching staff, he’s spending the most time working catch-and-shoots, mid-range shooting and floaters.
He’s also spending time with a “Vertimax” machine, a platform with resistance cables popular with some basketball players to improve athleticism and quickness. He hopes it helps him on defense, which he anticipates will be his biggest challenge adjusting to the high-major Division I level.
It’s unclear exactly who will return for Gonzaga, as five underclassmen have declared for the NBA Draft with the option of coming back to school next season, which further extends doubt on Ravet’s role next season. Ravet said while he sees the blog world and people on social media say he’s a likely redshirt candidate, he’s keeping an open mind.
Regardless, Ravet notes, members of the 2019 recruiting class have talked about being a part of something special.
“There’s a lot of talk,” Ravet said. “We have the fourth-best chance in Vegas of winning the national championship (10-1). Hopefully we can do it.”