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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

December 22, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Young talent everywhere

He might not be 40, but Josh Smith is a man. Beneath the boyish face of a high-school sophomore is the hulking frame of a powerhouse forward in this state for years to come.

After he scored 28 seemingly effortless points last night against Lakes’ Kavario Middleton to lead Kentwood past the Lancers, our second-ranked team in Class 3A, Smith’s coach had a reminder about the big man.

“He’s only beginning the role he’s going to have in the next couple of years for us,” Kentwood coach Michael Angelidis said.

If this is only the beginning, I can’t wait to see the end (by the way, he’s expected to grow to around 6-11).

The more I think about it, this state is teeming with young talent. The future of basketball here seems sound (no pun intended) for quite a few years. Just take this into account:

-Three of the state’s top guards, Franklin’s Peyton Siva and Bellarmine Prep’s Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley, are juniors.

-Look at the overall rotation for second-ranked Franklin, and there isn’t a single senior.

-Bellevue has won seven straight without junior Alex Schrempf in big part because sophomore Aaron Bright — a transfer from Issaquah — is averaging 19.5 points, and junior Colton Christian — a transfer from O’Dea — is averaging 14.9 points.

-Jackson freshman Brett Kingma, brother of Kristi Kingma, is averaging 15.6 points per game.

-And how about Garfield freshman Tony Wroten, whom Hoopscoop.com has rated as the nation’s top freshman. Wroten upped his average to 22.5 points per game with 27 last night against Franklin (Ore.). I saw him in the opener against Franklin and then later against Inglemoor, and how much he has adjusted to playing within the team was obvious. Suddenly, Garfield’s a team to look out for, having won six straight.

Continue reading for the morning stars and tonight’s top games..

He might not be 40, but Josh Smith is a man.

Beneath the boyish face of a high-school sophomore is the hulking frame of a powerhouse forward in this state for years to come.

After he scored 28 seemingly effortless points last night against Lakes’ Kavario Middleton to lead Kentwood past the Lancers, our second-ranked team in Class 3A, Smith’s coach had a reminder about the big man.

“He’s only beginning the role he’s going to have in the next couple of years for us,” Kentwood coach Michael Angelidis said.

If this is only the beginning, I can’t wait to see the end (by the way, he’s expected to grow to around 6-11).

The more I think about it, this state is teeming with young talent. The future of basketball here seems sound (no pun intended) for quite a few years. Just take this into account:

-Three of the state’s top guards, Franklin’s Peyton Siva and Bellarmine Prep’s Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley, are juniors.

-Look at overall rotation for second-ranked Franklin, and there isn’t a single senior.

-Bellevue has won seven straight without junior Alex Schrempf in big part because sophomore Aaron Bright — a transfer from Issaquah — is averaging 19.5 points, and junior Colton Christian — a transfer from O’Dea — is averaging 14.9 points.

-Jackson freshman Brett Kingma, brother of Kristi Kingma, is averaging 15.6 points per game.

-And the best of them all might be Garfield freshman Tony Wroten, whom Hoopscoop.com has rated as the nation’s top freshman. Wroten upped his average to 22.5 points per game with 27 last night against Franklin (Ore.). I saw him in the opener against Franklin and then later against Inglemoor, and how much he has adjusted to playing within the team was obvious. Suddenly, Garfield’s a team to look out for, having won six straight.

Continue reading for the morning stars and tonight’s top games..

Morning stars

1. Katiue Grad, Auburn Riverside, girls basketball. Scored a school-record 37 points, but it wasn’t enough for Auburn Riverside in a loss in the Nike Tournament of Champions.

2. Josh Smith, Kentwood, boys basketball. Just a coverage nightmare for any team, even one with a great post like Lakes.

3. Marcisa McMillan, Lindbergh, girls basketball. Had a triple-double — 25 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocked shots — in a win against Bonney Lake.

4. Kristi Kingma, Jackson, girls basketball. Scored 27 points in a win against Lynnwood.

5. Tony Wroten, Garfield, boys basketball. Kept Garfield’s run going with 27 against Franklin of Oregon, and these Bulldogs seem like they’re improving each game.

Tonight’s top games

Rainier Beach vs. Richland (La.), boys basketball, 8:30 p.m., San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Vikings have rolled through the Mission Prep Christmas Classic, and they look to win the championship tonight.

Bellevue vs. Friendship Collegiate Academy, 8:30 p.m., Lahaina, Hawaii. Impressive run in this tournament for the Wolverines, and they could come home tomorrow with the Maui Christmas Classic trophy.

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