Here are The Seattle Times’ All-State boys teams (first and second) for the 2008-09 season. A lot of time and effort went into the selections and there was a fair amount of debate about at least one of those first-team spots. Other deserving players wound up on the top-10 bubble, guys who might have made it in a different year. Washington was loaded with talent this past season, as you no-doubt know if you’re reading this.
We felt Peyton Siva was the hands-down state Player of the Year, regardless of classification. You can read more about him later today in a story by Tom Wyrwich, who spearheaded the selection process for the boys teams.
The All-State girls teams will be posted a bit later this afternoon.
Peyton Siva, Franklin, 6-1, Sr., G, 18.1
Seattle’s first McDonald’s All-American in three years led Quakers to title.
Joshua Smith, Kentwood, 6-9, Jr., F, 24.3
Rivals.com’s No. 1 junior in the country scored 30 or more in seven different games.
Abdul Gaddy, Bellarmine Prep, 6-3, Sr., G, 23.2
UW recruit is one of the country’s top guards and a McDonald’s All-American
Anthony Brown, Shadle Park, 6-5, Sr., G/F, 16.9
Rangy Wazzu signee has the versatility to play inside and out.
Steven Bjornstad, Columbia River, 6-10, Sr., F, 15.9
Big man, averaging 4.6 blocks per game, led Chieftains to the 3A title game.
Gary Bell, Kentridge, 6-1, So., G, 18.9
At the state tournament, smooth point guard showed why Romar’s on his trail.
Aaron Bright, Bellevue, 5-10, Jr., G, 16.5
Sharpshooter showed incredible improvement at point guard.
Cole Dickerson, Federal Way, 6-7, Jr., F, 17.5
Class 4A champs’ leading scorer has an array of quality post moves.
Tony Wroten Jr., Garfield, 6-5, So., G, 18.6
The versatile blue-chip recruit led Bulldogs to the KingCo 4A title.
Chris Holmes, Franklin, 6-3, Sr., G/F, 12.6
Eastern Washington signee could score 20 a night if he wasn’t on such a deep team.
Overall Player of the Year: Peyton Siva, Franklin
State Player and Coach honors, by classification:
Player Class Coach
Abdul Gaddy, Bellarmine Prep 4A Dave Jamison, Kentridge
Peyton Siva, Franklin 3A Jason Kerr, Franklin
Keith Stackhouse, Squalicum 2A Dave Dickson, Squalicum
Joe Harris, Chelan 1A Andy Sears, Vashon Island
Chase Ramey, NW Christian 2B Ray Ricks, NW Christian
Riggs Yarbro, Moses Lake Christian 1B Joe Perez, Tri-Cities Prep