Ready to jump in to basketball season? I’m ready. The end of football season was a lot of fun, but I’m excited to trade the cold fields for the warm gyms.
The boys preseason rankings and all-state team will be released early this week (as well as for the girls). Let’s look at some early storylines.
Before we do, Ingraham coach Marques Chinn will be honored prior to the Rams’ game against Shorewod tonight for being named Coach Ambassador of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association (PNBOA). Bill Liley of Eastside Catholic was recognized for the same award last season. All are welcome to join tonight’s celebration.
Now, on to those storylines.
– Can Rainier Beach three-peat? The Vikings have as talented a team as they’ve had, and the experience to go with it, as six players return from last year’s team. Rainier Beach opens its season at Ingraham on Tuesday.
– Who will challenge Rainier Beach in the Metro League? O’Dea has looked good early. The Irish don’t just have Pacific commit Jacob Lampkin, but also talented wing Jamie Orme and Tyler Kidd. Hey, and O’dea even has a Kemp (Jamar Kemp). Don’t count Seattle Prep out, though. Prep has a younger squad this season, but is talented enough to make a run.
– Is KingCo 4A Garfield’s to lose? Garfield certainly is a favorite, but it won’t be a cakewalk. Although the Bulldogs already beat Issaquah, 57-52, the Eagles should challenge for the league title. Newport should also contend.