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December 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Boys basketball players to keep an eye on

I’ve been getting some negative feedback after releasing my preseason all-state teams. “How can you not have included [insert name]?” I understand. There are a lot of great players in the state and only 10 spots to fill in the all-state teams.

Did I miss on some? Perhaps. In hopes of not opening Pandora’s box, I’m going to highlight some additional players that were not included. These are players that I believe have a good shot at being on the all-state team at the end of the season.

I’ve scoured early-season results, looked at last season’s performances, listened to people and read emails. If you feel like I’ve missed, yet again, feel free to send me an email ( or send me a Tweet (@jlieb24). I’ll be happy to listen.

KingCo (4A, 3A, 2A)

Tony Miller: The Woodinville sophomore has already had two 30-point scoring nights this season and is averaging 25.7 points per game.

Kellen Birdsall: The senior has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries and is finally able to show his talent. Birdsall is averaging 28.0 points per game through three games this season for Liberty.

Jashaun Agosto: An explosive athlete, the Garfield sophomore has had the spotlight on him for years and is proving it shouldn’t leave.

Trey Miller: A good scoring forward, the senior’s play should help Inglemoor in a challenging KingCo.

William Luckett: It helps to have size at the high school level and Luckett provides that for Inglemoor. The junior teams with Miller (above) to create a tall frontcourt.



Isiah Brown: The sophomore guard will have to take on a greater scoring load at Lakeside with the departure of Tramaine Isabell to Garfield. Brown, who has already been offered by Washington, according to, is more than capable.

David Crisp: Crisp transferred from Clover Park this year and has joined a talented Rainier Beach team. Crisp, a 6-foot guard for Rainier Beach, has reportedly attracted attention from the likes Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Gonzaga.

Elijah Foster: A force down low, the 6-foot-7 Foster is a key inside for Rainier Beach. Despite being on a talent-laden team, Foster will have an opportunity to stand out with his play in the paint.

Djuan Piper: Yes, another Rainier Beach player. The team has that much talent. Piper has garnered interest from Pac-12 schools and is a talent on both ends of the court. The 6-foot-5 wing was a key part of last season’s championship team.

Keith Smith: Only a sophomore, Smith teams with Eugene Artison at Franklin. The 6-foot-5 guard has already been offered by Washington.

Matisse Thybulle: The Skyline transfer was recently offered by Cal Poly and appears to fit in well with Eastside Catholic.


Derek Brown: A pure scorer, Brown netted 49 points in a game last season and led the SPSL in scoring. The Auburn Riverside guard is averaging 27.5 points per game through four games this season and has two 30-point games already.

Jawan Stepney: An electric athlete with a good jump shot, Stepney has fantastic court vision.

Bogdon Bliznyuk: The 6-foot-5 forward was a First-Team SPSL South selection a year ago and hasn’t disappointed this fall, averaging 25.7 points through three games.

Coleman Wooten: The reigning SPSL 4A MVP, Wooten helped Tahoma to its first league championship last season. The senior is averaging 25 points per game through three contests this season.


Greg Bowman: The Mountlake Terrace big man is averaging 21.7 points per game through three games and is poised for a big season in Wesco.

Dan Kingma: The Jackson point guard has a good basketball pedigree in his and recently announced he would walk-on to the Washington basketball team next year.


Dominic Green: A tall guard for Hazen, Green is averaging 20.3 points, six assists, seven rebounds and four steals a game. Has interest from Gonzaga, Boise State, Idaho and West Virginia.

Anthony Phillips: The 6-foot-9 center is averaging 17 rebounds a game for Hazen and has drawn interest from a few Big Sky teams.

Around the state

Adam Chamberlain: A First-Team Greater Spokane League pick a season ago, Chamberlain is poised to take Central Valley on a run to the state tournament.

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