Now that a couple weeks of games are in the books, we know a little bit about the shape of the boys basketball landscape. Here are a few early-season observations.
(Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive look. I have not seen every team play. Not even close. Some observations are from talking with coaches, those around the basketball scene.)
– The Metro is as good as advertised. The top of the league (Rainier Beach, Eastside Catholic and Garfield) has legit stars and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see them at the Tacoma Dome. Of those three, I have admittedly only seen Garfield. The Bulldogs didn’t play very well, but still managed to beat a good Seattle Prep team. The trio of Jashaun Agosto, Jaylen Nowell and Alphonso Anderson plays well together. Fun team to watch.
Speaking of Seattle Prep, the Panthers, despite having a dreadful night on Tuesday against Garfield, have a solid team.
The surprise team of the league could be Roosevelt. The Roughriders have a senior-laden team, but not much experience. Centered around a bona fide stud in Cameron Haslam, Roosevelt’s style will give some Metro teams fits.
– I wrote about him earlier, but Issaquah’s Ty Gibson is a star. He’s averaging 26.3 points per game in three contests and nearly had a quadruple-double in a win over Mount Si on Tuesday. He might have, too, if he wasn’t pulled with five minutes left. Issaquah is much more than Gibson, which makes it a title contender, but the senior is certainly a top-tier talent.
– Federal Way is handling the loss of Malik Montoya to injury just fine so far. The 5-0 Eagles start league play again with a contest against 5-1 Jefferson, which should be a good game (anyone know Federal Way’s plans for break?).
Jefferson, by the way, has a 3-point shooter that has impressed through six games. Will Osborn is 16 for 31 (51.6 percent).