* CLASS 3A BOYS
Thursday-Saturday, Tacoma Dome
F Shaqquan Aaron, Rainier Beach, 6-8, senior
So versatile, can cover all five positions.
F Alphonso Anderson, Wilson, 6-6, sophomore
Someday will bust out as city’s next star.
G David Crisp, Rainier Beach, 6-0, senior
Unlimited range, don’t leave this guy open
G Kyle Foreman, Bellevue, 6-1, junior
Can play fast, slow and is very, very smart
G Mandrell Worthy, Eastside Catholic, 6-3, junior
So smooth, sometimes you just don’t notice him.
1, Rainier Beach (26-0): They’ve got stars everywhere, so if the Metro League powerhouses get off nights from the likes of Lousiville-bound forward Shaqquan Aaron (22.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) or point guard David Crisp (21.0 ppg, 5.0 apg), a UW signee, they usually don’t see much dropoff. The two-time defending 3A champions have such flexibility in personnel, they can mix and match to find a matchup advantage.
2, Bellevue (22-3): The last time the Wolverines visited the state tournament, they were the 3A runners-up to Lakes in 2011. Widely regarded as the best threat to Rainier Beach, they have all the pieces to make a championship run – a steady point guard in Kyle Foreman (12.0 ppg, 6.0 apg), the KingCo MVP, two athletic perimeter scorers in Vunther Klimes and Sharif Khan, and a bulky post player who makes free throws in Jack Walton.
3, Eastside Catholic (21-6): High octane, particularly from the 3-point line. Guard Mandrell Worthy (17.0 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.0 rpg) makes it all go, scoring from the perimeter or getting to the basket. Never mind the Crusaders’ last state berth was 1999 – they are battle-tested from playing in the Metro League, and can hang with any of the tournament contenders.
4, Stanwood (23-1): The kings of the play a calculated, efficient brand of basketball. Guard Josh Thayer (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 spg) knows exactly how to run the high-low offense, either by attacking or kicking to post players Drew Stang (16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Skout Roberson for perimeter shots. The Spartans throw a lot at teams, including the kitchen sink.
5, Wilson (22-3): The hometown hopefuls are on a mission. When forward Alphonso Anderson (13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) touches the ball, it opens up the Rams’ high-scoring offense, particularly for guard David Jenkins (15.0 ppg) or point guard Ivy Smith Jr. (11.0 ppg., 5.0 apg). The co-3A Narrows champions have the talent and confidence to win it all.
6, O’Dea (17-10): You don’t get to say this much about a school that has won five 3A titles, but the Irish have overachieved to reach this point. And its late-season run has been dictated by swarming defense, led by point guard Quin Benard (11.9 ppg) and center Jacob Lampkin (11.8 ppg). It needs to continue because team struggles to score.
7, University (15-9): Life without former Greater Spokane League MVP Brett Bailey (now at San Diego) was rocky in the beginning, but the Titans have found different ways to win big ballgames in clinching their third consecutive state-tournament berth. Guard Michael Isotalo (13.1 ppg) and forward Robert Little (10.6 ppg) pave the way.
8, Shadle Park (10-13): It’s the Highlanders fourth state-tournament trip in seven years – but easily their most difficult opening game facing Rainier Beach. They’ve just never found a groove offensively. Junior forward George Pilimai (12.1 ppg) has been their most consistent threat. Shadle Park won the 4A title over Garfield in 1990.
G1: Wilson vs. O’Dea, 9 a.m.
G2: Eastside Catholic vs. University, 10:30 a.m.
G3: Stanwood vs. Bellevue, 12:15 p.m.
G4: Shadle Park vs. Rainier Beach, 2 p.m.
G5: Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 9 a.m.
G6: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, 10:30 a.m.
G7: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 3:45 p.m.
G8: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 5:30 p.m.
Fourth, sixth-place game
G9: Winner 5 vs. Winner 6, 8 a.m.
Third, fifth-place game
G10: Loser 7 vs. Loser 8, 11:15 a.m.
G11: Winner 7 vs. Winner 8, 7 p.m.