With the Washington High School State Championship scheduled to be played tomorrow night, it's only fitting that we look back at the tremendous talent that has come out of the great Pacific Northwest.
At one time in the not-too-distant past, it was abnormal for a Washington product to garner national attention. Nowadays it seems to be fairly common to see talent from the Evergreen State recruited to Top 25 schools and drafted into the NBA.
Let's go over the "weights and measures" of how the list was formed before the countdown begins:
--Each nominee had to play high-school basketball within the state of Washington.
--NBA career is the top weight, followed by college career, NBA draft status, high school career, McDonald's All-American participation, and National/State awards.
--Projection also carries some heavy weight as you will see in the rankings of players like Brandon Roy and Rodney Stuckey, and Isaiah Thomas (above).
Although outstanding, these players just didn't quite make the cut:
--David Adams, Lincoln, Wyoming
--Tavares Mack, Nathan Hale, WSU
--Sean Mallon, Ferris, Gonzaga
--K.J. Roberts, Kent-Meridian, Cal
--Ryan Appleby, Stanwood, UW
--Bryant Boston, Garfield, UW
--Quincy Wilder, Decatur, Evergreen State
--Erroll Knight, Chief Sealth, Gonzaga
--Erik Bond, Seattle Prep, Cal
--Michael Johnson, Ballard, 1997 POY, University of Washington
--Curtis Borchardt (pictured above), Eastlake, Stanford, Drafted by the Orlando Magic 2002
--'ommA Givens, Aberdeen, Pepperdine, McDonald's All-American 1994
--Doug Wrenn, O'Dea, State Champ, Parade All-American, POY 1998, UW, UCONN
--Tre Simmons, Garfield, State Champ, UW All-Pac-10 1st Team
--Donald Watts, Lake Washington, POY 1995, UW
--Isaiah Thomas, Curtis, UW (he won't last long on the Honorable Mention section)
--Scot Pollard, Kamiakin, University of Kansas, multiple NBA teams
--Terrence Williams, Rainier Beach, Louisville
Roberto Bergersen played his high-school ball at Decatur before having a HOF career at Boise State. Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 1999.
Dickau (Prairie) was a First-team All-American while at Gonzaga and has played for multiple NBA teams.
Conroy set multiple records during his time at the University of Washington. Garfield was 100-15 during his four seasons on varsity. Has played for the Grizzlies and Clippers. Currently averaging 26ppg in the D-League.
Scalabrine went to Enumclaw High School before heading to USC. Has an NBA ring.
No. 23 Steve Hawes played for Mercer Island in the late '60s and graduated from the University of Washington. He had a 10-year NBA career with multiple teams.
No. 22 Clarence Ramsey, Lincoln, University of Washington, Drafted by Kansas City in the 1976 NBA Draft
Mark Pope attended Newport High School. Won a National Championship while at Kentucky. Played for the Pacers, Bucks, and Nuggets in the NBA.
Standout at Federal Way High School; went on to have a solid career at UCONN.
No. 19 Washington State's first McDonald's All-American. Also from Mercer Island. Led Duke to three Final Fours in the late '80s.
Mead High School
Co-POY with J.J. Redick while at Gonzaga in 2006
Drafted third overall by the Bobcats
Two-time state champion while playing at Mount Vernon High School.
Two-time All-Pac-10 selection while at Washington State University.
Second-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996.
Currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles.
2006 state champion while playing for Seattle Prep and a McDonald's All-American.
Played one year at the University of Washington (All-Pac 10 first team) before being drafted 10th by the Sacramento Kings in the 2007 draft.
Won the state title while at Franklin High School in 2003. Was also a McDonald's All-American.
Currently the PG for the Houston Rockets. Come back in a couple years and he may have cracked the top 10.
Won two state titles while at Blaine. 2000 McDonald's All-American.
Set assist records at Oregon and was Pac-10 POY his junior year.
Drafted 14th in 2003 by the Sonics.
Currently plays for the Bucks.
Played at Olympic High School and holds many state records.
Excellent player for the University of Washington, averaging over 20 points his senior season. 1986 Pac-10 POY.
Drafted in the 1st round by the 76ers in 1987.
McDonald's All-American while playing for Seattle Prep.
Drafted No. 6 overall by the Portland Trailblazers in 2005.
Hopefully injuries won't force him to be moved into "Honorable Mention."
Won the state title while at Kentwood in 2004.
Was seventh in the nation in scoring in only his sophomore year at Eastern Washington University.
Drafted 15th overall by the Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft.
McDonald's All-American while at Bremerton High School.
Won a National Championship in his only season at North Carolina.
Drafted No. 2 by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Won a state title while playing at Rainier Beach in 1988.
His outstanding play at Pepperdine allowed him to be drafted by the Seattle Sonics in 1992, number 17 overall.
Played for many teams in the NBA, frequently being named to the All-Defensive second team.
Won state title while at Rainier Beach in 2002.
Two-time All-Pac 10 while at the University of Washington.
Drafted 21st by the Phoenix Suns in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Two-time dunk champion.
Won the state title while playing for Centralia High School in 1981.
All-Pac 10 while at the University of Washington twice.
Three-time NBA All-Star.
Two-time NBA Sixth Man of the year.
State POY in 1999 while at Rainier Beach. Won the state title in 1998.
Played one season at Michigan.
Drafted by the Cavs No. 8 in 2000. Traded to the Bulls.
One of only four players in NBA history to score 50 points for three different teams.
All-State at Federal Way in 1994.
Won National Title while at Arizona in 1997.
Drafted 14th by the Rockets in the 1998 NBA Draft.
Won the state title while at Franklin in 1994.
Pac-10 POY in 1999 while at Arizona. Also won the National Title with Arizona in 1997.
Drafted 10th by the Hawks in the 1999 NBA Draft.
Played for the US in the 2001 Goodwill Games and won Gold.
All-State selection in 2001-2002 while at Garfield.
Second team All-Pac 10 in 2006.
Drafted by the Portland Trailblazers 6th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft.
2009 NBA All-Star.
19-year NBA career
Won three NBA Titles with the Pistons and Bulls
Starred at Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington (two-time All-Pac 10).
Holds NBA records in assists and steals.
10-time NBA All-star.
One of NBA's 50 All-Time greatest players.
Part of the 1992 "Dream Team."
Played at Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga and was drafted by the Jazz, No. 16 overall in the 1984 NBA Draft.