The 2010-2011 boys' high school season kicks off this week in the state of Washington. A state that has produced top-notch talent for the last two decades is now a hot bed for college coaches and recruiters. You might see Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, etc. in the bleachers at an important game.
Here are five players who stand out this year.
5. Hikeem Stewart (SR) - The younger brother of former Rainier Beach High School standout twins Rodrick and Lodrick Stewart. Stewart, a 6'3" shooting guard, whom some might consider a late bloomer, opened up a lot of eyes over the summer.
Rainier Beach is favored to win the 3A field this year. Stewart will attend the University of Washington next year which will be a nice pick up for Coach Lorenzo Romar. Some local fans have knocked Romar for letting local talent branch out, but he didn’t let this one get away.
4. Anrio Adams (JR) –A standout 6'3" guard, Adams can play with the best of them. Adams attends Franklin High School, a school that has produced many point guards under Coach Jason Kerr.
Adams is a shooting point guard who can finish in traffic. Adams still has another year to make a college decision. Scholarships are sitting on the table for Adams from all over the nation.
3. Brett Kingma (SR) – A 6'1" point guard who can flat out shoot the ball. Another late bloomer, This summer Kingma proved he can play with the best talent all over the country.
Jackson High School had a good run last year under Kingma and has a chance of making it to the state championship game this year. It was hard for Kingma to say no to the Huskies, who offered a scholarship.
2. Gary Bell Jr (SR) – A Gonzaga committed 6'2" shooting guard, Bell is what coaches are looking for in a player. Nice character and very coachable.
Bell attends Kentridge High School and is expected to have another great year. He's a pass-first point guard who can take over the game by scoring if needed be. Mark Few found another great one on the other side of the mountains in Bell.
1. Tony Wroten Jr (SR) - Some might call Wroten the best prospect to ever come out the state of Washington. A 6'4" point guard who attends Garfield High School, Wroten has had to overcome some challenges.
A torn ACL while playing football set Wroten back last year, as he didn’t play one game on the hardwood. Wroten worked hard on his game to get better and became more humble in the process.
He laced up his shoes in the spring and summer AAU circuit. Wroten came back better than ever and seems to have found a consistent jump shot. Family ties and Seattle love has kept Wroten home after he graduates in the spring. Wroten will be attending the University of Washington and play for Coach Lorenzo Romar.