Before we close the book on the 2018-19 Washington high school boys basketball season, we’re taking a position by position look at the underclassmen that emerged as stars.
Maybe the deepest position for returning players in the state of Washington next season are the wings. Take your pick of what skills you are looking for and you will find them. From Rainier Beach’s Marjon Beauchamp to Union’s Tanner Toolson, here are 12 wings to keep an eye on. All of the names on this list are freshmen, sophomores or juniors, meaning all of these players are among the ones we’ll be watching entering the 2019-20 season.
Marjon Beauchamp, Rainier Beach (6-6 junior)
The bar is set at Rainier Beach and that bar wasn’t reached this season as they lost to Mt. Spokane in the 3A state semifinals. This should fuel Beauchamp’s fire to have a great summer and lead Beach to another title. Beauchamp has a nice combination of length and athleticism that allows him to get to the basket at ease. With more consistency in his jumpshot and his overall approach to the game he could challenge for the state player of the year.
Liam Lloyd, Gonzaga Prep (6-5 junior)
If you want an aggressive shooter then Lloyd of the two-time 4A state champs is your kind of player. He has always been a good shooter but his willingness to guard is what has grown under coach Matty McIntyre at Gonzaga Prep. Lloyd already holds a handful of D-1 offers but that could turn into several more after a good summer with Washington Supreme.
Shane Nowell, Eastside Catholic (6-4 sophomore)
Another of the young core at Eastside Catholic who understands the nuances of the game and plays the right way. The younger brother of Washington Huskies standout Jaylen Nowell, his game is very similar, including an ability to score in an abundance of ways. He could be the biggest breakout star on the AAU scene this summer.
Jabe Mullins, Mount Si (6-6 junior)
Mullins turned heads as the season went on with his length, athleticism and competitiveness. His jumper is continuing to get better and with a consistent stroke he could become one of the best players in the state next season. Coach Jason Griffith has a solid core at Mount Si which should be a problem for the next few years in the KingCo.
Peter Erickson, Enumclaw (6-6 junior)
Not since the days of Brian Scalabrine has Enumclaw had a legit college prospect. This could change as Erickson continues to show the makings of a unique player with his size, ball-handling ability and range. He already has an offer from Eastern Washington, but if he continues to improve he could quickly be on the Pac-12’s radar.
Tyler Patterson, Mount Si (6-6 junior)
What an abundance of riches Mount Si coach Jason Griffith has on the wings. Patterson has the shooting ability to keep defenses honest and this allows his partner Jabe Mullins plenty of space to create off the bounce. These two work well together and both have great size.
Jon Christofilis, O’Dea (6-4 sophomore)
An injury derailed the end of the season for Christofilis, but the Irish were still able to win the 3A title. He might be the best shooter in the state and this will give him the opportunity to play at the next level. Christofilis will be playing with Carl Howell and Washington Supreme this spring/summer.
Noah Pepper, Selah (6-2 sophomore)
With his older brother, Elijah, off to UC Davis it will become Noah’s show to run at Selah. A do-it-all guard, Noah may be the most dependable player in the state. His offensive numbers jump out at you (more than 22 points per game) but opposing coaches talk about his willingness to guard — and take charges — that is so impressive.
Mason Landdeck, Cashmere (6-0 sophomore)
Not sure if he’s a point guard or a wing, but one thing with Landdeck is he can flat out score. Smaller school players have many challenges to overcome, but he will be playing for Washington Supreme and have an opportunity to be evaluated throughout the summer.
Tanner Toolson, Union (6-4 junior)
Skilled, shooter, high IQ and competitive is how one rival coach described Toolson. These are all great attributes to possess and his best basketball is in front of him. Coach Blake Conley always gets his Titan teams to play the right way so Toolson’s numbers don’t jump off the chart, but he brings tremendous value to any team he’s on.
Peyton Brammer, Hockinson (6-4 junior)
Brammer missed most of the past season after breaking his foot playing football, but he returned with a splash. A HUGE SPLASH! After getting back in the swing of things he had games of 40 and 50 while trying to get Hockinson to the state tournament. A healthy Brammer is a tough cover because of his physical style of play. Also an all-state wide receiver who helped lead the Hawks to back-to-back 2A state titles in football.
Jayden Stevens, Gonzaga Prep (6-5 freshman)
Another young player who is learning to play the right way at Gonzaga Prep and will shine when his time comes. With four starters graduating, that time will be next season.