Over the next few days we’ll take a look at the top teams, best players, emerging X-factors and projected finish for each Class 4A boys basketball league around the state of Washington.
Here is a look at the 4A Wesco:
Glacier Peak: The Grizzlies hot start to the season has now rolled into the second half of league play. One of three remaining undefeated teams across the state in 4A, the Grizzlies have been fueled by balanced scoring — six different players have led the team scoring — and something they didn’t have last year: a bevy of shooters, which has made them tough to match up with. Four players are averaging double-digits scoring the ball.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jaylen Searles, Jackson: There isn’t a more gifted athlete in the 4A Wesco. Searles, a 6-foot-7 forward who can jump out of the gym (see for yourself), has to shoulder a bigger scoring load this season and is averaging more than 20 points per game.
Brayden Quantrille, Glacier Peak: Quantrille can score in a variety of ways, but he’s especially effective attacking the rim. The Grizzlies’ senior floor general is one of the team’s leaders, and is reliable at finding open shooters.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR
Mariner: The Marauders are well-rounded and have athletes — a lot of them — coming off its first winning season since 2009. From 6-3 junior post presence Henry Avra, 3-point threat Simon Fanuel and Naser Motley, a junior guard who transferred from O’Dea, and the scoring threat of 6-5 Diego Septimo-Ruiz off the bench, there’s a reason Mariner’s record is as good as it is. Now, can the Marauders challenge Glacier Peak when the 4A Wesco unbeatens meet?