From Camas’ Faith Bergstrom to Eastlake’s Keeli Burton-Oliver, there are dozens of outstanding post-up players in Washington high school girls basketball.
With the 2019-2020 season finished, we’re taking a look at the Top 11 around-the-basket players in the state, regardless of classification.
We polled 20 coaches from around the state on their thoughts on players in their league and district.
Some of the best players in the state could obviously be listed under a number of categories, but SB Live tried to place them on the one list that best fits their skill sets (and reputation).
The rankings ultimately were compiled by SB Live basketball analyst Freddie Rehkow and SB Live Washington reporter Todd Milles.
The players are listed in alphabetical order:
TOP 11 POST-UP PLAYERS
Korin Baker, Curlew, Senior
In one of the golden eras of Class ‘B’ post play, Baker’s career consistency (double-double machine) vaults her to this elite list. Headed to Whitman.
Faith Bergstrom, Camas, Junior
Remember Hakeem Olajuwon’s “Dream Shake” move? Well, this Vancouver-area standout has that, and more in her growing post-play toolbox.
Maisie Burnham, Liberty of Spangle, Senior
You didn’t think this list was reserved just for centers, right? The reigning 2B player of the year plays everywhere, and is a back-to-the-basket beast.
Keeli Burton-Oliver, Eastlake, Senior
It’s been mentioned how unique this ASU signee’s skill set is as an inside-outside scorer. When she chooses to, she has a sweet turnaround jumper.
Sela Heide, Mount Si, Senior
When you’re 6-foot-8 and an NCAA Division I signee (Cal), you automatically qualify for this list. And she has pretty good touch around the hoop, too.
Trista Hull, La Salle, Junior
It is a scary trifecta: Hull can beat you with power, burst and all-around skill. She is not only 2A’s top interior player, but one of the best in the state.
Jordyn Jenkins, Kentridge, Senior
Nobody is more intimidating to play against, on both ends, than this USC signee, who led Kentridge to a 4A title in 2017 being a post-play behemoth.
Camille Jentzsch, Lake Stevens, Sophomore
She wasn’t ready to be a consistent go-to scorer as a 6-foot-4 sophomore, but the pivot moves are skillful. Her breakout for the Vikings is coming soon.
Sharayah Johnson, Lincoln of Tacoma, Junior
Don’t let that big smile fool you – Johnson means business in the paint. The left-hander plays with power, but also has a nifty mid-range game to go to.
Natalie Sumrok, Tumwater, Sophomore
The undersized leaper on a smallish Tumwater squad, Sumrok flashed high-ceiling ability – falling away from the basket, and then attacking it.
Katie Thiers, Roosevelt, Junior
With her skill and revved-up motor, the Metro League’s top post player sure makes other big girls uneasy. Works angles and anticipates things so well.
Worth mentioning: Skylar Bea, Washougal, jr.; Catelyn Deaver, Sumner, so.; Maddy Dixon, Pomeroy, sr.; McKenna Dorscht, Seattle Prep, jr.; Jordyn Goldsmith, Freeman, jr.; Jordynn Hutchinson, Mead, jr.; Kiano Lino, Shorecrest, jr.; Mia Pakootas, Inchelium, sr.; Keanna Salavea, Heritage, fr.; Samantha Skaggs, King’s, jr.; Kylie Sherman, Selah, fr.; Paige Winter, Rochester, sr.