The first round of voting has wrapped up for Scorebook Live’s 32-player bracket to determine the best Washington High School boys basketball player over the past 20 years.
Scroll down to view the opening round results for the Hairston Region:
Regarded as the godfather of Seattle-based Metro League hoops, Al Hairston led Garfield to five 4A titles between 1980-1991.
(1) BRANDON ROY VS. (8) JUSTIN HOLT
Roy, Garfield (2002)
“Although he never won ‘Mr. Basketball’ he put together a great high school career at Garfield. His career took off at UW where he became an All-American leading to be the 6th pick in the NBA Draft. He became an All-Star for the Blazers but knee injuries cut his career short.”
Holt, Lincoln (2002)
“Cold-blooded wing who led Lincoln of Tacoma to back-to-back 4A titles (2001, 2002) with his ability to shoot or slash to the rim. Named “Mr. Basketball” in 2002 ahead of future NBA players Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson.”
(4) MARVIN WILLIAMS VS. (5) MARTELL WEBSTER
Williams, Bremerton (2004)
“Versatile, do-it-all wing for Bremerton who went on to play at North Carolina where he was an instrumental part of NCAA Tournament teams. Has carved out a long NBA career.”
Webster, Seattle Prep (2005)
“Originally committed to UW but went straight to the NBA from Seattle Prep when the rules still allowed. Picture perfect jump-shot with athleticism to match made him a successful player who carved out a ten-year NBA career.”
(3) NATE ROBINSON VS. (6) GARY BELL JR.
Robinson, Rainier Beach (2002)
“Maybe the greatest athlete ever in any sport from the state. Originally went to UW for football but ended up being a key “cog in the wheel” in Washington’s NCAA Tourney runs. Has played nearly 10 seasons in the NBA as an undersized guard who never backs down from any challenge.”
Bell Jr., Kentridge (2011)
“Washington’s ‘Mr. Basketball’ in 2011 from Kentridge took this talents to Gonzaga where he was a four year starter. After a short professional stint in Europe is now a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater.”
(2) DEJOUNTE MURRAY VS. (7) MATISSE THYBULLE
Murray, Rainier Beach (2015)
“Ultra-athletic and smooth but don’t overlook his skillset. Murray won three state titles and kept the Rainier Beach to UW pipeline going. He is now a tremendous player for the San Antonio Spurs.”
Thybulle, Eastside Catholic (2015)
“Maybe as good of a defender at the high school level while at Eastside Catholic anyone has ever seen in the state. Became a key contributor to UW before being drafted in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.”
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