Sophomore stars: Top 12 Washington high school boys basketball players in class of 2022

Some led their teams in scoring. Some played key roles on the state’s best teams. Many sophomores made significant contributions on the varsity basketball stage throughout the 2019-2020 Washington high school boys basketball season.

Scorebook Live has ranked the top boys basketball players in Washington by class – 2021, 2022 and 2023 – based on a combination of this past season’s performance on the high school stage, and projecting their impact going into the 2020-21 season.

Here are the top class of 2022 players in Washington:

TOP 12 SOPHOMORES IN WASHINGTON

Tyler Linhardt, King’s, F, 6-7

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Linhardt took his game to another level, scoring against anyone and everyone on all three levels, and leading King’s to a 1A state championship. 

Koren Johnson, Garfield, G, 6-3

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Gifted scoring put together an assertive sophomore season, capped by a statement 3A state title that earned him a first team all-tournament selection — and an offer from Washington.

Tyler Mrus, Seattle Prep, G, 6-6

Dynamic two-way guard with great size helped Seattle Prep compete in a loaded Metro League and make a run to the 3A state quarterfinals. 

Braeden Smith, Seattle Prep, G, 5-10

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Sharpshooter provided a scoring spark for the Panthers, earning second team all-Metro honors  — also generating Pac-12 interest in football.

Kamal Muhammad, Lakeside, F, 6-8

Long, versatile big was a double-double machine for Lakeside, earning all-Metro League third team honors. 

Bennett O’Connor, Mount Si, G, 6-0

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Posted an efficient 7.8 points, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game on a state title-winning team. Ask those around him, he’s poised for a big jump into his junior season. Traded off point guard duties with 4A state player of the year Jabe Mullins and built on a solid showing at the state tournament as a freshman.

Maleek Arington, Auburn, G, 6-0

Crafty, methodical playmaker for a young and talented Auburn team that made the 4A state tournament and is equipped for a bright future.

Damar Johnson-Dillard, Bothell, G, 6-0

Moved in from out of state and averaged among a state’s best 24.2 points per game, as well as 6.3 rebounds, five assists and 4.7 steals per game. He’s a ready made scorer that should only get better.

Asjon Anderson, Mount Tahoma, G, 5-10

Posed 17.8 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game for a T-Bird team that finished third in the 3A Pierce County League. 

Jonas La Tour, North Kitsap, G, 6-4

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Athletic, sharpshooting wing led North Kitsap in scoring (17.4 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game) in a 2A state championship season. 

Elijah Johnson, Shorecrest, G, 5-9

Crafty, up-tempo point guard who can score in a variety of ways and averaged 19.4 points, eight assists and nearly three steals per game.

Kaeden McGlothlin, Stanwood, F, 6-7

Asserted himself as an athletic big who played his best basketball in big games and learned to take over games when called upon. Shot 39 percent from 3 and impacted the game in a variety of ways. Averaged around 11 points and five boards per game.

Honorable mention

Ethan Martin, Arlington, G

Dylan Darling, Central Valley, G

Bryson Metz, King’s Way, G

Quin Patterson, Mount Si, F

Kahlil Singleton, Fort Vancouver, G

Claysen Delp, Zillah, G

Connor Mendez, Chiawana, G

Conrad Bippes, University High, F

Tre Blassingame, Auburn, G

Jordan Hansen, King’s, G

Hudson Shupe, Hanford, G

Malek Gomma, Ingraham, F/C

Isaiah Watts, West Seattle, G

Naser Motley, Mariner, G

Dakota Joseph, Mariner, F

Cooper Church, Tahoma, C.

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