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.

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

One thought on “Sophomore stars: Top 12 Washington high school boys basketball players in class of 2022

  • June 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm
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    Ethan Martin put up 40 on two of these players, definitely better then a couple of these guys.

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