The 2020-21 high school basketball season in Washington is scheduled to start on February 1.
Though doubt surrounds when the season will start in its already-delayed form due to to state-issued COVID-19 guidelines, players around the state have worked hard to prepare for the possibility.
We thought we’d do the same.
In the lead-up to the season, SBLive Washington is identifying and assessing state player of the year candidates at every classification based on impact on the high school stage last season and projected impact this upcoming season.
Here are the 2020-21 girls basketball player of the year candidates for Class 2A, listed in alphabetical order:
2A PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
Drea Brumfield, W.F. West, 6-2, SF, jr.
The 2A EvCo first-teamer (12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 blocks) is arguably the top in-state recruit in class of 2022, and the sweet-shooting wing did nothing this summer to hurt that stock. Dynamite playmaker.
Aniyah Hampton, Hudson’s Bay, 5-9, PG, jr.
The talented Eagles move down to 2A – and are instant state contenders if Hampton, who only played two games last year, regains full health and returns to undeterred ball-handling captain. Hampton average 18.0 points and 3.5 assists as a freshman.
Dylan Philip, Ellensburg, 5-8, SF, jr.
Philip, an all-state wing, is one of the classification’s top shooters – and best entrepreneurs. She gives the program’s up-and-coming waves of talent a steady performer and reliable leader.
Ashlynn Sylve, East Valley of Yakima, 5-8, PG, sr.
Very few point guards in the state showcase Sylve’s level of athleticism, and the all-state performer (16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 steals) really put on a show last March at the 2A tournament.
Ashlyn Wallace, Clarkston, 5-5, PG, sr.
What more can this three-time 2A GNL player of the year do? The Idaho commit (19.3 ppg, 3.5 apg) is perpetually in motion – and fun to watch. She is the reigning state player of the year for the Bantams.