In an effort to shine a brighter spotlight on Washington high school basketball players, we are introducing our first-ever SBLive Boys Basketball Recruiting Rankings.
Our rankings are compiled by SBLive Basketball Analyst Dan Dickau based on observations and conversations with an extensive network of coaching and media sources across the country. The players have been evaluated through a college recruiting lens and analyzed in four categories: athleticism, ball skills, basketball IQ and upside.
Over the next few weeks we will continue to roll out our Top 25 players in Washington. You can find the full rankings at the bottom of the post.
Here’s a closer look at No. 6 on the list, Eastside Catholic senior Shane Nowell.
RELATED: NOWELL COMMITS TO ARIZONA
SBLIVE WA RANKING: NO. 6
➡️ HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-5
➡️ WEIGHT: 190 POUNDS
➡️ POSITION: GUARD
➡️ CLASS: 2021
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL: EASTSIDE CATHOLIC
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL COACH: BRENT MERRITT
➡️ CLUB TEAM: SEATTLE ROTARY
➡️ OFFERS: SIGNED WITH ARIZONA
ATHLETICISM: Nowell is a very good athlete who does a nice job of using his length on the defensive end as well as attacking in transition. The biggest adjustment for him will to be gain strength to prepare for play at Arizona in the Pac-12.
BALL SKILLS: His greatest strength is getting out in transition and attacking where he has shown the potential to be an elite finisher. Nowell can shoot it beyond the 3-point line, but his ability to slash and put pressure on the defense is more of his style. With this attacking style he will need to improve his handle and turn it over less. With Nolan Hickman (Kentucky commit) no longer at Eastside Catholic this will be even more important as he readies his game for college.
BASKETBALL IQ: This is a bit tricky to analyze because at times Nowell has shown tremendous feel in moving without the ball and being opportunistic with cuts and in transition. On the flip side, as a ballhandler, he sometimes tries to do too much and is prone to turnovers. Overall, when put in the right position on the wing, his IQ is very high and he should excel at Arizona.
UPSIDE: Nowell has already signed with Arizona where he will be mentored and pushed by former Seattle legend Jason Terry.
NO. 24: KELSON GEBBERS, BREWSTER
NO. 23: TYCE PAULSEN, CURTIS
NO. 22: GAVIN MARRS, ELLENSBURG
NO. 21: COBI CAMPBELL, PUYALLUP
NO. 20: TYLER BILODEAU, KAMIAKIN
NO: 19: COOPER CHURCH, TAHOMA
NO. 18: CAYDEN MCDANIEL, WILSON
NO. 17: QUIN PATTERSON, MOUNT SI
NO. 16: TYLER MRUS, SEATTLE PREP
NO. 15: JULIAN AGOSTO, NATHAN HALE
NO. 14: TREVON BLASSINGAME, AUBURN
NO. 13: BRAEDEN SMITH, SEATTLE PREP
NO. 12: KOBE YOUNG, CHIAWANA
NO. 11: MALEEK ARINGTON, AUBURN
NO. 10: LEO DEBRUHL, SEATTLE ACADEMY
NO. 9: TYLER LINHARDT, KING’S
NO. 8: JOHN CHRISTOFILIS, O’DEA
NO. 7: JAYLIN STEWART, GARFIELD
NO. 6: SHANE NOWELL, EASTSIDE CATHOLIC