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 days 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. 4 on the list, Olympia senior Jackson Grant.
RELATED: GRANT SIGNS WITH WASHINGTON HUSKIES
SBLIVE WA RANKING: NO. 4
➡️ HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-10
➡️ WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
➡️ POSITION: FORWARD/CENTER
➡️ CLASS: 2021
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL: OLYMPIA
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL COACH: JOHN KILEY
➡️ CLUB TEAM: WASHINGTON SUPREME
➡️ OFFERS: SIGNED WITH WASHINGTON
➡️ TWITTER: @jpgrant12
ATHLETICISM: Many times players are judged only by “run and jump” in regards to athleticism. But timing, hands — especially in catching and finishing — and balance are often overlooked aspects of evaluation. With his length and timing, Grant is a tremendous rebounder and shot blocker to go along with really good hands and a soft touch. He will get stronger in time and this will help with his balance in holding position on the low block.
BALL SKILLS: Grant has very good shooting touch for a big his size. His range extends well past the 3-point line, which will put a ton of pressure on a defensive 5 in pick-and-pop or spacing situations. He has a good set of low post moves and can score with either hand and on either block.
BASKETBALL IQ: Grant has a really good feel for a big and it shows in his decisions of when to roll versus when to pop in ball screen actions. He has a good feel defensively in using his length and timing to block and challenge shots on the interior.
UPSIDE: Grant could become a dominant big in the Pac-12 for Washington as he continues to fill into his body. As the game continues to evolve and bigs find open space on the perimeter, it will suit him well.
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. 5: KOREN JOHNSON, GARFIELD
NO. 4: JACKSON GRANT, OLYMPIA