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. 2 on the list, Battle Ground senior Kaden Perry.
RELATED: PERRY SIGNS WITH GONZAGA
SBLIVE WA RANKING: NO. 2
➡️ HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-9
➡️ WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
➡️ POSITION: FORWARD
➡️ CLASS: 2021
➡️ 2019-20 STATS: 23.7 ppg, 15.3 rpg, 3.3 bpg
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL: BATTLE GROUND
➡️ HIGH SCHOOL COACH: MANNY MELO
➡️ CLUB TEAM: SEATTLE ROTARY
➡️ OFFERS: SIGNED WITH GONZAGA
➡️ TWITTER: @Kaden_Perry20
ATHLETICISM: Perry is one of the best raw athletes in all of high school basketball — across the country. That ability will allow him to transition to the college game at Gonzaga. His athleticism will remind a lot of people of former Zag and current Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke. He has tremendous jumping ability — showcased in rim-rattling dunks, blocked shots and big rebounds — but he is also outstanding running the floor in transition.
BALL SKILLS: Perry has really grown his skill-set over the last two years. Give his high school coach Manny Melo a lot of credit for not relegating him to being a back-to-the-basket big. He has the mechanics at 15-feet that show with more reps and continued attention to footwork he will be a good pick-and-pop option. But it is his ability to catch and finish in traffic in pick-and-roll situations and step off the block post-ups which make him nearly unstoppable at the high school level.
BASKETBALL IQ: Many young athletic bigs get bored with the basics of game plans and strategy such as pick-and-roll coverages or reading a double-team coming their way on the block. Perry has improved tremendously in these areas. This is a must playing in Gonzaga’s system and his coachability will allow him to showcase his athleticism even more.
UPSIDE: Perry has already signed with Gonzaga and has a chance to have a very nice college career. He will become a fan favorite in a hurry because of his shot-blocking ability and rim-rattling dunks.
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
NO. 3: TYSON DEGENHART, MT. SPOKANE
NO. 2: KADEN PERRY, BATTLE GROUND