We already looked at some standout guards from the lower divisions, so it’s only fair we take a look at some of the forwards heading toward postseason play that are deserving of your attention. These guys offer a multitude of…
We already looked at some standout guards from the lower divisions, so it’s only fair we take a look at some of the forwards heading toward postseason play that are deserving of your attention. These guys offer a multitude of skills, ranging from stretch forwards to all-out scoring threats, to solid interior forces bringing physicality to the court. Check out some forwards from the top teams heading into district play.
The Wazzu baseball commit has had an exceptional senior season on the hardwood, bringing infectious energy and offensive versatility to the floor. Boyd plays big inside, outworking a lot of opposing forwards to leave a big mark on the glass and wills buckets to fall in traffic. He can also step outside as a reliable 3-point shooter, and even though Chelan has had an up and down regular season, they have the guys to make a big push come districts.
It seems like a lot of the West Valley guys like to play a prodding style on offense, and Walker is another player who just plays a solid all-around game for them. He’s decently built, has good strength and balance, and provides some nice inside and out play. He can hit the three-ball with consistency and rebounds really well, forcing defenders to follow him wherever he goes. West Valley could be a sneaky team come playoffs and Walker will be a prime reason why.
I don’t think Navarre gets enough credit for being a smart scorer. He really takes his time working for good shots, getting defenders where he wants them, and attacking from a bunch of different spots. He’s built off of a strong junior year to take his scoring up another notch and lead the Zillah Leopards to the top of the SCAC with only one loss on the year.
Sykes is a guy who has come into this season and grown in almost every facet of his game. He’s still that lanky, 6-foot-7 athlete who will slam a few home, but now he has an improved jumper that makes his drives to the rim a little easier. He’s also been a huge defensive asset for Pullman, showing quick, active hands and getting lots of strips and tips. He’s an impact guy who can really change the feel of a game with his length and activity.
Overlake has worked their way into the two-seed at the District 2 Tournament, and Wiley has been one of their top guys throughout the year. He’s a big kid who does a lot of his work inside but has the potential to be a strong outside threat too. He’s been off and on from deep, but he’s a guy to watch out for who can make his presence felt on the boards, and if he gets a rhythm, could be a real threat from 3-point at the most important time of the year.
Prosser has emerged this season as the top team in the CWAC and while a lot of it has to do with stellar guard play, Flores has been just as instrumental to their success in the frontcourt. He’s the type of guy who knows his job, excels at it, and is there around the rim to set a physical tone and pick up the pieces from missed shots and dump downs. He’s a strong kid that can muscle shots up through contact in close and brings solid rebounding to the table as well. He’s had some big games when the shots don’t fall from the backcourt players and is a steady presence for the Mustangs.