High School Basketball

PREP BOYS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Five players to watch

SCOOTER HASTINGS

Lynden

Sr., Post

The Cal Poly Pomona University commit is a special talent and a matchup nightmare for any defense. At 6-foot-7 he has a strong inside game, but also is athletic enough to play along the perimeter. Hastings averaged 13.9 points per game last winter and should improve on that number this season.

ALEX MARTIN

Meridian

Sr., Guard

Martin burst onto the Northwest Conference scene last year, establishing himself as one of the best pure shooters and scorers in the Northwest Conference. With the attention he’ll demand, coach Shane Stacy emphasized the importance of him getting all his teammates involved.

DAMEK MITCHELL

Squalicum

So., Guard

Mitchell is one of the bright, young stars in the Northwest Conference. As a freshman last year he was a second-team all-NWC selection. He averaged 11.2 points per game a season ago, and expect the sophomore to take another step forward in Year 2 under coach Dave Dickson.

AUSTIN HONEYCUTT

Ferndale

Jr., Wing/Post

Honeycutt, a second-team all-NWC selection who averaged 16.7 points a year ago, can do it all. He’s a tremendous scorer, and his 6-foot-4 frame makes him a force on the boards. Coach Monte Walton raved about how unselfish he and Ferndale’s other standouts are. Look for Honeycutt to have another big year.

LEIF ANDERSON

Sehome

Sr., Guard

Anderson is one piece of a deep, senior-laden Mariners team. The senior guard has a slight frame, but he plays suffocating defense and has a deadly 3-point shot. Coach AJ LaBree said his range is limitless, and surely Sehome will enjoy his production from beyond the arc.

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