Scouting the 4A boys teams
A look at the eight teams participating in this week’s 4A boys basketball state tournament.
Coach: Ed Haskins
Key players: Tramaine Isabell, 6-1, Sr., 24 ppg; Brayon Blake, 6-7, Sr.,16 ppg; Deeshawn Tucker, 6-0, Sr.,10 ppg.
Inside look: Garfield has a balanced lineup and a go-to scorer in Isabell. The Bulldogs can beat anyone when their aggressive defense is at its best.
Location: Mill Creek
Coach: Steve Johnson
Key players: Jason Todd, 6-5, Sr.,17 ppg; Dan Kingma, 5-10, Sr., 18 ppg; Brian Zehr, 6-4, Sr.,11 ppg.
Inside look: Jackson has a senior-laden team that got to the championship game last year. The Timberwolves have stars, but play well within their system.
Coach: Earl Streufert
Key players: Payton Radliff, 6-0, Sr., 20 ppg; Nathan Streufert, 6-7, Sr.,19 ppg; Jacob DeVries, 6-0, Sr.,18 ppg.
Inside look: Richland is a difficult matchup because a handful of players can go off on any given night. The Bombers have had their way this season, rarely getting tested.
Coach: Dave Jamison
Key players: Jawan Stepney, 6-3, Sr., 20 ppg; Keasean Kelley, 5-10, Sr., 11 ppg; Joe Wainhouse, 6-7, Sr., 5.3 ppg.
Inside look: Stepney is an electrifying guard and a big reason the Chargers started the season with 24 straight wins.
Coach: Jason Griffith
Key players: Ty Gibson, 6-3, Jr.,16 ppg; Trevon Ary-Turner, 6-2, Fr., 11 ppg; Jake Henke, 6-7, Sr., 10 ppg.
Inside look: The key to Issaquah’s success this season has been the players’ ability to play extremely well together. The Eagles have a strong group of guards, led by Gibson.
Location: Federal Way
Coach: Winston Bell
Key players: Bogdan Bliznyuk, 6-5, Sr., 20 ppg; Trey Burch-Manning, 6-4, Sr.,16 ppg; Charles Frazier, 6-5, Jr., 11 ppg.
Inside look: The Titans like to play fast and hard, and Bliznyuk provides them a true offensive weapon, both inside and outside.
Gonzaga Prep Bullpups
Coach: Matty McIntyre
Key players: Reed Hopkins, 6-3, Sr., 12 ppg; Sam Dowd, 5-7, Sr., 12 ppg; Ryan Alexander, 6-1, Sr., 11 ppg.
Inside look: Don’t look to push the pace, but proved in the regional round they can score quickly. The Bullpups have won 18 out of their last 19, with the lone loss coming by one point.
Coach: Ron Stone
Key players: Drew Jeager, 6-1, Sr.; Dillon Sugg, 6-4, Sr.
Inside look: Have won seven of its last eight, including a one-point win over defending state champion Curtis in the regional round.