The State of Basketball in Seattle

Thanks to Graham for this question on Whale.

First, we have to start with Nathan Hale High School which has the number one boys basketball team in the nation. Last year they were 3-18, but that was before former NBA start Brandon Roy joined as the team’s head coach and they received seven out-of-district transfers including Michael Porter Jr., the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruit in the 2017 class. Michael has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Washington next year. His brother Jontay also plays for the team and is currently ranked as the 26th best player in the 2018 class.

Seattle’s Garfield High School is ranked 79th in the nation. Not bad considering the US has 37,000 public and private high schools.

The University of Washington men aren’t doing well as a team and have just a 9-11 record. They do, however, have Markelle Fultz who is a potential number one pick in next year’s NBA Draft. And there are currently eight former UW players in the NBA.

The UW women, however, are currently 19-2 and ranked 7th in the nation. Kelsey Plum is the all-time Pac-12 scoring leader. As I write this she’s just 323 points shy of being the NCAA all-time women’s leader in points scored.

There is also the Seattle Pro Am, which last year featured a number of current NBA Players.

And who can forget that the outdoor court at Greenlake, popular for pick-up games during the summer (when it’s not raining) was once featured in NBA Street Vol. 2. Greenlake is occasional host to amateur slam dunk contests, including one hosted by Shawn Kemp.

Which reminds me, in Seattle we never talk about the Sonics.

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