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School: Rainier Beach Yr: Sr. Ht: 6-8 Pos: G College: Louisville

Eastside Catholic coach Bill Liley: “I think he’s a great player. I think he’s going to be a very good player for coach [Rick] Pitino. If he plays as hard as he’s capable of playing, he’s going to realize his hopes and dreams through basketball.”

Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea: “I think it’s just his determination, just his drive and determination. A lot of times that stuff is downplayed. … That kid, he has a down game and then he’ll come right back, where some kids will kind of go into a funk. I just love that about him.”

Memorable moment: Coming off a two-shot, two-point performance in the state semifinals, Aaron scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the second half to lead Rainier Beach over Eastside Catholic in the championship game. Aaron, who was playing on a sprained ankle, also grabbed seven rebounds, including a couple of crucial offensive boards.

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Key stats: Aaron led a talented team full of scorers with more than 20 points per game. He had a pair of 32-point games and failed to reach double digits just two times. Aaron also averaged more than eight rebounds and seven assists per game and collected four triple-doubles.

Boys Player of the Year

Pos. Player School Ht. Yr.
G Shaqquan Aaron Rainier Beach 6-8 Sr.
Athletic with great vision, Louisville signee averaged over 20 ppg.

All-State First Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Yr.
G Dejounte Murray Rainier Beach 6-4 Jr.
Nearly averaged a triple-double, drew interest from Kentucky, Kansas.
F Josh Martin Bothell 6-9 Sr.
Minnesota commit averaged 27.1 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
G Tramaine Isabell Garfield 6-0 Sr.
Did a little bit of everything for Garfield, scored 47 in December game.
G Jason Todd Jackson 6-5 Sr.
Led Jackson on both ends of the floor, averaging a double-double.
F Nathan Streufert Richland 6-7 Sr.
Averaged 18.5 points and 13.4 rebounds for the state runners-up.

Second Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Yr.
F Robert Franks Evergreen 6-7 Jr.
He is a versatile player, a good shooter and has a 7-foot wingspan.
G David Crisp Rainier Beach 6-1 Sr.
Athletic guard committed to Washington can shoot the lights out.
G Mandrell Worthy Eastside Catholic 6-3 Jr.
Excellent ball skills and has a knack for scoring.
F Bogdon Bliznyuk Beamer 6-5 Sr.
Versatile wing able to score from inside or out.
G Jawan Stepney Kentridge 6-3 Sr.
Tall guard able to find his shot from anywhere on the court.

Coach of the Year

Mike Bethea, Rainier Beach
Bethea built on his state record with his seventh championship and will lead the Vikings into a national tournament in April.

Josh Liebeskind

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