Defending Class 4A champion Federal Way remains strong with players like Ferron Flavors, and defending 3A champion Garfield also returns plenty of talented players this season.
10 players to watch
Guard, 6-2, Sr., Issaquah
It’s his turn to shine after playing second-fiddle to Ty Gibson a year ago. Has an offer from the University of Washington.
Guard, 6-3, Sr., Federal Way
Already has produced consistent offensive scoring punch for the Eagles, who got off to a 3-0 start in defense of their 4A title.
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Forward, 6-6, Sr., Woodinville
The Falcons leading scorer helped his team to a fifth-place 4A state finish a year ago. He’s drawing interest from West Coast Conference, Big Sky and some Pac-12 schools.
Guard, 6-2, Sr., Bellevue
Runs the show for the Wolverines at the point. He is committed to play at Seattle Pacific University.
Forward, 6-6, Sr., Liberty
Began the 2015-16 season for the Patriots by averaging 21 points a game. The Patriots started 3-1, losing only a double-overtime thriller to crosstown rival Hazen.
Guard, 5-11, Sr., Todd Beamer
He runs the show for the Titans, scores when needed and is the defensive stopper out on top.
Forward, 6-4, Jr., Bothell
Was the Cougars’ second-leading scorer as a sophomore, averaging 11 points a game. He’s already pouring in 18.5 points a game just three games into the new season.
Guard, 6-1, Sr., Cascade
The transfer from 2A Shorecrest is already making impact for the Bruins. He is scoring 19 points a game and Cascade began the year with four straight victories.
Guard, 6-2, Sr., Glacier Peak
The second-team 3A all-WesCo South honoree from a season ago helped the Grizzlies get off to a 3-0 start this season.
Guard, 5-11, Jr., Seattle Prep
Seattle U. commit was part of fifth-place run to state a year ago, and part of a large returning group for Panthers in 2015-16.
10 teams to watch
Yes, Mike Kelly’s 21-win, state-placing team lost J’raan Brooks to a transfer. Seattle U commit Aaron Nettles and developing junior big man Collin Welp, son of former UW and NBA player Christian Welp, keep expectations high for the Panthers.
The Patriots are a 2A squad in primarily 3A KingCo league, which steels them every year for postseason runs. With the likes of Connor Chapman and Noble Cooper leading the way, Liberty will make noise, even in the league.
The Wolverines were the only non-Metro League placer at the state tournament a year ago, finishing sixth after a Saturday loss to Lakeside. Much of that team returns for another try, led by Khan.
The senior-laden Titans may be ready to take the next step. They were ousted short of the regionals a year ago, but already have shown resilience this season behind big efforts from Amari McLemore and point guard leader Gio Jackson.
The defending 4A champs bring virtually its entire team back for a second run. Jalen McDaniels already is committed to San Diego State, while Ferron Flavors has begun the year with big scoring efforts.
In a Metro League loaded with talent, Northwestern signee Isiah Brown shines bright. The Lions finished fourth in the state a year ago.
The Bulldogs have won back-to-back titles, and finished ranked 17th in the nation a year ago. They return their top four scorers from a year ago in Jaylen Nowell, Alphonso Anderson, Jashaun Agosto and Terrell Brown.
The Vikings have a pair of Pac-12 commits leading the way in Sam Cunliffe (Arizona State) and Keith Smith (Oregon). Sophomore Kevin Porter is scoring big early in the season.
The defending 1A champs still have potent offense, and a star-in-the-making in junior Corey Kispert, who has an offer from Mark Few and Gonzaga on the table.
Ary-Turner will be the offensive leader, but coach Jason Griffith has said there will be scoring balance. The Vikings use defense to spark their offense.