Murray averaged more than 23 points per game, but what says more about Murray as a player are the 13.8 rebounds per game this year. Murray was able to affect games in more than one way, as evidenced by his 52-point, 20-rebounds performance against Franklin on Dec. 9.
School: Rainier Beach
Year: Sr. Height: 6-6 Position: Guard
West Seattle coach Keffrey Fazio: “The thing that stands out to me the most, honestly, is when he’s really engaged in playing defense, he is – on the ball, off the ball – one of the best defensive players I’ve seen (Rainier Beach) have in a long time.”
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Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea: “He carried our team this year and not to mention what a good young man he is. His stats speak loud and clear. He had 24 double-doubles this year out of 29 games, and he had 12 triple-doubles. That right there is kind of crazy.”
Memorable moment: In a rematch of 2014’s state title game, Murray led Rainier Beach over Eastside Catholic in the semifinals this year. The Vikings, who eventually lost the championship to Garfield, made their fourth straight appearance in the title game thanks to Murray’s 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Key stats: Murray averaged more than 23 points per game, but what says more about Murray as a player are the 13.8 rebounds per game this year. As a do-it-all star, Murray was able to affect games in more than one way, as evidenced by his 52-point, 20-rebound performance against Franklin on Dec. 9.
|Boys player of the year|
|G||Dejounte Murray||Rainier Beach||6-6||Sr.|
|Can take any defender one-on-one, but also thrives on the glass, as a distributor and defensively.|
|All-State First Team|
|Carried a young and injury-depleted Eagles team to their third state-tournament appearance in four years and then broke the Hardwood Classic Class 4A record (current format) for total points.|
|An elite scorer that can put the ball in the bucket in different ways; averaged more than 28 points per game and broke/tied multiple Class 3A state-tournament records, including total points.|
|Had games of 49 and 45 points to open the season and averaged 27.7 per game to lead Richland into the state tournament. Also grabbed 7.3 rebounds per game.|
|G||Viont’e Daniels||Federal Way||6-3||Sr.|
|Well-rounded guard who averaged more than 21 points and six rebounds per game while leading the Eagles to the Class 4A title.|
|Went from barely-used freshman to leading scorer (23.5 points per game) for the state champions. Seemed to get better each game.|
|The Cal Poly Pomona signee has been a force for Lynden’s historically prominent program.|
|F||Matisse Thybulle||Eastside Catholic||6-6||Sr.|
|Incredibly versatile player is one of best defenders in the state and affects games in multiple ways.|
|G||Mandrell Worthy||Eastside Catholic||6-3||Sr.|
|Point guard who puts up points like a primary scorer and can rebound well.|
|Arizona State signee capped fantastic career with 23.4 points, 10.5 rebounds per game.|
|The junior continues to impress, averaging 23 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.|
|Coach of the year|
|Ed Haskins, Garfield|
|Haskins led Garfield to its second straight state championship (the first came in Class 4A), dethroning three-time defending champion Rainier Beach.|