The Eagles, second last year and first in 2015 and ’16, return versatile Jaden McDaniels and added three talented transfers.
Anton Watson has what it takes to lead the Bullpups to back-to-back titles, despite some key losses that could cause a slow start.
No more big guy (7-3 Riley Sorn), but the Bombers still shoot lights out and may be better than last season’s semifinal squad.
Zack Paulsen (SPSL MVP, SPU signee) leads a talented group hungry to improve on the state surge that ended with two losses.
Jabe Mullins and Tyler Patterson make the Wildcats favorites in KingCo and contenders for their first state trophy since 2006.
Six players (two starters) are back from the third-place team that should make another strong showing despite lack of size.
Guard Alex Schumacher gives the Storm (sixth last season) a shot in any game; the team comes in with less height but more skill.
With four starters back, the Vikings already were on the radar — and then they added 7-foot Zane Foster from Bonney Lake.
T-wolves feature the best backcourt in WesCo, plus good size and depth, and have the ingredients to cook up something special.
Coming off four straight Tacoma Dome appearances, the sharpshooting Titans expect to keep a good thing going; others concur.
On the bubble
Bothell, Davis, Enumclaw, Glacier Peak, Inglemoor, Kennedy Catholic, Kentridge, Kentwood, Olympia.
Three starters return from second-place team, and they add two top players from Garfield; they are jelling sooner than expected.
The Fighting Irish were deep last season with some talented underclassmen, and they reached the state quarterfinals.
Coming off a semifinal appearance, the Crusaders get four starters back so another deep run is realistic.
Sophomore post Tyson Degenhart (6-7) could lead the Wildcats back to Tacoma and they have other shooting options as well.
Yes, the Rams. D-1 prospect Mitchell Saxton, a 6-10 junior, gives the Rams a shot at returning to state for the first time since 1975.
A strong senior class, led by 6-8 Abdul Mohamed (EWU), gives the Wildcats a shot at a strong playoff run.
With 6-5 forward RaeQuan Battle (UW) and PG Luke Dobler, plus a couple new pieces, the Tomahawks have trophy hopes.
Kelso returns the top two players from last season’s sixth-place team, including GSHL co-MVP Shaw Anderson (SPU).
A traditional power, Lincoln lost a lot to graduation (and coach to Puget Sound), but the next wave is anxious to prove doubters wrong.
The Islanders feature 6-8 sophomore David Pickles and get the nod over Bellevue as KingCo favorites.
Arlington, Bellevue, Capital, Garfield, Kamiakin, Lakes, Prairie, Roosevelt Seattle Prep, Stanwood, Timberline, Wilson.
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