2014 Star Times boys and girls basketball teams
The 2014 Star Times boys and girls basketball teams are unveiled.
How the Star Times teams are selected
All-area teams are chosen after the regular season by Seattle Times reporters, freelancers and editors. Selections must be from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.
6-6, Sr., Rainier Beach
Aaron’s ability to score is surpassed by none other, but his unique ability to see the court well and find an open teammate off the dribble separates the senior from other players. The Louisville commit averaged more than 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists this season, while collecting four triple-doubles.
6-4, Jr., Rainier Beach
Murray, who is being recruited by the likes of Kentucky, turned in one of the most jaw-dropping performances this season when he scored 33 points and grabbed 30 rebounds against West Seattle. An all-around star that helped seal the Metro League championship game with a steal, Murray nearly averaged a triple-double.
6-5, Sr., Jackson
The fact that Todd averaged a double-double is impressive, but that he was able to do it while mainly playing three quarters due to Jackson’s dominance makes it even more remarkable. Todd, who is committed to Portland, led Jackson to the MaxPreps Tournament title in December.
6-9, Sr., Bothell
A dominating force down low, the Minnesota commit looks like he’s going to break the basket every time he dunks — which is quite a bit. The forward led KingCo 4A with 27.1 points and 14.0 rebounds per game and has added an outside shot to his repertoire.
6-0, Sr., Garfield
Isabell thrived at Garfield after transferring prior to his senior year. The Washington State commit is a threat to score from anywhere on the court, including well beyond the three-point line. Isabell averaged more than 23 points per game.
Coach of the Year
Mike Bethea, Rainier Beach
In his 19th season at the helm and after six state championships, Bethea has the Vikings positioned to play for a national title. Getting his star-laden team to play together, Bethea led Rainier Beach to the Les Schwab Invitational title, the regular season Metro League championship and the Sea-King 3A District crown.
6-4, Jr., Inglemoor
A dominant force inside, Strother averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the 4A state quarterfinals. The KingCo 4A MVP, who has committed to Washington, is a 63 percent shooter and a fantastic finisher and shot blocker.
6-3, Sr., Beamer
Huff helped the Titans reach the regional round the past two years. She averaged nearly 14 points and 10 rebounds this season, earning SPSL 4A South MVP honors. She plans to play basketball and volleyball at the University of Hawaii.
5-8, Sr., Cleveland
The four-year starter and sharpshooter is a key reason the Eagles are favored to repeat as 3A state champions. Roper, signed with the University of California at Santa Barbara, is a repeat Star Times choice and earned MVP honors at last year’s state tournament.
5-6, Sr., Cleveland
The lightning-quick “MyMy” Ladd is a terror at both ends of the court and was voted Metro MVP. A four-year veteran headed to San Jose State, she has been instrumental in the top-ranked Eagles’ two-year unbeaten streak against Washington opponents.
6-0, Sr., Mount Rainier
Widely considered the state’s top player, McPhee is a three-time Star Times selection and two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year. The Stanford signee averages 27 points and 13 rebounds and owns multiple school records. She led the Rams to the 4A state semis in 2012 and 2013.
Coach of the Year
Everett Edwards, Lynnwood
In his seventh year, Edwards has turned a once struggling program into a power as the Royals have lost just three games over the past two seasons. At 23-1, they are in the 4A state quarterfinals for only the second time in school history and first since 1994.