After a week of basketball, I can already tell you that this division is up for grabs. No. 1 Seattle Prep, on paper was considered the team that would run away with the division, but they lost their home opener against Rainier Beach last Tuesday. There were a couple more upsets in this division: Eastside knocking off Lakeside and West Seattle beating Bainbridge. This just shows how deep this division is, and how every night you must bring your A-game or else you could easily go home with a loss. Check out my player of the week and my power rankings after the jump.
Player of the Week: Sekou Wiggs, O’Dea- Wiggs dropped 28 points against West Seattle and 30 points against Blanchet last week. Even though both performances were against weak opponents, scoring that many points in each game is impressive.
1. Rainier Beach (3-0) The Vikings jump up to the No. 1 spot after traveling to Seattle Prep and coming out with a win. Adams only had ninepoints, which shows the depth of this team and how they don’t have to rely on their best player to get the job done each game. The Vikings are for real this year, and I think have a strong chance of winning a state championship this year.
This Week: I put the Vikings on upset alert this week, as they face an experienced O’Dea team Tuesday. If Adams can get it going early, then Beach has a strong chance of winning. Rainier Beach should win easily against Ingraham on Friday.
2. Seattle Prep (2-1) Prep falls to No. 2 this week after a disappointing loss to Rainier Beach. This team still has the most talent in the division and can easily climb back up to the top. So far the Panthers have no chemistry playing with each other, and need to figure out a game plan soon before they face another strong team like O'Dea.
This Week: Prep has an easy schedule this week, as they travel to Bainbridge on Tuesday, and host Eastside Catholic on Thursday. Both games should be easy victories for the Panthers which will help boost their confidence and get their swagger back.
3. O’Dea (2-0) The Irish struggled in their first matchup against West Seattle, only winning by 13 points. G Sekou Wiggs had 28 points which was half of O’Dea’s total score. O’Dea finally found their groove in their second game against Blanchet, blowing out the Braves by 28 points. Wiggs continued to carry this team, putting up 30 points against the Blanchet. PG Jalen Ward also helped the Irish, scoring 15 points. This team is a sleeper, but Wiggs and Ward need more help from their teammates as the season progresses.
This Week: O’Dea has a tough schedule this week, as they travel down South to take on the Vikings of Rainier Beach, Tuesday. On Friday, O’Dea will host a dangerous Lakeside team. I think the Irish pull off the upset against Beach. This is a well coached team that has great chemistry, and knows how to perform in big games. O’Dea should beat Lakeside and move up in the rankings next week.
4. Franklin (4-0) This team has impressed me after they beat Lakeside 77-70. G Arell Hennings’ performance against Lakeside was outstanding, scoring 28 points. This team didn’t have to rely on Hennings to do all the work, as F Patrick Ball contributed 24 points and F Anddrew Hawkins scored 13. The Quakers only beat Ingraham by one point and Hennings only had 5 points, but this time it was F Cody Russell who stole the show, scoring 28 points. This shows how much depth Franklin has and why they will be a contender this year.
This Week: Franklin has a tough game on Tuesday against Eastside Catholic, which I predict will be a win for the Quakers. Friday, the Quakers will travel to Cleveland which should be another win for Franklin.
5. Chief Sealth (2-1) The Seahawks won a close one against a tough Nathan Hale team 71-69. Sealth did get blown out on their home court against Rainier Beach. Even though they were blown out, Sealth will move up to No. 5 after Lakeside losing to Eastside. Can the Seahawks hold on to the No. 5 spot this week? We will see.
This Week: Sealth will travel on the road to face Ingraham, and on Friday will host West Seattle. I think the Seahawks will lose to Ingraham, but if Pepe’ Hernandez can produce at least 20 points, then this team might come away with a win. Friday, Chief Sealth should win easily against West Seattle.
6. Ingraham (2-1) The Rams almost pulled off the upset against the Franklin Quakers, losing by one point. F Malik Barnes led the way with 23 points and continues to show why he is the leader of this team. Ingraham could surprise some teams this year, showing they can play with a good Franklin team. The Rams also beat Evergreen last week, which was no surprise.
This Week: Ingraham will host the No. 5 team in the division, Chief Sealth on Tuesday. Ingraham will pull off the upset in a close battle, and then lose at Rainier Beach on Friday. If the Rams can beat Sealth, they will likely move up to No. 5 in our power rankings.
7. Eastside Catholic (4-0) Eastside has impressed me. I thought this team did not have enough talent to compete, but I guess not. The Crusaders won easily against Cleveland, that was not a shocker. The shocker was they pulled off the upset against a good Lakeside team that was No. 5 in our power rankings last week. PG Austin Soukup controls this Eastside offense and averages 19 points a game.
This Week: We will find out if the Crusaders can compete with the top dogs in the division as they will go on the road against Franklin and Seattle Prep. Tuesday, I think Eastside makes it interesting against the Quakers, but Franklin has too much talent for Eastside to handle. Prep will blow out the Crusaders on Friday.
8. Lakeside (0-3) Lakeside falls back three spots after loosing to both Franklin and Eastside Catholic. Yes I said Eastside Catholic. The Lions have the talent, but lack in experience. They are about a year away from being competitive in this division. G Tramaine Isabell continues to look great, averaging 25 points a game.
This Week: Can Lakeside get their first win of the year this week? Well, they go on the road to face a good Nathan Hale team, and on Friday face O’Dea. I think Isabell carries this team and leads them to victory over the Raiders, but will lose another close game to O’Dea on Friday.
9. Nathan Hale (3-1) Hale had an opportunity to move up to maybe No. 6 or the No. 5 spot in the rankings if they could of knocked off Sealth. Even though the Raiders lost, they did show me that they have talent. Like Lakeside, I think they are a year away from competing; only having two seniors this year. F Julljs Pruzinskis looks impressive averaging 22 points a game.
This Week: The Raiders will host Lakeside which will be a loss for Hale. Friday, the Raiders will blow out Bainbridge. Nathan Hale has another opportunity to move up in the rankings if they can beat Lakeside.
10. West Seattle (1-1) West Seattle looked impressive this week. They only lost to O’Dea by 13 points on the road, and upset Bainbridge. G Rico Failla had a good week, putting up 21 points against Bainbridge.
This Week: Tuesday, West Seattle will host Bellevue which I think the Wolverines will run right past the Wildcats. Bellevue is too big and talented to lose this game. Friday will be an interesting game for the Wildcats. Sealth should win easily, but don’t sleep on the Wildcats.
11. Bainbridge (3-2) The Spartans started out strong this week, beating Central Kitsap and Blanchet, but lost to Eastside Catholic.
This Week: Bainbridge has two home games this week, but they are tough. The Spartans will lose both their games this week against Seattle Prep on Tuesday, and Nathan Hale on Friday.
12. Cleveland (0-3) The Eagles had another tough week, losing to Eastside Catholic and Nathan Hale.
This Week: Cleveland could maybe win their first game of the year against Blanchet on Tuesday. The Eagles will beat Blanchet and then get blown out on Friday by Franklin.
13. Bishop Blanchet (1-4) The Braves did get their first win against Mariner, but got blown out in both their games against Bainbridge and O’Dea.
This Week: I think Blanchet will lose to Cleveland on Tuesday and lose to Bothell on Wednesday. Zach Lavine will be too much for the Braves to handle.
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