Whatcom Hoops Boys Top 30: #1 Anthony Canales

In an incredible season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops is ranking the top 30 boys. Each day we’ve featured an amazing player in our county, and today we’re ending our countdown with #1. So here is the best of the best.


Anthony Canales, senior, Lynden

WHY HE’S #1: Canales not only was the best of the best in 2024, but he cemented his place among the best in the history of Whatcom County basketball. Breaking the season and career scoring records for the county’s winningest program would be enough, but he led Lynden to an historic state championship three-peat and earned the state tournament MVP award for the third year in a row. This season, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists and was chosen first-team all-NWC for the third straight year, the coaches Class 2A co-player of the year, and the Tacoma News Tribune first-team all-state regardless of classification. He was selected to the coaches all-state seniors game, the Washington-Oregon all-star game, and nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game. With his unmatched prep resume and love of the game, Anthony Canales was indeed No.1.

COACH BRIAN ROPER: “The records and accomplishments speak for themselves. Our coaches most appreciated his energy in practice, his presence in the locker room, and his kindness off the court. These are qualities that he can bring with him beyond high school basketball.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#2: Dawson Bouma, Lynden Christian

#3: Jeremiah Wright, Lynden Christian

#4: Brant Heppner, Lynden

#5: Wyatt Stephan, Bellingham

#6: Talon Jenkins, Meridian

#7: Gannon Dykstra, Lynden Christian

#8: Marcus Nixon, Squalicum

#9: Nolan Wright, Sehome

#10: Jerome Toby Jr., Lummi Nation

#11: Jaeger Fyfe, Meridian

#12: Brady Elsner, Lynden

#13: Caden Heutink, Nooksack Valley

#14: Mantaj Singh, Ferndale

#15: Brady Ackerman, Nooksack Valley

#16: Hunter Calloway, Squalicum

#17: Jack Stapleton, Lynden

#18: Noah Tavis, Blaine

#19: Taran Burks, Meridian

#20: Kincade Van Houten, Bellingham

#21: Kayden Stuit, Lynden Christian

#22: Josiah Weeda, Blaine

#23: Austin McKay, Sehome

#24: Bhavnoor Grewal, Ferndale

#25: Luke Smith, Mount Baker

#26: Jonah Brillowsky, Ferndale

#27: Charlie Ayres, Lynden

#28:  Kell Reardon, Mount Baker

#29: Bishop Ootsey, Ferndale

#30: Carter Hill, Mount Baker

Honorable mentions

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Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.

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