Whatcom Hoops Boys Top 30: #19 Taran Burks

In an incredible season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops is ranking the top 30 boys. Each day we’ll feature an amazing player in our county and count down until we get to #1. So join us daily as we honor the best of the best.


Taran Burks, senior, Meridian

WHY HE’S #19: The Trojans’ “Ironman” because of his durability and dependability, Burks was the spark plug both offensively and defensively that helped Meridian return to state. The 6-foot point guard played almost every minute of Meridian’s postseason run and finished the season averaging 6.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.5 steals.

COACH SHANE STACY: “Nothing will stick out stat-wise for Taran, but his minutes played in crucial games can’t be overlooked. I believe the only time he was subbed out in our five post-season games was the end of our final game when it was out of reach. Taran was the most valuable player on both ends of the court. His sustained defensive intensity and ability to handle the ball throughout the game in pressure situations was the key to our success. Everyone will remember the game-winning lay-up against Nooksack Valley, but the ability for Taran to corral the ball, take a few dribbles while looking at the time left on the score clock, and noticing that he had time to pass the ball up ahead was a microcosm of the little things that he did for us ‘behind the scenes’ all year and throughout his career.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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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