Whatcom Hoops Boys Top 30: #2 Dawson Bouma

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.


Dawson Bouma, senior, Lynden Christian

WHY HE’S #2: Known mostly as a shut-down defender last season, Bouma nearly tripled his scoring output and became an elite all-around player. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 17.4 points on 41 percent shooting from the 3-point line, 3.2 rebounds, nearly 3 assists, and 1.6 steals in leading the Lyncs to third place at the Class 1A state tournament — all while still being one of the best defenders in the league. He was chosen by the state coaches as the 1A senior of the year and was picked for the coaches all-state game in addition to earning first-team all-Northwest Conference honors.

COACH TIM ZYLSTRA: “Dawson was a tough-nosed kid, who worked his tail off, never missed a game, never missed a practice, and who worked on his offensive game and became a really good shooter and a guy who could get to the hole. He was a strong 6-foot guard who had to guard the other team’s best player no matter how big they were. He always took that challenge on and was the type that never backed down. He played all the minutes in the big games. He and Jeremiah (Wright) were three-year guys who got to experience two state championships and a lot of that came because of them.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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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