Whatcom Hoops Boys Top 30: #8 Marcus Nixon

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.


Marcus Nixon, junior, Squalicum

WHY HE’S #8: What’s remarkable about Nixon is not that the powerful 6-foot-1 guard is one of the best basketball players in the Northwest Conference but that basketball is really his “other” sport. After averaging less than 2 points a game as a sophomore, Nixon exploded on the scene this season, averaging 16 points, nearly 7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and a league-leading 3 steals a game. The Division I football prospect could take over any game as he did with 32 points against Bellingham. In addition to being the Storm’s leader on the court and earning the team’s most improved award, Nixon was named to the all-NWC second team.

COACH TYLER HANNIGAN: “Marcus was the backbone of our team this season, showcasing remarkable improvement and leadership on and off the court. Not only did his efforts show up in the box score but his consistent dedication was invaluable to our success with a squad that had no seniors. He is a true team player and leader, and I am incredibly proud to have coached him.”

Links to previous Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#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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