Whatcom Hoops Top 30 Boys: #1 Anthony Canales

In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops has ranked the top 30 boys. Each day we featured an amazing player in our county and today we finally get to #1. We hope you enjoyed the countdown as we honored the best of the best.


Anthony Canales, junior, Lynden

WHY HE’S #1: To be the best, you have to stand out against the best and Canales has certainly done that. For the second season in a row, he dominated the Class 2A state tournament and was named the tourney MVP after leading the Lions to back-to-back state championships. An unstoppable offensive force who averaged 20 points a game, the 6-foot-4 guard also led the team with 5.6 rebounds a game, added 2 assists a game, and was another of the Lions’ strong one-on-one defenders. If that wasn’t enough, his enthusiasm for the game and encouragement for his teammates put him on the all-Northwest Conference first team and the Scorebook Live Class 2A all-state first team and made him a deserving #1 player among the Whatcom Hoops Top 30.

COACH BRIAN ROPER: “Most people see Anthony as a skilled scorer and playmaker, but we on the team know that he is a great teammate who practices with great enthusiasm and effort and is a strong encourager of teammates and coaches. Anthony’s love of the game is infectious.”

Links to the Whatcom Hoops Top 30

#2: Tyler Sipma, Lynden Christian

#3: Grant Kepley, Sehome

#4: Grey Garrison, Sehome

#5: Matt Russ, Blaine

#6: Jeremiah Wright, Lynden Christian

#7: Coston Parcher, Lynden

#8: Richard Wilson, Lummi Nation

#9: Lucas Smith, Blaine

#10: Jaeger Fyfe, Meridian

#11: Jerome Toby, Lummi Nation

#12: Ashton Engelhart, Squalicum

#13: Kobe Baar, Lynden

#14: Wyatt Stephan, Bellingham

#15: Griffin Dykstra, Lynden Christian

#16: Carson Lehnert, Blaine

#17: Brant Heppner, Lynden

#18: Mat Storms, Sehome

#19: Brady Ackerman, Nooksack Valley 

#20: Hunter Jones, Meridian 

#21: Xander Sledge, Squalicum 

#22: Dawson Bouma, Lynden Christian

#23: Talon Jenkins, Meridian

#24: Bennett DeLange, Nooksack Valley 

#25: Ethan Larson, Mount Baker 

#26: Damien Toney, Ferndale

#27: Peter Albert, Squalicum

#28: Isaac Lawrence, Sehome 

#29: Lane Dykstra, Lynden Christian

#30: Trey Smiley, Lynden

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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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