In a season filled with outstanding players, Whatcom Hoops ranked the top 30 boys. Each day we featured an amazing player in our county and counted down until we got to #1. We hope you enjoyed the countdown as we honored the best of the best.
Mat Storms, senior, Sehome
WHY HE’S #18: The Mariners’ emotional and colorful — and we’re not just talking about his tattoos — off-guard was dangerous wherever he got the ball whether at the 3-point line or driving to the hoop. He averaged 9 points a game, but what made the 6-foot-3 senior a second-team all-Northwest Conference choice and a Western Washington University signee was his all-around team game, which included 5 rebounds and 2 assists per contest.
COACH BRAD JACKSON: “Without a doubt, Mat is one of the best athletes and most explosive players in the entire conference. While his scoring is down slightly from last year, it is due in part to the high-scoring averages of (Grey) Garrison and (Grant) Kepley as well as good scoring balance throughout the lineup. Extremely difficult to handle going to the basket, Mat also has a great nose for the ball, which has made him a beastly rebounder. Mat’s love for his teammates and remarkable desire to win makes him an ultimate competitor.”
Links to the Whatcom Hoops Top 30
#2: Tyler Sipma, Lynden Christian
#6: Jeremiah Wright, Lynden Christian
#8: Richard Wilson, Lummi Nation
#11: Jerome Toby, Lummi Nation
#12: Ashton Engelhart, Squalicum
#13: Kobe Baar, Lynden
#14: Wyatt Stephan, Bellingham
#15: Griffin Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#18: Mat Storms, Sehome
#19: Brady Ackerman, Nooksack Valley
#22: Dawson Bouma, Lynden Christian
#24: Bennett DeLange, Nooksack Valley
#25: Ethan Larson, Mount Baker
#29: Lane Dykstra, Lynden Christian
#30: Trey Smiley, Lynden
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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.