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.
Grant Kepley, senior, Sehome
WHY HE’S #3: There are point guards, shooting guards, and defensive guards and being an all-star at any of the three puts you on the Top 30 list. But Kepley was an all-star as all three. An elite playmaker, he was also a dynamic scorer anywhere within 20 feet of the basket. And when the 6-foot-4 guard wasn’t scoring 17 points and handing out 3 assists a game for the Mariners, he was guarding the other team’s best player and pulling down 5 rebounds a game. Toss in one of the most competitive spirits in the county and you have not only a first-team all-Northwest Conference player but a Class 2A second-team all-state player, according to Scorebook Live.
COACH BRAD JACKSON: “Grant is certainly one of the top players in the league. He plays his best in the toughest games and always plays well when matched against the other team’s best player. His play is evident at both ends of the floor as he is always assigned the toughest cover as well. Grant is a three-level scorer on offense and is an excellent rebounder. He is a fierce competitor and will be a fine college player.”
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.