2014-15 HOOP SCOOP


1st teamers have all moved on, only four returning seniors scored higher than 10 ppg last season, and the league rosters are flooded with 1st year Letterman seniors and underclassmen with something to prove.  It is a recycling year for the boys and I see a young league being taken over by the Sophomores and Juniors as the leaders of their respective teams.

Seniors to watch-

Will McPhee– McPhee runs the show for the defensive minded Panthers squad and brings a ton of experience to each nights match up and will have a leg up on the younger guards in the league this season putting him in a good position to make a run at an All GSL team.

Max Hess  He is the best defender on that Panther squad mentioned earlier that tries to suffocate teams with pressure defense.  If Hess has become a more aggressive and consistent scorer over the summer he could potentially dominate  from both ends.  Just watch!

George Pilimai–  The “Hawaiian Baller” is one of the more versatile and athletic players in Spokane.  This year with Shadle he may or may not league the team in scoring as they are loaded with very skilled underclassmen, but if he picks up where he left off last year hes good enough to lead the league in scoring and be 1st team, capping a senior year full of media hype, considering he just finished up providing the “hands” for superstar QB Brett Rypein’s record setting run.

Melik Hampton– The Hampton could be a force this year!  Hopefully he gets a full season under his belt to show our city he is a legit post player that can dominate if he puts forth the effort on the glass.  As the lone big for the Pirates he will most likely get a large chunk of his scoring opportunities from offensive rebounds, free throws, and fast breaks that he starts by swatting shots.  A smooth lefty, this is his chance to wake up the sleepers in his final year as a Rogers Pirate.

Noah Higley–  Noah is an under rated, energy player with good quickness for the North Central squad.  He will be under-sized as a post but don’t let that fool you.  He is a flash when taking the ball to the hoop and can defend bigger players with his long arms and athleticism.

Underclassmen Im excited to watch:

Ben Stevens (MT SPO)-  Can be a leader for Mt Spokane with his well-rounded game.

Kyle Griffiths (MT SPO)-  An athletic wing that will battle with anyone.

KJ Hassett(ROGERS)-  A true point guard with a solid three and great defensive awareness.

Tate Dunbar(ROGERS)-   A very tough competitor with quick feet and good range.  Defensive player of the year?

Riley Smith(NC)-  The team leader with great court awareness and ability.

Isaiah Hernandez(LC)- A very good all around player with tons of international experience.

Andreas Brown(SHADLE)-  A strong, silky 6-3 guard who could dominate this season.

Kobe Reece(SHADLE)-  A confident, long armed shot blocker with a ton of potential.

Cameron Tucker(CV)-  Could be the best pure basketball player in the league as a Junior.

Austin Dill(U HIGH)-  A smart, solid all around player with the sky as his limit.


GIRLS  mkayhoops

The 2104-15 season will say farewell to even more great girl hoopers from the Spokane area.  I’m amazed at how many good players the GSL puts out into the college ranks year in and year out.  This season we must take advantage and watch these special players while we have the chance as most of them are taking a ride into another state to continue their careers.

My favorites Seniors to watch:

Michaela Kay(LC) – One of my favorite players, she defends like no other and knows when to pick her spots on offense as she can drill the three when left open.  “Special K” is a TRUE leader and teammate and will no doubt find her self on the first team at season’s end.

Janieva Bates(LC)-  A quick and feisty defender with a good drive.  Part of the 3 headed backcourt for the Lady Tigers who will make a strong run this season.

Shyla Carr(SHADLE)-  She’s possibly the best 3 point shooter in the league and gets VERY hot from outside.  Carr will be one of the top scorers and possible All League selection.

Laura Stockton(G_PREP)- A very skilled and tough ball player.…. Go figure.

Oti Gildon(G-PREP)-   She’s the real deal, if you haven’t already witnessed the O-G you have to see it to believe it.  Odds are you probably already have.  I heard she is even better this year as she has been working on your “guard” skills.  Uh oh, can you say MVP?

Sue Winger(MEAD) – Winger provides a good scoring punch and will challenge the top end scorers.  She is also not afraid to block some shots as one of the taller wing players in town.

Emma Kennedy(U-HIGH)-  The lady Titans have a solid core of players and she is the floor leader with an attack mentality all the time.  She will win you over with her aggressiveness and court awareness.


Underclassmen I’m excited to see:

Kaiti Pannell(H-HIGH)- A very fundamental high post player who will knock down the mid range jumper.

Riley Lupfer(LC)-  The 6-0 junior point guard shows a playground handle with a silky smooth jump shot that will be cast at will.

Megan Dean(NC)-  The flame never dies in this fire storm of a player.

Bria Bowton(FERRIS)-  Bria brings with her experience and leadership to the group in silver and red.

Brenna Junkermier(MEAD)-  Lets see how close she follows the path her older sis has paved.

All of the Lady Bear lettering frosh–  Going to be fun to watch this season.




Youth Basketball Program

Teacher and Student

The Catch Spokane Youth Basketball program is designed to teach players how to improve fundamentally and fit within a team before they reach the high school level. We work on fundamentals and individual skills that will progress into a team atmosphere. A player must first be disciplined and knowledgeable about what he/she can do physically and also know what they need to improve on both physically and mentally as they grow and before they can form a true player identity to be successfully placed onto a competitive team, within a role that allows the best opportunity to continue to thrive as a player and teammate. If your son/daughter is not currently playing on a team and would like to, we can help make those connections available.

Each player will develop through a series of clinics that start with fun and lead to a sense of pride and accomplishment on and off the court. Each level of education and training will build confidence and lead onward, continuously growing by various goals set for each individual.

The game of basketball is great and at the youth level it needs to keep all players smiling, laughing, and being friendly, because at it’s core it is a driveway game of H.O.R.S.Eon Thanksgiving with your sisters, a game of around the worldat a family reunion, or for most in Spokane a Hoopfest team in late June… It shouldn’t be taken too seriously for most. “Seriousness” will come at a certain point for a select few and we plan to play a part in that journey as well.

Catch Spokane’s Youth Basketball program will bring a unique and sincere effort to support and train ALL young players and families that are able and willing to grow and learn by being adaptable, responsible, versatile, and mentally strong as individuals. Dedicated, loyal, respectful, and accountable as teammates.

For the love of the game and a brighter future, we hope you join our team!

DROP-INS WELCOME, come any Saturday you are available from now until DEC 20th.  More Clinics to come after the new year just check our facebook or webpage.

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