• 2019 NCAA Tournament loaded with former Washington state high school basketball stars

    By: Riley Michel

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    For the first time since Eastern Washington and Gonzaga qualified in 2015, the state of Washington had two schools represented in the NCAA Tournament,

    The Washington Huskies won their first NCAA Tournament game since 2011 in their 78-61 victory over Utah State but fell to No. 1 Seed North Carolina, ending their season. 

    On the other side of the state, the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs marked their 21st straight NCAA Tournament with a dominant 87-49 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. The Zags followed up their opening round win with a 83-71 victory over Baylor for a spot in the Sweet 16 against Florida State. 

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    The following is a list of former Washington state high school basketball players on teams in this year's NCAA tournament: 

    University of Washington - (9) UW lost to (1) North Carolina 81-59.

    Leading the way with eight players who played their high school ball in Washington, the University of Washington was loaded with local talent this season.  

    David Crisp: The Huskies' senior point guard began his high school career at Clover Park High School in Lakewood before transferring to Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. Crisp helped lead Rainier Beach to its third-straight state championship before he transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. 

    2019 Tournament: Crisp had eight points, one assist and one rebound in 24 minutes against Utah State and eight points, one assist and one steal in the loss to North Carolina.  

    Matisse Thybulle: Thybulle, the new all-time steals leader in the Pac-12, played two seasons at Skyline High School before he transferred to Eastside Catholic. At Eastside Catholic, Thybulle led his team to the Class 3A state semifinals.

    2019 Tournament: Thybulle finished wiith 10 points, five steals and three blocks in 30 minutes against Utah State and two points, two blocks, four steals and four assists in the loss to North Carolina. 

    Dominic Green: Green, a senior sharpshooter for the Huskies, played high school basketball at Hazen High School in Renton. Green originally committed to play at Arizona State University, but ultimately chose to stay at home to play for the Huskies.  

    2019 Tournament: Green played 11 minutes, with three points and two rebounds in the Huskies' win against Utah State and three points in 18 minutes against North Carolina. 

    Jaylen Nowell: Nowell, a sophomore who was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, starred at Garfield High School in Seattle before he committed to play at the University of Washington. 

    2019 Tournament: Nowell played a game-high 38 minutes for the Huskies and finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the Huskies' opening-round win and had a team-gh 12 points in the loss to North Carolina. 

    Jason Crandall: A junior from Issaquah High School, Crandall began his career as a manager for the Huskies before ultimately earning a spot on the team's roster. 

    2019 Tournament: Crandall played one minute in the Huskies' win against Utah State and one minute in the Huskies' loss to North Carolina. 

    Quin Barnard: Barnard led the O'Dea Fighting Irish to an appearance in the 3A state championship in his senior year. The six-foot-tall guard scored 1,300 career points at O'Dea and was named to the All-Metro team twice. 

    2019 Tournament: Barnard played one minute in the Huskies' win against Utah State and one minute in the Huekies loss to North Carolina. 

    Riley Sorn: The tallest player on the Huskies roster, 7-foot-4 inch Riley Sorn led Richland High School to a fifth-place finish in the 2018 state tournament. 

    Noah Neubauer: Neubauer, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard, starred at Garfield High School in Seattle before joining the Huskies. 

    Montana University - (15) Montana lost 74-55 against (2) Michigan

    Second on this list, with six players who played high school basketball in Washington, the Montana Grizzlies made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. 

    Donaven Dorsey: A redshirt senior out of Timeline High School in Lacey, Dorsey began his career playing for the University of Washington. Dorsey played two seasons for the Huskies, appearing in 55 games with eight starts. Dorsey transferred to Montana following his sophomore season. 

    2019 Tournament: Dorsey played 17 minutes with eight points and one rebound in the Grizzlies' loss. 

    Freddy Brown III: A 2018 graduate of Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Brown won a national championship in 2017 under former University of Washington star Brandon Roy. Brown is also the grandson of former Seattle SuperSonics star "Downtown" Freddie Brown. 

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    2019 Tournament: Brown played two minutes and had one rebound in the Grizzlies' loss. 

    Ahmaad Rorie: The redshirt senior for the Grizzlies started high school at Clover Park High School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 2014. Rorie played his freshman season at the University of Oregon before transferring to Montana. 

    2019 Tournament: Rorie played a game-high 37 minutes for Montana and finished with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. 

    Bobby Moorehead: A 6-foot-7 inch senior for Montana, Moorehead graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 2015. Moorehead was named the 4A Narrows League MVP after averaging 26.5 points and 11 rebounds per game his senior season. 

    2019 Tournament: Moorehead had four points, six rebounds and four steals in the Grizzlies' loss. 

    Peter Jones: Jones, a redshirt freshman for Montana, graduated from O'Dea High School in Seattle in 2017. Jones helped the Fighting Irish reach the state championship game as a junior. 

    Tony Miller: A 6-foot-6 inch forward for Montana, Miller graduated from Woodinville High School in 2016 and was named the KingCo Player of the Year his senior season. Miller played two seasons at Seattle Pacific University before he transferred to Montana. 

    Gonzaga University - (1) Gonzaga plays (4) Flordia State, Thursday at 4:09 p.m. on KIRO 7.

    A perennial power in college basketball, Gonzaga University has traditionally drawn talent from all over the globe on its way to 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. 

    Corey Kispert: The lone representative from Washington on Gonzaga's roster, Kispert led King's High School to two straight state championships before graduating in 2017. 

    2019 Tournament: Kispert had three points, three steels and five rebounds in Gonzaga's win over Fairleigh-Dickinson and 16 points, on four-for-six shooting from downtown, in the win against Baylor. 

    Saint Louis University - (13) Saint Louis lost 66-52 against (4) Virginia Tech 

    The only team on this list not near the West Coast, Saint Louis returns to NCAA Tournament action for the first time since 2014. 

    Tramaine Isabell Jr.: A redshirt senior guard for the Billikens, Isabell was named first team All-State after leading Garfield High School to the Washington Class 4A State Championship as a senior. Isabell played at the University of Missouri for two seasons, transferred to Drexel University before ending up at St. Louis. 

    2019 Tournament: Isabell had 11 points and two rebounds in 38 minutes in the Billikens' loss. 

    University of California Irvine - (13) UC Irvine lost to (12) Oregon 73-54.

    The anteaters of UC Irvine kicked off only their second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history with a 70-64 upset win against (4) Kansas State but fell 73-54 to No. 12 Oregon, ending their season.  

    Collin Welp: A 6-foot-9 inch forward out of Seattle Prep High School, Welp was named All-State twice and scored over 1,000 career points for the Panthers. Welp's father, Christian, played four years at the University of Washington and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1986. 

    2019 Tournament: Welp had eight points, three rebounds and two steals in the Anteaters' upset win against Kansas State and zero points and one rebound in the loss to Oregon. 

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