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2000-2001 Star Times basketball teams

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Star Times players and coaches are selected by the Seattle Times sportswriters and editors who cover high-school basketball. Players are picked from schools in King and Snohomish counties.
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Erik Bond
Seattle Prep High School, 6-7, senior, forward, 19.0 points/game

Two-time Star Times selection and all-time leading scorer at Seattle Prep with 1,894 points. Averaged 19 points this season. MVP of state tournament as a junior and also was named all-state while leading Seattle Prep to school's first 3A title. Will play for California.

Jeffrey Day
Seattle Prep High School, 6-9, senior, center, 15.0 points/game

Washington recruit just keeps getting better and better. Member of 2000 state-title team at Seattle Prep and helped Prep to fourth-place finish this year. Averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds this season. Jumping improved after summer operation to remove bone spur. Good shot-blocker.

Aaron Fitzgerald
Kennedy High School, 6-2, senior, forward, 36.0 points/game

A two-time MVP in the Seamount League, Fitzgerald was the do-everything guy for the Lancers, averaging 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Can penetrate or shoot the threes. Creates scoring opportunities with his defense. Signed with Portland State.

Erroll Knight
Chief Sealth High School, 6-6, senior, guard, 19.0 points/game

Future Husky averaged 19 points for the Seahawks, who got to state for the first time since 1989. Athletic, explosive and fun to watch. Nothing special when he entered high school, but improved dramatically and turned into a player sought by Kansas and Syracuse.

Brandon Roy
Garfield High School, 6-6, junior, forward, 18.7 points/game

KingCo 4A MVP and only unanimous first-team selection in the league. Averaged 18.7 points in regular season and more than 19 during Garfield's four games at state tournament. Has received recruiting interest from all Pac-10 schools as well as North Carolina State.

Mike Bethea
Rainier Beach boys coach

Won Metro League title for third year of past four, won Sea-King District title for third straight time and finished second at state, losing to Mount Vernon. Rainier Beach has finished 1-7-3-2 past four years at state. Bethea's 1998 team won state title. The Vikings, the only team to beat 4A Garfield during regular season, surprised opponents by sometimes going to four-corners offense.

Kayla Burt
Arlington High School, 5-11, senior, guard, 27.4 points/game

Two-time Star Times selection finished her high-school career with brilliance, taking the Eagles to state for the third time in the past four seasons. Made the all-tournament first team after finishing as leading scorer (20 ppg). Burt finished her prep career with 2,241 points. Averaged 27.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3,8 steals and 3.8 assists a game this season. Will play for the Washington.

Kayla Huss Cascade High School, 5-9, senior, guard, 21.7 points/game

Bruins' steady, clutch-shooting point guard guided her team to the Class 4A state tournament with a 21.7-point average before state. Scored 1,777 points in her career. A four-year starter, mainly at point guard, where she recorded more than 400 assists. Will play for Santa Clara.

Kedzie Gunderson
Bellevue High School, 6-0, senior, forward, 12.9 points/game

Two-time Star Times selection who has been named All-KingCo 3A first team three times and chosen co-MVP as a senior. Wolverines became first to win three straight KingCo titles in her three seasons, and they placed at state every year. Her scoring average of 12.9 points doesn't do justice to how athletic and creative she is in the open court. Will attend Oregon.

Kristen O'Neill
Meadowdale High School, 6-1, senior, guard, 19.3 points/game

Parade All-American was the driving force behind the Mavericks' return to state, where the defending champions finished fourth. Named first-team all-WesCo 3A before being named first-team all-tournament at state for the second straight year. Averaged 19.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 5.8 steals this season. Will play for Washington.

Quinn Thomas
Kent-Meridian High School, 5-9, senior, guard, 20.2 points/game

Thomas earned co-MVP honors in the SPSL North Division for the second year in a row, averaging 20.2 points, 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds. An outstanding three-point shooter, she led the Royals to the 4A state tournament this season, and has signed with Santa Clara.

Karen Blair
Meadowdale girls coach

Seventh-year Maverick coach took Lynnwood school to state for the sixth time in her career. A former player and assistant coach at Meadowdale whose Mavericks win with defense and rebounding. Won WesCo 3A title this season and her team took fourth at state. Has a career record of 158-31, including a 23-4 mark this season.