(Nick) Price is right for KingCo 4A all-league team
February 28, 2012
By Bob Taylor
A year after getting almost ignored by KingCo Conference 4A coaches on the all-league team, Issaquah High School senior Nick Price was not overlooked this season.
Price earned first-team all-KingCo honors this time when the all-league team was announced. Once again, Price has impressive statistics. He ranked third in KingCo scoring by averaging 19.7 points per game. Price also helped lead the Eagles to the KingCo 4A title game and a Class 4A regional berth.
“I was real happy for him,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said.
As a junior, Price earned honorable mention despite being the top scorer in the Crest Division. This time, he was one of three candidates for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
“He was unanimous all-KingCo. His play and leadership was respected by all coaches,” Griffith said.
Price had a game-high of 41 points earlier this season. However, he became more of a complete player this season.
“He was second on our team in rebounds, he led in steals and was one of our assist leaders,” Griffith said. “This year, what really separated him from past seasons was his ability to do a lot of other things. When you look at his overall development, he made big strides in all facets of his game. His development was a direct correlation with our team’s success. His leadership helped guide some of our younger players on the court.”
Price has not decided on a college for next season. Griffith said a decision will be made sometime in the next two months.
The Eagles had two players who received honorable mention: freshman guard Ty Gibson and senior forward Fletcher Martin.
Gibson was one of the Eagles’ steadiest players late in the season.
“In the first half of the season, he was adjusting to the physical part of the game. In the second half, we saw him take some big, big steps. Down the stretch he averaged around 16-17 points a game for us,” Griffith said.
Martin was a strong rebounder for the Eagles this season and one of their senior leaders.
The all-KingCo first team included forwards Tucker Haymond and TreVaunte Williams, of Garfield; guards Perrian Callendret and Zach LaVine, of Bothell; forward Jason Harrington, of Redmond; and guard Will Parker, of Skyline.
Haymond, who averaged 21.7 points and led the Bulldogs to the KingCo title, was selected as the league’s MVP. LaVine led the conference in scoring with a 23.9 average. Both Garfield and Skyline advanced to the Class 4A State Tournament.
The second team included forward Lucas Shannon, of Skyline. Max Browne and Bryan Cikatz, of Skyline, earned honorable mention.