Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle winds up for a dunk during his school-record 43-point performance in a win over Edmonds-Woodway this past December. The University of Washington-bound star averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game while leading the Tomahawks to a program-best fourth-place state trophy. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle winds up for a dunk during his school-record 43-point performance in a win over Edmonds-Woodway this past December. The University of Washington-bound star averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game while leading the Tomahawks to a program-best fourth-place state trophy. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2019 All-Area high school boys basketball teams

A look at the top boys basketball players in the area this past season.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RaeQuan Battle, sr., W, Marysville Pilchuck

The University of Washington-bound star averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game while leading the Tomahawks to the Wesco 3A/2A title, a district crown and a program-best fourth-place state trophy. In the most spectacular performance of his highlight-filled season, Battle totaled a school-record 43 points and 23 rebounds and made a game-winning layup at the buzzer to beat Edmonds-Woodway.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tevin Dillon, Mariner

In his third season at the helm, the former Mariner standout guided his alma mater to its first winning season since 2009. After three-win campaigns each of the past two years, the Marauders finished 14-10 and advanced to the state regionals.

Mariner coach Tevin Dillon guided his alma mater to the state regionals and the program’s first winning season in a decade. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mariner coach Tevin Dillon guided his alma mater to the state regionals and the program’s first winning season in a decade. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

FIRST TEAM

RaeQuan Battle, sr., W, Marysville Pilchuck

Malakhi Knight, soph., G, Marysville Getchell

Knight averaged 25.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game while leading the Chargers to a program-best 11 wins. The Oregon State baseball commit scored at least 30 points nine times, including a school-record 39 points in a win over Stanwood.

Malakhi Knight averaged 25.7 points per game while leading Marysville Getchell to its best season in program history. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Malakhi Knight averaged 25.7 points per game while leading Marysville Getchell to its best season in program history. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Anthony Whitis, sr., G, Arlington

Whitis averaged 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The standout point guard helped lead the Eagles to the state regionals.

Point guard Anthony Whitis (left) averaged 17.7 points per game to help lead Arlington to the state regionals. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Point guard Anthony Whitis (left) averaged 17.7 points per game to help lead Arlington to the state regionals. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kolton Smith, sr., G, Snohomish

Smith averaged 20.6 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range.

Mitch Jones, sr., F, Stanwood

Jones averaged 16.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while leading the youth-laden Spartans to the state regionals. The 6-foot-4 forward posted six double-doubles, including 27 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Archbishop Murphy.

SECOND TEAM

Edwin Bouah, sr., G, Mariner

Bouah averaged 13 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game. The speedy, do-everything point guard led the Marauders to the state regionals and the program’s first winning season in a decade.

Point guard Edwin Bouah led Mariner to the state regionals and the program’s first winning season since 2009. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Point guard Edwin Bouah led Mariner to the state regionals and the program’s first winning season since 2009. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mutdung Bol, jr., G, Edmonds-Woodway

Bol averaged 17.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. His biggest performance came in a win over Arlington, when he totaled 38 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Mutdung Bol averaged 17.9 points for Edmonds-Woodway. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mutdung Bol averaged 17.9 points for Edmonds-Woodway. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Ben Olesen, sr., G, Jackson

Olesen averaged 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals per game. The senior point guard helped lead the Timberwolves to the Wesco 4A title and a Hardwood Classic appearance.

Point guard Ben Olesen (center) helped lead Jackson to the Wesco 4A title and a Hardwood Classic appearance. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Point guard Ben Olesen (center) helped lead Jackson to the Wesco 4A title and a Hardwood Classic appearance. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Josh Gutierrez, sr., W, Arlington

Josh Gutierrez averaged 15.1 points per game to help lead Arlington to the state regionals. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Josh Gutierrez averaged 15.1 points per game to help lead Arlington to the state regionals. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gutierrez averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while helping lead the Eagles to the state regionals. He hit seven 3-pointers in a district semifinal win over Marysville Getchell.

Skyler Hammer, sr., G/F, Shorewood

Hammer averaged 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range. After a one-win season last year, Hammer led the Thunderbirds on a significant turnaround that fell just short of a state regional appearance.

Eds. note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen by The Herald sports staff based on coach recommendations, season statistics and first-hand observations.

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