Mariner’s BJ Kolly is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mariner’s BJ Kolly is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 All-Area high school boys basketball teams

A look at the top prep boys basketball players in the area during this abbreviated season.

Editor’s 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.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Malakhi Knight, sr., G, Marysville Getchell

Click here for The Herald’s player of the year story on Knight.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tevin Dillon, Mariner

Dillon guided the Marauders to a dominant 10-0 season. Mariner was the lone Wesco team to finish unbeaten and outscored opponents by 23.4 points per game, while winning all but two of its contests by at least 20 points. It marks the latest chapter of the Marauders’ massive turnaround under Dillon, who has transformed his alma mater’s once-struggling program since taking the helm in 2016.

FIRST TEAM

Malakhi Knight, sr., G, Marysville Getchell

Knight is The Herald’s player of the year for the second consecutive season. After leading the Chargers to their first-ever state tournament appearance last year, the UCLA baseball signee and projected early-round Major League Baseball draft pick averaged 28.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 4.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per game this spring. He scored more than 35 points in three of the nine games he played and led Marysville Getchell to a 6-4 record. He averaged more than 25 points per game in each of the last three seasons and finished with approximately 1,800 career points, despite an abbreviated senior year.

Shorecrest’s Elijah Johnson is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Shorecrest’s Elijah Johnson is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Elijah Johnson, jr., G, Shorecrest

Johnson averaged 29.3 points, seven assists and two rebounds per game while leading the Scots to a 9-1 campaign. Early in the season, he made a game-winning putback at the buzzer to lift Shorecrest to a win over Archbishop Murphy.

Mariner’s BJ Kolly is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mariner’s BJ Kolly is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

BJ Kolly, sr., P, Mariner

Kolly averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game while playing a key role in the Marauders’ dominant 10-0 season. His all-around play helped Mariner finish with both the top scoring offense and top scoring defense in Wesco.

Tucker Molina, sr., W, Glacier Peak

Molina averaged 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists. The versatile 6-foot-7 wing helped lead the Grizzlies to a 7-2 campaign.

Glacier Peak’s Bobby Siebers is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Glacier Peak’s Bobby Siebers is a first-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Bobby Siebers, jr., W, Glacier Peak

Siebers averaged 19.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists while helping lead the Grizzlies to a 7-2 season.

Lakewood’s Shae Dixon (1) is a first-team All-Area selection. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lakewood’s Shae Dixon (1) is a first-team All-Area selection. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Shae Dixon, sr., G, Lakewood

Dixon averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the field and leading the Cougars to a 9-1 campaign. He tied a school record with 43 points in a win over Cedarcrest.

SECOND TEAM

Stanwood’s Cort Roberson is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Stanwood’s Cort Roberson is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Cort Roberson, sr., G, Stanwood

Roberson averaged 21 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The University of Wyoming preferred walk-on shot 38% from 3-point range.

Arlington’s Ethan Martin is a second-team All-Area selection. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Arlington’s Ethan Martin is a second-team All-Area selection. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ethan Martin, jr., W, Arlington

Martin averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per game.

Taras Fesiienko, sr., G, Everett

Fesiienko averaged 19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Mariner’s Henry Avra (right) is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mariner’s Henry Avra (right) is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Henry Avra, sr., W, Mariner

Avra averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game while playing a key role in the Marauders’ dominant 10-0 season. His all-around play helped Mariner finish with both the top scoring offense and top scoring defense in Wesco.

Kamiak’s Brendan Beier (right) is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kamiak’s Brendan Beier (right) is a second-team All-Area selection. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Brendan Beier, sr., G, Kamiak

Beier averaged 18 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 51% from the field. He led the Knights to a 7-5 campaign.

Jace Breakfield, sr., P, Mountlake Terrace

Breakfield averaged 12 points, 9.3 rebounds and two blocks per game while helping lead the Hawks to an 8-2 season. The 6-foot-6 post was a key part of a Mountlake Terrace defense that allowed the second-fewest points per game in Wesco.

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