Former Trail Blazers Star Brandon Roy Has Become An Elite High School Basketball Coach In Seattle

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Brandon Roy head coach of Nathan Hale

How an Ex-NBA player turns a basketball team into the No. 1 3A team in Washington and top 10 high school team in the nation.

Former University of Washington Huskies and Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy was once a star in college and the NBA. Now, he’s helping his own community out at the high school level in Seattle, Washington with a lot of talent and skill.

Brandon Roy is a first-year head coach at Nathan Hale high school located in north Seattle area. Roy was hired last year, taking a 3-18 overall record team to a 24-0 overall season this year. Take about major upgrade!

Brandon Roy made history taking a 3-18 team last year, to a 24-0 record this season leading Hale to their first Seattle Metro League boys basketball championship since 1992. Nathan Hale is now a perfect 24-0 and a top 10 nationally ranked high school basketball program.In Roy first season as head coach he was able to turn around a 3-18 team into a 24-0 team.

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Brandon Roy coaching Nathan Hale

The Miracle Man

Since Brandon Roy has joined Nathan Hale boy’s basketball team, Roy has received new player’s and changed the Raider’s program from losing to winning. Just a thought, how much of an impact did Brandon Roy change the high school team from losing to winning? Well, Roy has made the biggest impact in Nathan Hale history by turning their program around and making them the top team in the state of Washington and top 10 nationally ranked team in the nation.

To me it’s crazy how much a coach can have an influence on kid’s decision, to transfer schools based on a head coach status. Not to mention Brandon Roy is a hometown favorite who went to Garfield high school, and attended the University of Washington, where he led the Huskies to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen twice in a row.

Nathan Hale also has one of the top players in the country in Michael Porter Jr., who is ranked No.1 for the class of 2017. Porter Jr. and his younger brother’s have joined him at Hale, as well a top 25 recruit in the class of 2019 P.J. Fuller and other new transfers. Roy has one of the top player’s in the nation who he has the privilege to coach and mentor.

Next season Michael Porter Jr. will attend the University of Washington as a top ranked freshmen. Porter Jr. is already considered a top lottery pick in the NBA, and he will be a one-and-done athlete after his freshman year to the NBA.

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Brandon Roy hugs his star Michael Porter Jr. after defeating the No. 1-ranked team

The Coach

Nathan Hale is playing in the 3A state tournament this week, and is the top seed in their bracket. My predictions are Hale will go all the way to the finals, and win the 3A state title. The reason why I believe Hale has the best chance of taking it all is because, for starters Hale has the top player in the nation in Michael Porter Jr. point proven, a head coach who has played at all level’s of competitive basketball in Brandon Roy and a balanced team who is not selfish.

Currently undefeated in the state of Washington and ranked No. 6 nationally, Hale has proven themselves against some of the country’s top basketball teams and one.  The team winning makes Brandon Roy seem much like, the all time best high school coach in the state. It also helps that he as a perfect record of 24-0 overall in his first year. Impressive! Brandon Roy will go down as one of the top high school basketball coaches, in the state of Washington.

That is why if the University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar does not win next year with Michael Porter Jr., you can consider his job in jeopardy. I see a bright future that Brandon Roy could be the next head coach at his alma mater at the University of Washington as a Husky.

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Is Markelle Fultz among Washington Huskies top guards ever

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Lorenzo Romar considers Markelle Fultz the best guard he ever coached, despite coaching UW legends Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas.

Although the University of Washington Huskies men’s basketball program has been a sure disappointment this season, Markelle Fultz is the talk around Seattle, Washington. Lorenzo Romar the head coach of the UW Huskies has always had talent, especially at the guard position such as greats like Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, Terrance Ross and recently Dejounte Murray. Romar has always produced “1-and-done” talent at Hec Ed Pavillion, and went to the NBA but this year is a different story.

Markelle Fultz, who entered this season as one of the nation’s top basketball recruits was seen high expectations from the city of Seattle and the nation to bring the University of Washington back to the NCAA tournament. Star freshmen Markelle Fultz is projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft this June. But, that  does not matter since Fultz’s and the Huskies are struggling in the Pac-12 this season. The Huskies are now 9-12 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12 ranking them No. 11 in conference play. Fultz’s is averaging 23.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

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For starters, the Huskies basketball team has underperformed thus far and hasn’t made the NCAA tournament since 2010-11 season. Despite the Huskies having a struggling season, Lorenzo Romar believes that Markelle Fultz is the best player he had a privilege to coach. Even though Romar had greats like Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas, he feels that Fultz’s brings a totally different package to the Huskies with a variety of shooting from behind the arc, creating shots, ball dominance, court vision and under the radar athleticism. Fultz’s is the ideal new-age NBA point guard who can do it all, but besides to win basketball games. Is it his fault or the coaching staff? One may wonder what the issue seem’s to be for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies this season.

 

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Why UW?

One may think why did Markelle Fultz select UW to play his collegiate season? Fultz received a lot of offers to play for any college in the nation. The reason for Markelle going to UW is Lorenzo Romar, connection between each other. Markelle feels that he trusts Romar plan for the young star athlete, and he fits into Romar system and he can help him develop his game to the next level.

Both Brandon Roy and Isaiah Thomas lead UW to an NCAA appearance, but as of right now the young core Huskies will not be going to the tournament again after the season ends. What does this mean for Lorenzo Romar will he still be head coach? As of right now the University feel’s confident with Romar, since he produces NBA guards frequently. After, this season the Huskies will be adding All-American five star recruit and lottery draft pick Michael Porter Jr. to the men’s Huskies team next season. Will Romar change next season’s new Huskies and win the Pac-12 tournament and go to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010-11 season.

 

Source: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-husky-basketball/watch-lorenzo-romar-rates-markelle-fultz-among-greatest-uw-guards/

 

Michael Porter Jr. and the Nathan Hale Raiders defeat Oak Hill Acdemy at Hoophall Classic

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Jan. 16, 2017- Micheal Porter Jr. and Nathan Hale player’s receive bragging rights and trophy during the MLK classic against Oak hill academy

All-American Micheal Porter Jr. shows off his skills while defeating No. 7 Oak Hill Academy

Seattle Washington newest elite basketball player Michael Porter Jr. coming out of Nathan Hale High school in north Seattle, was the talk of the Martin Luther King day basketball classic tournament. Nathan Hale played against one of the premier basketball prep schools in the country Oak Hill Academy. Nathan Hale put away Oak Hill Academy 80-77.

The All-American Michael Porter Jr. dropped 37 points as the Raiders topped one of the best prep schools in the country. Porter also delivered  five rebounds with four assists and three steals in the game that was broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.

“Maybe this is the first time a lot of people have seen us play, but (Porter) is the type of guy that tried to do everything and he can do a lot,” Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy said.

Oak Hill, ranked No. 7 in the nation and Nathan Hale ranked No. 8, the Raiders (14-0) proves that Hale is a power house in the state of Washington.

Porter Jr. was not alone in this win with teammate help from P.J. Fuller II who also sparked an offensive game, by dropping 17 points to match Porter Jr.  Micheal’s younger brother Jontay Porter who had 13 points with seven rebounds and a few assists.

As you can see Porter Jr. is a humble kid who values his teammates effort and support to lead the Raiders to defeat Oak Hill Academy. Be on the look out for the Raider’s to make an impact from here on out, where they are hoping to make it to the state tournament and win it all.

Michael Porter Jr. has recently committed to the University of Washington men’s basketball program.  Michael Porter Jr. is rated No. 2 in ESPN for class of 2017. In hopes of the Huskies returning to the Pac-12 tournament after failing to reach it multiple times, the Huskies are confident that come around 2017-2018 season the Huskies will make a return to the NCAA division I tournament.

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