All-City Boys Basketball Team: Dickerson is Federal Way's best

Federal Way senior Cole Dickerson averaged 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game for the Eagles, who finished second, first and third during the last three seasons at the state tournament. Dickerson earned the Mirror
Federal Way senior Cole Dickerson averaged 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game for the Eagles, who finished second, first and third during the last three seasons at the state tournament. Dickerson earned the Mirror's 2010 Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
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Cole Dickerson was Federal Way’s silent assassin all season long.

The 6-foot-7 senior was one of the most consistent players in the state after averaging 22.9 points and nine rebounds a game. He did all this with a ton of expectations on his back while playing for the defending Class 4A state champions and without bumping his gums about how good of a player he is.

During the last three seasons, Dickerson helped the Eagles place first, second and third at the Class 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament. As a senior, Dickerson has already been named the South Puget Sound League North Player of the Year, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year and the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s 4A Player of the Year.

Dickerson can add one more title to his ever-growing resume — the Mirror’s All-City Player of the Year.

“It’s really good to see him come into his own. We really relied on him,” said Federal Way head coach Jerome Collins.

Dickerson will take his game to the University of San Francisco next season. He signed to play for the Dons in November after a stellar junior season when he led the 2009 state champs in scoring at 17.5 points a game.

“From the first time I saw Cole play, I loved his feel for the game. He has good size, can really shoot the basketball and has an advanced offensive understanding of the game,” said USF head coach Rex Walters. “Cole can score a lot of different ways. He can post up, can shoot the three, can bounce it and get his own shot. He comes from a state championship program and Coach Collins has done a great job with him. His family is a basketball family.”

This is the fifth year in a row that a Federal Way player has signed with a Division I college program. Terrell Smith inked with the University of the Pacific in 2006, Pooh Williams signed with Utah State in ‘07, Aaron Broussard signed with Seattle University in 2008 and Jeff Forbes is currently a freshman at Eastern Washington University.

Isiah Umipig, Federal Way

The 6-foot point guard was the heart and soul of the Eagles all season long. The Cal State Fullerton-signee averaged just 14.1 points a game, but could have been a 20-point-a-night scorer if he wasn’t so concerned about getting his teammates involved. His unselfish play led Federal Way to a perfect 16-0 record in the SPSL North and the state’s top ranking all season long.

Umipig single-handedly willed the Eagles to an overtime win over Gonzaga Prep during the state quarterfinals last week. Umipig scored 17 of Federal Way’s final 22 points, including a game-winning layup with eight seconds remaining on the clock.

Umipig also led the SPSL in assists at 7.4 a game and shot an amazing 93.8 from the free-throw line during the regular season.

Umipig’s impressive senior season came a year after playing just 13 games during the regular season after suffering an ankle injury. But he led all scorers during the Eagles’ win over the Garfield Bulldogs in the state title game last season, finishing with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Kevin Davis, Beamer

The 6-foot-8 forward was a beast all season long for the Titans. Davis was a triple-double threat every time he stepped on the court for 17-8 Beamer.

Davis averaged 21.3 points per game and was held in single-digits just once during the season. Davis tallied eight points in a loss to Kentwood in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at districts.

Davis also led the SPSL in rebounding for the second year in a row at 15.3 a game and blocked an amazing 6.6 shots a game. He was named the SPSL South Most Valuable Player and was recognized around the state as one of the top dunkers.

As a fifth-year senior, Davis will take his game to a national-level junior college next year, where he will acquire his Associates of Arts degree before transferring to a four-year program. Beamer head coach Brent Brilhante said North Idaho College and the College of Southern Idaho are Davis’ top choices.

The University of Washington and Lorenzo Romar might be Davis’ next stop. Romar watched Davis play in person this season and the Beamer senior was also seen sitting behind the Husky bench at several home games.

This is Davis’ second appearance on the All-City Team. Last year he averaged 16.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks while leading the Titans to their first-ever state tournament appearance.

Jerron Smith, Decatur

The 6-foot-3 silky-smooth junior makes his second appearance on the Mirror’s All-City Team after leading the Gators to their fourth-straight Class 4A state tournament.

The first-team, All-SPSL South selection led Decatur in scoring at 20.9 points a game and failed to score in double digits just once. In the last two seasons, Smith has scored in double figures in 58 of 60 games. He tallied 30 or more points five times this season.

Smith will return for his senior season in hopes of leading the Gators to their fifth state tournament in a row. But Decatur will be competing as a Class 3A school during the 2010-11 season.

Jordan McCloud, Decatur

The senior was the Gators’ best post player all season long and was a first-team, All-SPSL South selection. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 16.8 points and 12 rebounds a game for Decatur and also shot 50 percent from the field.

McCloud finished with nine 20-plus point games and scored a career-high 31 during a Jan. 26 loss to the South champion Curtis Vikings.

McCloud is the only player in Decatur history to play at four state tournaments and will play college basketball somewhere next year, according to Decatur head coach Kevin Olson.

Honorable Mention

• Eric Radford, Jefferson — The versatile 6-foot-4 senior averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 50 percent from behind the 3-point line. Was a second-team, All-SPSL North selection.

• Napa Mefi, Beamer — The junior guard was the Titans’ second option all season and averaged 16.8 points and four rebounds. Tallied double-digit points in all but two games and finished with 30 in a big district win over Mount Tahoma.

• Jeff Brigham, Jefferson — The senior might have been the best pure shooter in the SPSL. The University of Washington-bound baseball player led the Raiders at 16.9 points a game and made 70 3-pointers during the season.

• Robert Christopher, Federal Way — The 6-foot-5 senior averaged 10 points and seven rebounds a game for the Eagles. He shot 54 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line.

• Terrell Williams, Decatur — The junior was the Gators’ best defender and also averaged nine points, three rebounds and three assists.

• Spencer Hicks, Jefferson — The 6-foot-7 senior averaged eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots a game for the Raiders.

• Tyrell Lewis, Federal Way — Probably the most athletic player in the SPSL and maybe the state. The 6-foot-3 Lewis had numerous highlight-reel dunks during the season, but also averaged nine points and five rebounds.

• Jerry Duckworth, Federal Way — Was the Eagles’ 3-point specialist all year, hitting an amazing 59 percent (36 for 61) during the SPSL regular season, while averaging eight points.

• Terrelle Loggins — The senior guard averaged 10.5 points for the Titans, while shooting 50 percent from the field.

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