Federal Way High School senior Aaron Broussard played against the best and excelled against the best.
Broussard finished 7-for-10 from the floor and scored 15 points during Sunday’s Northwest Shootout at the University of Portland. The game featured the best players from Washington against the best from Oregon. Broussard’s Washington team won the game, 108-105.
The all-star basketball game for high-school seniors was a very entertaining game in front of a large crowd in Portland.
DeAngelo Casto of Ferris (Spokane) made one of two free throws with six seconds left to put Washington up by three. Brad Tinsley’s last-second three-point shot for Oregon rimmed off.
Washington looked like they were going to get blown out early in the second half when Oregon took a 67-48 lead.
But Washington grinded back into the game and took the lead on a three-point play from Bethel’s Brandon Magee. Washington also out-rebounded Oregon, 57-39, and had 27 offensive rebounds.
Casto contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to share the MVP award with Rainier Beach’s Reggie Moore. Moore scored a game-high 23 points.
Brian Conklin led Oregon with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Broussard’s 15 points were third on the team. Magree also tallied 15 points.
Broussard’s play at the Northwest Showcase continued his strong postseason. The 6-foot-5 wing was first-team, all-tournament during the 2008 Class 4A State Championships, when he led Federal Way to a second-place finish. Broussard signed early to play at Seattle University next season.
“(Aaron) is a physical and focused student-athlete,” Seattle U head coach Joe Callero said. “We want to keep the best Seattle area players at home. He has the mental and physical make-up to face the future competition.”
As a senior, Broussard averaged 17.2 points and 10 rebounds a game and earned first-team, All-SPSL North Division. Broussard averaged 20.3 points at the state tournament and tallied 29 points, 14 rebounds and three steals during Federal Way’s semifinal win over Decatur.
Seattle University will begin its transition to the Division I level next season. The Redhawks will play a mixed schedule next year with D-I schools and other competition before playing a full D-I schedule in 2008-09. Seattle will be eligible for D-I championships in 2012-13.
WASHINGTON — Reggie Moore 6-10 10-11 23, Richard Skillman 2-4 0-0 6, Mathias Ward 3-4 0-0 8, Kavario Middleton 2-5 0-2 4, Aaron Broussard 7-10 0-0 15, Shawn Stockton 2-5 0-1 4, Jarred Karsetter 4-13 1-2 9, Brandon Magee 6-10 3-4 15, DeAngelo Casto 6-13 6-9 19, Renado Parker 2-10 1-2 5. Totals 40-84 21-31 108.
OREGON — Garrett Sim 6-11 3-3 17, Brian Conklin 6-10 7-8 19, Mario Gill 3-4 0-0 9, Drew Wiley 3-9 0-0 8, Chehales Tapscott 0-4 3-4 3, Brad Tinsley 4-9 3-5 13, Kyle Long 1-6 0-0 3, Paul McCoy 5-9 4-6 15, Sammy Schafer 3-4 2-4 8, Andy Poling 4-13 2-2 10. Totals 35-79 24-32 105.