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Basketball: 14 players with Washington ties in the NCAA Tournament

Gig Harbor High graduate Mathias Ward cuts down a net after leading Montana to the Big Sky Tournament championship last week. Ward is one of 14 players in the NCAA Tournament that played high school ball in Washington.

Are you looking for a team to back in the NCAA Tournament because your favorite school missed out? Maybe you want to root for a team with local ties?

Even if you’re not a Gonzaga fan, you still can.

Fourteen players that played high school ball in Washington are spread out among eight teams in the tournament. From Rainier Beach’s Nyandigisis Moikobu at Iona to Chelan’s Joe Harris at Virginia to the five Evergreen State guys at Montana, the state of Washington is represented in the NCAA Tournament.


No. 13 seed Montana Grizzlies
F Mathias Ward, 6-7, Junior, Gig Harbor c/o 2008
Montana’s third-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game is shooting 54.5 percent from the field

G Shawn Stockton, 6-1, Senior, Ferris c/o 2008
The Griz’ seventh man has played in all 31 of Montana’s games

G/F Kevin Henderson, 6-5, Freshman, Auburn c/o 2011
Henderson has played in 19 games, averaging 4.7 minutes per game
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