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Hardwood Invite to return to Seattle with strong regional field headlined by Jaylin Stewart, Garfield

The field, announced Thursday, features many of Washington's top boys basketball teams — and a deep lineup of college prospects for the Dec. 17-20 tournament

Hardwood Invite is returning to Washington in December and boasts another strong field of in-state high school boys basketball powers.

The tournament, which started last year, is set to take place Dec. 17-20 and will be headlined by host Garfield High School and 2023 UConn commit Jaylin Stewart, the top recruit in the state of Washington.

Headlining the teams in the field from out-of-state is Olympic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The Trojans are led by sophomore standout Jaydon Terrell, who has interest from UNC Charlotte and Chicago State, Devin Ragin, 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Kameron Taylor and football standout Deangelo Hall.

The in-state field from is headlined by Class 1A power King's and standout sophomore point guard Cam Hiatt, senior floor general Luke Brewer and projected Class 2A contender Tumwater as well as Division I point guard prospect Cayden McDaniel and Silas (formerly Wilson), among others.

Some 40 players in the tournament have college interest. Five of the 12 teams from Washington played in the state playoffs last season.

Last year, Garfield beat Auburn in a highly-anticipated come-from-behind showdown in front of a sellout crowd in the finals of the Hardwood Invite at Auburn High School.

Garfield and Auburn were the top two teams in the state and went on to enter the Class 3A state tournament as the top two seeds.

Auburn beat Garfield in the quarterfinals and went on to win its first 3A state championship and advance to the finals of the inaugural State Champions Invitational, a nationally-televised high school national championship in Florida.


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Head over to Instagram at 4 p.m. Thursday, where SBLive's Andy Buhler (@SBLiveWA), Dan Dickau (@SBLiveSports) and tournament organizer Ryan Menten (@HoopSource) will break down the field down live.

Stay with SBLive Washington in the coming weeks for comprehensive statewide preseason boys and girls basketball coverage ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Brackets and game information will be released at a later date. Here is the full tournament field:

Hardwood Invite field

WASHINGTON SCHOOLS

Garfield

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Bellevue 

Davis

King's

Roosevelt

Camas

Tumwater

Washington

Chief Sealth

Silas

Annie Wright

OREGON SCHOOLS

Benson

Roosevelt

Mountainside

NATIONAL SCHOOL

Olympic (North Carolina)