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USA Today named these Tri-City basketball stars some of the best in Washington

February 28, 2018 - Richland senior basketball player Riley Sorn was named the 2017-18 WIBCA 4A State Player of the Year, and the MCC Player of the Year as well. His 23-1 Bombers begin their anticipated run at a state title on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome.
February 28, 2018 - Richland senior basketball player Riley Sorn was named the 2017-18 WIBCA 4A State Player of the Year, and the MCC Player of the Year as well. His 23-1 Bombers begin their anticipated run at a state title on Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome. Tri-City Herald

Postseason accolades are now coming from the national level for the Mid-Columbia's top boys and girls basketball players.

Richland High School's Riley Sorn and Kamiakin High School's Oumou Toure each earned second team nods on USA Today's All-USA Washington basketball squads, which were released Monday.

Unlike the Associated Press All-State teams — to which Sorn and Toure were each named — the All-USA state teams comprise all classifications. So the selections are for the top 10 ballers in each state, regardless of what school they attend.

Sorn, a 7-foot-4 senior center, averaged 16 points, nearly eight rebounds and four blocks per game this season. In addition to being named to the AP All-State team, he was also the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association's 4A State, Herald All-Area and All-MCC Player of the Year.

His Bombers spent much of the season ranked in the USA Today Super 25 Expert Poll, eventually finishing the season 24-3 and earning their second straight fifth-place finish at state.

Ryan Wagar scored 11 first-half points on 3 of 5 3-point shooting, and Riley Sorn had 13 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in the Richland high school boys basketball team's 72-42 win over Kamiak on Thursday in a 4A state tournament quarterfina

Toure, a junior guard/forward, earned All-Area and All-MCC Player of the Year honors as well, totaling 24.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Braves finished 23-3 and took fourth at the state tournament, their third straight state placement.

Future Pac-12 players took home the top prizes on the All-USA Washington teams, as Rainier Beach's Kevin Porter Jr. (a USC commit) and Central Valley's Lexie Hull (Stanford) were named the Players of the Year. Gonzaga Prep boys coach Matty McIntyre and Central Valley girls coach Freddie Rehkow were named the Coaches of the Year.

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