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Eastside Catholic Crusaders - Seattle WA

Eastside Catholic
Number Name Position Height Year
1 Shane Nowell G 6-5 Junior
2 Nolan Hickman G 6-3 Junior
3 Isaac Ticeson F 6-5 Junior
4 Grant Hunt G 5-10 Senior
5 Patton Lanier G 6-1 Junior
10 Bennett Olujic G 6-4 Freshman
11 Syon Blackmon (C) G 6-0 Senior
12 Tate Cerino G 5-10 Junior
14 Andrew Sheeks G 6-1 Senior
15 Mo Jackson F 6-6 Sophomore
21 JaylahnTuimoloau (C) F 6-5 Junior
23 Chika Nduka F 6-5 Senior

Nolan Hickman 6-3 Junior (Oklahoma, Washington, Washington State, Duke)

Shane Nowell 6-5 Junior (Oklahoma, Washington, Washington State, Montana)

JT Tuimoloau 6-5 Junior (Alabama, USC, Washington, Ohio State, Florida, Texas - Football)
Head Coach   Brent Merritt
Assistant Coaches   James MacIntyre, Spencer Kraker, Reggie Paul, Steve Rudolf, Barry Jones
Principal   Barbara Swann
Athletic Director   Stacey Stoutt
Location   Sammamish, WA
Conference   WIAA 3A-Metro League
Website   CLICK HERE

  • Coach Brent Merritt is in his 5th year as Eastside Catholics head coach with a record of 73-31. Eastside finished 5th in the state in 2018 and 3rd last season. Winner of the LSI "The Eight" in 2018, Cactus Jam in 2017 and Surf N Slam in 2016. Merritt was previously an assistant coach at Garfield and played basketball and ran track at the University of Washington.

  • The Crusaders return 4 of 5 starters from last year's 3rd place team in Washington's 3A division that finished 19-1 in the competitive Seattle Metro League. They have a balanced offensive attack with 4 players averaging double figures last season. Eastside attacks both ends of the court with aggressive play from Shane Nowell, Nolan Hickman and JT Tuimoloau who have all started since Freshman year and all play on a top Seattle Rotary team together. Syon Blackmon will be back after tearing his ACL last season, he is a double figure scorer and great perimeter defender.

  • Eastside Catholic is located about 20 minutes east of Seattle, current Philadelphia 76er and University of Washington's Matisse Thybulle is a graduate. Shane Nowells younger brother Jaylen Nowell is a former LSI participant and current Minnesota Timberwolves player.

  • Eastside Catholic has three WIAA 3A Football State Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2018.
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