Another high school hoopster leaves Washington, and this one may have implications beyond the basketball floor

Good Friday morning. We have some major news this morning regarding high school sports in Washington as the state continues to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have news of another high-profile basketball departure, and this one also has significant implications for the business side of high school sports in our state. In an interview this week with SBLive Washington that was released in the website’s weekly podcast last night, former Lynden Christian High School head boys’ basketball coach Roger DeBoer and his son, Jaden, revealed that the family for the time being has moved to Arizona, in order for Roger DeBoer to pursue business opportunities for his Lynden-based company, Cloud 9 Sports, a company that supplies athletic gear to high school programs around Washington state. Mount Si High School has done business with this company; these are the guys who produced the championship T-shirts and other memorabilia for the Wildcat boys’ basketball team earlier this year following their state 4A title win.

With sales at his company down significantly since the start of the pandemic due to the Washington high school sports shutdown, the decision was made by DeBoer and his family to head to Arizona, where high school sports is operating. Jaden DeBoer, who played under his dad at LCS, has enrolled at Valley Christian School in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler and with Roger DeBoer’s business partner also based down there, opportunities have now developed for the company in that market.

As to the future of Cloud 9 in Washington, Roger DeBoer told SBLive that the operations here are still in place and that no employees have lost their jobs as a result of this move.

Jaden DeBoer’s departure makes this now the ninth overall high school basketball player from Washington that we know of that has left state with the uncertainty surrounding the high school basketball season, joining, among others, the Huard sisters, Haley and Macey, both of whom with their family moved to Colorado this summer, and Nolan Hickman, a former Eastside Catholic boys basketball star that transferred to a school in Utah. As of now, there are no Mount Si or Cedarcrest High School players that have announced departures, but with the DeBoer’s high-profile stature in high school basketball in Washington, news of this move might fuel some additional departures of players from the state. If we get wind of any Mount Si or Cedarcrest exits, we’ll let you know.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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