This year's 2012 Arizona Reebok Headliner Tryout Camp, held at Chaparral High School on Sunday, May 6th was one to remember - one of 13 camps of it's kind across the country. This year's field of participants was filled with talented prospects from across the state of Arizona, and also across the country. With many prospects in attendance from the state of California, Louisiana, New York, Vegas, Florida and New Mexico, this year's group of participants were fired up to compete for an invitation to this year prestigious Reebok Breakout Camp - sponsored by Reebok and NBA player John Wall (Washington Wizards).
In front of more than 30 members of the camp staff, this year's participants competed throughout the day for an opportunity to earn an invite to this year's camp, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA on July 10-13th.
Each of the camp participants went through drill work for the first half of the day, and then played in very competitive games in the afternoon. As a result, the camp's staff of coaches and evaluators observed the players throughout the day without rosters, just the numbers on the player's jerseys. The staff then met at the end of the day's action to designate this year's invitees for the Reebok Breakout Camp.
The camp's staff met to discuss this year's selections for the camp, and were able to come up with 16 prospects from the day's action, each of whom competed in one final game in front of the camp's staff to determine this year's selections.
Here are the 16 participants from this year's camp that made the final cut on the day as selected by the Arizona Reebok Headliner Tryout Camp staff: Joey Bankston, 6-foot-5 Soph Grand Canyon HS; Tim Kempton, 6-foot-9 JR Brophy Prep HS; Ryan Berg 6-foot-2 JR Scottsdale Saguaro HS; Desmond Ross 6-foot-2 JR Kellis HS; Brandon Hoffer 5-foot-10 FR Chaparral HS; Damian Mendoza 6-foot-5 JR Sierra Linda HS; Aaren Edmead 5-foot-10 SOPH Deer Park HS (NY); Connor MacDougall 6-foot-8 SOPH Desert Vista HS; Zylan Cheatham 6-foot-7 SOPH South Mountain HS; Jonathan Wilson 6-foot-7 JR Independence HS; Lyrik Shreiner 6-foot-4 SOPH Glendale HS; Khari Hollway 6-foot-2 JR Mountain Pointe HS; Joe Boyd 6-foot-8 JR Chaparral HS; Jaron Hopkins 6-foot-5 JR Basha HS; Casey Benson 6-foot-2 SOPH Corona Del Sol HS and Jalen Richard 6-foot-3 JR Poston Butte HS.
After careful review by this year's camp staff, five individuals from this year's camp were accepted this evening by Reebok for invitations to this summer's Reebok Breakout Camp. The five players that have earned invitations are as follows:
2012 Reebok Breakout Camp - Arizona Headliner Tryout Camp Selections
1) Jalen Richard 6-foot-4 JR Posten Butte HS - 2013
2) Jaron Hopkins 6-foot-5 JR Basha HS - 2013
3) Zylan Cheatham 6-foot-7 SOPH South Mountain HS - 2014
4) Casey Benson 6-foot-2 SOPH Corona Del Sol HS - 2014
5) Joe Boyd 6-foot-8 JR Chaparral HS - 2013
Congratulations to each of these young men on this great honor, and our camp staff is sure they will represent the Arizona Reebok Headliner Tryout Camp very well at this year's Reebok Breakout Camp in July.
We sincerely appreciate each of the staff's hard work in this year's event, and also each of this year's participants in the event, as each of the young men competed hard and gave it their all throughout the day.