As we prepare to begin releasing our players rankings for boys in the state of Arizona, we have taken into account the recent individual performances from the high school season, and also each player's performance throughout this spring's evaluation period.
We will be releasing position rankings for the 2013 and 2014 classes, and will release an overall player ranking list for the 2015 class for the boys in the state.
Many players have really helped themselves this spring and will look to make early jumps in the player rankings.
While already holding a high ranking in the 2014 class, such players as Corona Del Sol's 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Casey Benson, Mesa Mountain View's 6-foot-9 sophomore post Payton Dastrup and Pinnacle High School's 6-foot-5 sophomore guard/forward Dorian Pickens have also each strengthened their positions in the rankings with very strong spring performances. Millennium HS 6-foot-9 sophomore Elston Jones and Mesa HS 6-foot-11 sophomore post Isaac Allen are already amongst the very best players in the class, and while neither prospect had particularly big spring performances, they will both receive high player rankings in the class.
Each of these prospects have only solidified their positions in the rankings this spring, while many others will look to rise in the rankings after strong spring performances.
Amongst the 2014 class, the player that has helped himself more than any other prospect this spring has been South Mountain High School's 6-foot-7 sophomore wing prospect Zylan Cheatham. Cheatham went from an almost unknown prospect in the class before the spring evaluation period, to earning several division-I scholarship offers this spring from high-major division-I programs. His performance this spring has allowed him to make a huge jump in the 2014 player rankings.
Another prospect that has helped himself a great deal as well, is Desert Vista HS 6-foot-8 sophomore post Connor MacDougall. While the 2014 class is absolutely loaded with top-rated talent for the post position, MacDougall will make a nice jump in the player rankings, as he has improved a great deal from the high school season - turning in big performances in two Double Pump events this spring. MacDougall's big showing in a monster match-up with the Oakland Soldiers and the Arizona Magic this spring proved just how much potential this young man has. He has developed into a serious high-major division-I prospect.
Westview HS 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Andre Adams will make a nice introduction into the 2014 player rankings, after a strong spring performance for himself. Adams, the son of former NBA player Lewis Lloyd, has tremendous upside as a player and has received strong division-I attention from many college programs as a result of his play this spring - raising his play a great deal from the high school season.
Highland HS 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Jake Toolson, while already holding several big scholarship offers and being among the top overall prospects in the class, helped himself this spring as well - solidifying his high ranking amongst the class.
Gilbert Christian HS 6-foot-7 sophomore wing Sam Jones and Horizon HS 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Tate De Laveaga both had big spring performances for themselves, and raised their level of play this spring from the high school season. Dobson HS 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Kodi Justice (Arizona State commit) and Desert Mountain HS 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Rolando Rhymes also had good spring performances as well.
Grand Canyon HS 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Joey Bankston, Brophy Prep 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Romano Bottini, Perry HS 5-foot-10 sophomore guard Jordan Howard, Gilbert Christian HS 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Roberto Reyes each will also benefit as well from strong performances this spring.
Each of these players have helped themselves this spring and will look to gain recognition through our new summer player rankings for the 2014 class.