Author: George Courtney

National Basketball Scout Guru Kameo Williams has built a staple in the women’s basketball industry with his brand Gems In The Gym. Williams has made a mission out of discovering the best talent in women’s basketball across the country with his platform. He is living up to his mission as Silver Waves Media recently named Williams as one of the most influential figures in women’s basketball. Williams has an award winning formula by going back to the roots and discovering talent in their middle school years, which feeds up into his Fresh Faces Showcase, which he hosts annually (16th Annual…

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My scouting career has offered me multiple opportunities to evaluate some of the best players in the country, and even the world. I am pleased to have the opportunity to write for Arizona Preps, Nothin But Net Magazine, and Tribe Athletics. One of the best prospects that has emerged from my summer journey is 2023 6-foot-1 rising senior Kanani Coon. Coon hails from Kelowna, British Columbia and has a nice skill-set.  Coon can naturally play the shooting guard or small forward position, as she has reliable three-level scoring ability. While competing in Just4Hoopin’s Lori Piestewa Memorial Tournament, she put on…

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East Valley Hoops aficionados Jay Gonzales and Derek Freeman are on the move in kick-starting a new platform for the Arizona Basketball Community. The League is the premiere men’s league in the state of Arizona, which competes on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at Learning Foundation & Performing Arts in Gilbert, AZ.   The League offers media coverage and live streaming, which no other men’s league offers in the state. This is a solid platform as The League’s network spans worldwide, where industry professionals often tune in to check out the action. The League also powers the state’s newest youth club program…

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Tribe Athletics continues to assemble the top boys talent in Indian Country. The best part about this event is the exposure that it provides for Indigenous student-athletes. There is no other platform in the world that provides this type of exposure. Directors Jon Yarrow Jr. and Cameron Smith did a fantastic job assembling a top media team of Regional and National videographers, photographers, NCAA scouting services and college coaches. Here are some of the best kept secret prospects I observed … Thomas Tangle Unconquered 2022 6-6 Shooting Guard Tangle (pictured) is the best prospect in the gym, as he wowed…

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Day 2 and 3 of the Native American Nationals brought a lot of exciting action as Regional and National Scouts were wowed by strong performances from top prospects. Tribe Athletics has solidified itself as a fantastic prospecting patch for hidden gem prospects who are highly skilled and compete at a high level. There were bundles of solid low to mid major prospects on the girls side, and here are some of the top prospects who caught my eye . . . Kiiyani Anitielu Rezbombers 2022 5-5 Point Guard Anitielu is a Scottsdale College commit who is a hidden gem out…

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The Arizona Preps’ Staff has extended its reach across the state. Western Arizona Preps Scout Leo Scott kick started a tradition for the Western Arizona Community called the Best of the West Showcase. The purpose of the event is to provide exposure to regional scouts to assist with college recruitment. The event drew prospects from Parker, Bullhead City, Salome and Peach Springs in Arizona and Blythe, California. Here are some of top performers who caught my eye on the day . . . Freddy McCoo 6-7 Power Forward 2023 Mohave McCoo is a great looking prospect who will become a…

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The staff at Tribe Athletics have done it again. They gathered the top Indigenous Student Athletes in their 3rd Annual Native American Nationals Event. It is a pleasure to evaluate and observe these young athletes compete. Our staff at Arizona Preps will be scouting all weekend to cover the best Native Student Athletes. Here are some of the top standouts from Day 1: Emily Manuelito Roc Steady 2023 5-5 Combo Guard Manuelito is the truth! She is an elite combo guard with great IQ and decision making. A guard that looks to balance the floor with good spacing and cuts…

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It’s that time of the year, the biggest and best Native American Exposure Series is back for a 3rd year. This year it will take place at Bell Bank BallPark in Mesa, AZ. Bell Bank BallPark is the biggest sports park in North America. Directors Jon Yarrow Jr. & Cameron Smith are continuing to elevate as they continue to bring the TOP Exposure Series for Indigenous Student Athletes in the World.  This year’s event will have nearly (180) teams competing and representing Indigenous tribes from across the United States. The demand has been so great that the Tribe Athletics Staff…

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The staff at LFPA has done a phenomenal job in creating an event for teams, regardless of league affiliation. There were two divisions (Small & Big School) to create parity for all teams involved. Coaches across the state may wonder why look to participate in next year’s event, here is why: Great competition for small and big schoolsThree-Day Event centrally located in the East ValleyFree Live Stream (College Coaches have been tuning into watch the stream)Maximum Exposure (Regional and National Scouts and Media in Attendance) This event is going to continue to grow, which offers great opportunities for teams to…

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This event was well run and a lot of fun to cover, since there are a lot of new teams and talent to scout. The best part of this event is the staff at LFPA are providing a free YouTube stream for spectators and college coaches to tune into. We are pleased to bring coverage, as this event is loaded with sleeper and stockriser prospects. Here are some of the top performers from Day 3 of the Wolves Classic . . . AJ Thomas 6-3 PG 2024 Eduprize Thomas is one of my favorite point guards in the 2024 class,…

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