We are now well in full swing for the 2023-2024 junior college basketball season in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC), and several college programs in the conference have risen to the top of the standings and been strong in league play thus far this season.
Eastern Arizona (15-4, 8-0) continues to lead the Division-I standings in the ACCAC with an undefeated record in conference play. Eastern is loaded with talent from top to bottom, and will be tough to beat all season. 6-foot-7 sophomore Raysean Seamster is the conference's top overall prospect, and he is having a strong season - averaging 16.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per/contest, while shooting 53.6% from the field. 6-foot-2 freshman guard TJ Warren has emerged as one of the top overall freshman prospects in the conference - averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per/game, and earning Player of the Week honors a couple times this season. Head Coach Cameron Turner and his staff have built an excellent program now at Eastern Arizona, since recently taking over the men's basketball program at the school.
Arizona Western (14-5, 7-2) continues to look to be the program in the hunt, currently in second place and looking strong and winning their last (3) games on the season. Arizona Western is also very talented this season and has been led by the strong play of talented 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Alexis Marmolejos who is having a terrific sophomore season. Marmolejos currently ranks as the #2 overall scorer in the ACCAC - pouring in 24.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists, while shooting 53.3% from the field. Arizona Western will give Eastern Arizona all they can handle for the remainder for the junior college season, as Head Coach Kyle Isaacs and his strong staff always come up big late in the season.
Chandler Gilbert-Junior College (15-1, 8-1) has won their last (8) games on the season and has taken sole control of first place at the top of the Division-II standings in the conference. Chandler-Gilbert Head Coach Steve Silsby has one of his best teams in recent memory this season, and they are led by the overall play of 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Andre Harris. Harris is averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. The former Duquesne transfer has raised some eyebrows with his play this season, and looks to be a nice recruiting target for the right college fit this spring. Chandler-Gilbert is focused this season, and playing good team basketball, which will suit them nicely down the stretch.
Here are some recent highlights for the ACCAC Players of the Week for week 9 in the conference . . .
Matija Gledic – Arizona Western – Gledic earned his first ACCAC Player of the Week honor after he averaged 19 points and shot 6-for-10 from the three-point line in a pair of Matadors’ wins. Gledic scored 19 points in the Matadors’ road win at Mesa on Wednesday, before scoring 19 points again in a win over Scottsdale at home.
Dillan Baker – Pima – Baker was named the ACCAC D-II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Baker scored 27 points in a win over Scottsdale on Wednesday, connecting on 7-of-9 from the three-point line. The sophomore finished the week with 12 points in an Aztecs’ road win over Cochise on Saturday.