One of the better prospects in Arizona's 2020 Class of prospects in the state is Shadow Ridge High Schoolskilled 6-foot-7, 185-pound senior forward Anthony Garza. Garza is having a very good spring and summer performance for himself, and, as a result, he has garnered some good recruiting attention. Now with (2) different offers on the table for himself, Garza prepares for a big July.
I had an opportunity to watch Garza in action this weekend at the West Coast Elite Summer-Tip-Off event in Phoenix, and was very impressed with his development and the strides that he has made since I last saw him take the floor. Garza has added a nice shooting stroke to his repetoire and overall offensive skillset, making him a much more effective scorer on the floor. Garza has proven that he can make shots from the perimeter with some range on his shot, which has made him much more effective. His consistent shooting stroke from 12 to 18 feet on the floor has proven to be much improved. Combined with his ability to score around the paint, as a result of his high motor and tenacity on the floor, Garza has proven to become one of the state's top sleeper prospects in Arizona's 2020 Class - a prospect with good size and length and an ability to score inside and out.
According to his club coaches with the strong Powerhouse Hoops club program, Garza has been one of the most consistent performers on a talented 17U team that competes on the Under Armour circuit, and has faced some top-rated competition this spring, and now the summer. As a result, Garza is now garnering some serious recruiting attention for himself.
Currently, Garza has received two offers to his credit, as North Carolina A&T and also Air Force have extended scholarship offers to him already. Garza also has a lot of interest from numerous other division-I programs, that still want to see him compete this month during the busy, but shortened July evaluation period.
Garza has developed as a player and as a college prospect throughout his high school career, which is a nice attribute for a college prospect. He has excellent upside for the future as a result of his extreme length of body and athleticism on the floor. As he matures physically and grows into his frame over the next few years, Garza has the potential to become a proven prospect. The level of college program that Garza decides on will be a major factor in his continued development over time, and also his ability to make an impact at the collegiate level. He is definitely a division-I talent and prospect.
Last high school season as a junior for Shadow Ridge High School, Garza averaged modest numbers for himself, contributing 10.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per/game. He has the potential and ability to raise these numbers substantially next high school season as a senior, so I expect him to do so.
Garza will be a major factor for Shadow Ridge's hopes next high school season in the 6A Division, as he helped lead the program to their best high school season in the program's young history - finishing with a strong 21-6 overall record on the season. The program has improved their overall record on the season each of the last (3) seasons a great deal, and so I expect this program to be in the serious playoff hunt in Garza's senior season, as some of the program's key performers will be a year older.
I will continue to keep a close eye on Garza's recruitment and continued performance this summer, as we head into his final senior season. He is a fine young man with a great smile and personality and has definitely worked very hard throughout his high school career.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Garza continues to improve a great deal each time I see him play, and I have been very impressed with his overall development as a college prospect throughout his high school career. He has worked hard to add a consistent shooting stroke from 12 - 18 feet on the floor, which has made him a much more effective scorer now, as he is able to score inside and out on the basketball court. Garza has excellent length of body on a long, rangy frame which allows him to finish strong around the paint and also collect offensive rebounds and put-backs for his team. He also rebounds outside of his area as well, a nice attribute for him. He is also a good slasher and finisher in the paint and also runs the floor very hard and is a proven scorer and finisher in transition. A good ball handler and passer for his size - fundamentally sound. Has very good potential for the future, as he continues to mature physically.