In the current state of basketball across the country, as a result of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), basketball action across the country and in Arizona has ceased, but college recruitment has been at an all-time high, as college programs across the country have had to focus much of their time on the recruiting of college prospects.
There have been many members of Arizona's high school ranks that have benefited lately in their recruitment, and have given commitments. Here are some of the Arizona high school prospects from the 2020 Class that have benefited the most in their college recruitment this spring, recently giving commitments to Division-I programs . . .
Jabari Walker 6-8 SR SF AZ Compass Prep (University of Colorado commit)
Walker was the most consistent performer this season for an absolutely loaded AZ Compass team, and played at a high level all season long. He benefited a great deal in his college recruitment as a result of his prowess all season long. Walker overcame many health obstacles over the past two years to develop into the serious prospect that he is today, and showcased his challenges in a commitment video this week. This young man is one of my favorite prospects for the future, as has a bright future ahead him. He has excellent versatility and length and a nice overall skillset that allow him to be effective all over the floor, inside and out. Walker gave a verbal commitment this week to the University of Colorado, and is head to play in the PAC-12. A great story.
Seryee Lewis 6-8 SR PF AZ Compass Prep (Kansas State commit)
Lewis is a strong and aggressive prospect that plays inside and gets a lot done. He has an athletic frame and competes hard on both ends of the floor and always has his game face on. An active rebounder, shotblocker and finisher around the paint and runs the floor hard and finishes in the open floor. A strong finisher around the rim and in transition. A native of Chicago, Illinois. Held it down in the paint for a loaded AZ Compass program all season. Has given a big verbal commitment to Kansas State University.
Xavier Dusell 6-4 SR SG AZ Compass Prep (University of Wyoming)
Dusell formerly gave a verbal commitment to Northern Colorado, but decided to change plans and commit to the University of Wyoming after Head Coach Jeff Lindner decided to leave the program and accept the position as the new Head Coach for Wyoming. Wyoming is an excellent level for Dusell who really developed as a player over the past two seasons, and has become a serious prospect that should contribute immediately at the collegiate level. Once known as just a shooter, Dusell has developed his body a great deal over the past year and also his athleticism. Dusell is the best shooter in the 2020 class, and has unlimited range on his shot and a quick release. Has a bright future.
Trent Hudgens 6-0 SR PG Ironwood HS (Santa Clara University)
Hudgens left Moon Valley HS in the off-season for Ironwood High School, who he led to a superb season and a 5A State Championship - defeating #1 seed Millennium HS in the 5A State Final. Hudgens was terrific all season for Head Coach Jordan Augustine, and was almost unguardable for opposing guards all season. While seeing limited college recruitment through his high school career, Hudgens benefited a great deal from playing on a bigger stage, as a result of his team's very successful season. Recently, Hudgens gave a big verbal commitment to Santa Clara University Head Coach Herb Sendek, and will now play in the competitive West Coast Conference. Another amazing story.
D'Maurian Williams 6-4 Post-Graduate PG/SG Putnam Science Academy via Westview HS (Gardner Webb University)
Williams is another excellent story, after going well under-recruited as a high school senior and then deciding to do a post-graduate season on the East Coast to develop his college recruitment. After a strong season in the best prep school conference in the country, Williams saw his college recruitment take off. Williams gave a nice verbal commitment this week to Gardner Webb University. A big, strong guard prospect that can play both guard positions on the floor and has a college-ready body, that will allow him to play immediately and handle the rigors of college basketball.
Brandyn Talbot 6-3 SR SG Dream City Christian Prep (Texas-Arlington commit)
Talbot is among the best pure shooters of the basketball in the state, and had two strong seasons playing for Head Coach Kyle Weaver. After helping lead Bella Vista Prep last season to a Grind Session National Championship, Talbot was a strong contributor again for a very talented Dream City ballclub that competed at a very high level all over the country amidst strong national competition. Talbot is a combo-guard prospect that is a specialist as a shooter, but has enough in his bag to play both guard positions, as needed. A Canadian prospect that played for Canada Grassroots Elite in high school.
Tay Boothman 6-0 SR PG Buckeye HS (Houston Baptist University)
Boothman just gave a commitment to Houston Baptist University, after going well under recruited for some time. One of the best overall guard prospects in the state, regardless of class, Boothman put up terrific numbers as a senior, after an impressive junior season as well. Boothman averaged 26 points and 3.7 steals per/game as a senior, and led his team to a nice 24-5 overall record on the season. Boothman would have really benefited from a spring's recruitment, if basketball was being played, so Houston Baptist is getting an absolute steal with this one.
Griffin Lamb 6-7 SR PF Gilbert High School (Army West Point commit)
Lamb is a long, rangy post prospect that has a very thin frame, but has tremendous upside for the future. After he develops more of a body and physical frame, he will reach serious potential levels over time. A lengthy shotblocker, active rebounder and finisher around the paint. Runs the floor hard and finishes in transition. A good overall prospect that has his best years as a player well ahead of him. Has given a commitment to Army West Point, which should benefit him in his development as a player, on and off the court, for the future.