Over the past year, our experienced and dedicated staff of scouts have covered a lot of high school games within the state and abroad, and, as a result, we have released our Arizona Preps Player Rankings for boys basketball in the state of Arizona. We have compiled our list of player rankings for each class of high school prospects in the state - 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 Classes. These player rankings will be released on each of our Arizona Preps' social media outlets, and also sent out to hundreds of men college basketball programs across the country.
We complete the release of our Spring Player Rankings (Rankings will be updated during the Summer and the Fall seasons) with our NEW Individual Player Rankings for the 2024 Class. This list includes many prospects that will have high levels of interest from college programs. No one in the class has yet committed to a college program, although there are prospects in the class already possessing Division-I offers.
This freshman class is also very loaded with some top-rated college prospects for college programs, but the list of prospects is still taking shape a great deal. Our NEW Player Rankings for the 2024 Class are the first of their kind, and so each of these prospects are making their introductions into our new rankings. Many prospects have risen to the top of the class early with strong freshman campaigns during the 2021 high school basketball season, which was cut short due to the COVID-pandemic.
Our top spot in the class goes to Raymond Kellis High School's very gifted and promising 6-foot-7 freshman wing prospect Jai Anthoni Bearden. Bearden (pictured) has emerged early in the recruiting process as the top overall prospect in the class, and he should remain in this position throughout high school career, as this young man is completely different. A very long, rangy and athletically gifted wing prospect with excellent versatility and an ability already to play well above the rim. He is an excellent slasher and open court player and is a strong finisher already at a very early age, suggesting excellent potential for the future.
This young man is an elite high-major Division-I prospect - already possessing an offer from the University of Arizona. While former Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller and his staff made the offer, we would clearly expect new Head Coach Tommy LLoyd to do the same, and honor the previous offer to the budding young prospect. Bearden should become a National Top 25 prospect, as soon as ESPN releases their Player Rankings for the 2024 Class. This young man has a very bright future ahead of him.
Our second spot in the class goes to St. Mary's High School's skilled and tough 6-foot-1 freshman point guard Styles Phipps. Phipps is a very advanced guard prospect with a serious skill level and excellent toughness, which allowed him to compete early and often for the Knights this season - helping lead St. Mary's to a 4A State Championship. Phipps was an integral part of the Knights' success this high school season, and he gave Head Coach Damin Lopez excellent depth and talent in his backcourt. Phipps is a superb guard talent that does not fear anyone, and plays with a nice chip on his shoulder - expecting greatness from himself every time he steps on the court. This young man has excellent work ethic and plays with superior confidence. He will only continue to improve a great deal over time, as he matures physically. An excellent guard prospect.
Dream City Christian Prep's 6-foot-8 freshman wing prospect Jovan Milicevic is a tremendous talent with excellent size and versatility. He has a college-ready body already and an advanced feel and understanding of the game. This young man is a native of Serbia, and has a pro-style game, with a nice perimeter shooting stroke, a strong handle of the basketball and an ability to make plays for himself and others. As he matures physically, gets stronger and more explosive off the floor, he will see his game round into shape nicely. Milicevic is a high-major Division-I talent that will challenge Bearden and Phipps over time for an improved ranking. Either way, he is a special talent that is already making an impact on the Grind Session.
Cactus High School's rapidly developing 6-foot-10 freshman post Bradey Henige is a nice talent as well. A very large post player with a nice skill level already, Henige burst onto the scene this basketball season, and posted excellent numbers for himself - averaging excellent numbers, 13.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per/game. Henige is skilled and versatile as a post player, and will continue to develop a great deal over his high school career, as he has loads of upside for the future.
Rounding out our Top 5 in the 2024 Class is Notre Dame Prep's 6-foot-3 freshman guard Anthony Batson Jr. Batson is a very strong, athletic and well-built physical specimen as a shooting guard prospect. He has an excellent shooting stroke with range, and a strong ability to create for himself and score off the dribble. He is a strong slasher and finisher, and can score in the open court, as a result of his quickness and motor. Batson is a can't-miss prospect with loads of potential for the future. If he continues to grow vertically over time, this young man will become an even much more attractive college prospect.
Here are our complete Individual Player Rankings for the 2024 Class of boys prospects in the state of Arizona. We have only compiled a list of our Top 20 prospects in the class currently, and will be adding to this list over time . . .
Arizona Preps 2024 Class Boys Individual Player Rankings
|1||Jai Anthoni Bearden||6-7||Small Forward||Raymond Kellis High School|
|2||Styles Phipps||6-1||Point Guard||St. Mary's High School|
|3||Jovan Milicevic||6-8||Forward||Dream City Christian Prep|
|4||Bradey Henige||6-10||Center||Cactus High School|
|5||Anthony Batson Jr.||6-3||Shooting Guard||Notre Dame Prep|
|6||Rowan McKenzie||6-3||Shooting Guard||Bradshaw Mountain High School|
|7||Gabe Pickens||6-0||Point Guard||Millennium High School|
|8||Keon Talgo||6-2||Shooting Guard||Gilbert Christian High School|
|9||Christian Holly||Millennium High School|
|10||AJ Thomas||6-0||Point Guard||Eduprize High School|
|11||Ezias Steffen||6-3||Shooting Guard||Chandler High School|
|12||Anthony Seumanu||6-2||Shooting Guard||Marcos De Niza High School|
|13||Kaden Garber||5-10||Point Guard||Horizon Honors High School|
|14||Donovan Beard||5-11||Point Guard||Dobson High School|
|15||Ryan Hughes||6-0||Shooting Guard||Dream City Christian Prep|
|16||Steven Tippit||5-8||Point Guard||PHH Prep|
|17||Treyvion Curry||6-0||Point Guard||Millennium High School|
|18||TyQuan Solomon||5-9||Point Guard||Cesar Chavez High School|
|19||EJ Mills||5-9||Point Guard||Paradise Honors High School|
|20||Jason Kooima||6-1||Combo-Guard||Williams Field High School|
Our Player Rankings for each class of prospects will be updated in the Spring, Summer and Fall throughout the year, based on our staff's evaluations of these prospects in high school, club and Arizona Preps' events. An individual prospect can improve or drop in our Player Rankings, as a result of strong or poor game performances.