Author: Anthony Ray

Some of the names have changed but the game still remains the same. The rivalry between Mesa High School (18-6) and Mesa Mountain View (16-10) is one of the very best rivalries in the state, and while the coaches and players have changed over the years for both programs, the atmosphere for these match-ups remains super intense and filled with excitement. On Tuesday evening, the gym was packed with Mesa and Mountain View fans and supporters at Mesa High School – making for a tremendous battle for bragging rights for the Mesa community. The Region Championship for the 6A’s East…

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In amazing fashion on ESPN this week, this year’s 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game selections were announced by ESPN personalities Jalen Rose and Malika Andrews on national television. Annually these selections are announced, but never in this format, which heightened the selections for the viewers. As the names were announced, two prospects from Arizona received their blessing, as Perry High School’s 6-foot-8 senior guard Cody Williams (University of Colorado signee) and AZ Compass Prep 6-foot-6 senior wing Mookie Cook (University of Oregon signee) were both designated as members of the 2023 McDonald’s All-American Game West Team. This distinction for both Arizona…

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Scottsdale Junior College (15-4, 7-4) is on fire lately this junior college season – winning their last (9) games on the season, and recently receiving a Top 25 National Ranking among Division-II junior colleges by the NJCAA. A major reason for the success of the program has been the play of 6-foot-6, 215-pound sophomore forward Cameron Faas. A bigger shooter of the basketball, Faas is having a strong season for Head Coach Mark Bunker and his staff and his consistent play has helped Scottsdale JC win enough games to be strongly considered among the top teams in the ACCAC. Faas…

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As we continue to look at some of the top members of the 2026 Class that are making statements this high school season with their play, Millennium High School’s 6-foot-5 freshman Brayden Barrett is among the elite prospects in the class. Since before his middle school days, Barrett has been regarded as an elite prospect in this class, and he is now beginning to come into his own for the Millennium program. Barrett has been regarded as one of our top overall prospects in the class for some time now, since I first caught my first glimpse of him in…

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Phoenix College 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Jamar Brown has had a terrific junior college career, while playing for Head Coach Duane Eason. After a strong freshman season last year, where he was one of the top prospects in the ACCAC, Brown is soaring this junior college season – leading the conference in scoring and ranking among the league leaders in numerous other statistical categories. While producing at a very high level, Brown is still looking to build his college recruitment as the spring recruiting period approaches. Brown’s recruitment is still taking shape, while he is among the top individual junior college…

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It was a special day as our nation and state celebrated the life and tremendous efforts for racial equality of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While it was a day off for the country, it was definitely a day on for top-rated high school basketball match-ups around the country. There was no bigger projected match-up in Arizona high school basketball than #1 ranked Perry High School and #2 ranked Basha High School, as the featured contest between these two teams filled the gymnasium at Basha – selling out the gymnasium (30) minutes before the game began on Monday evening. Perry…

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While the previous excitement around Perry High School’s gifted 6-foot-8 senior guard Cody Williams was related to his previous college commitment to the University of Colorado this high school season, Williams continues to soar on the basketball court in Arizona, but also continues to receive rave national reviews in the process. While currently ranked as the #14 overall prospect in ESPN’s national rankings for the 2023 Class, this week, Williams saw his national ranking with 247 Sports, one of the elite national scouting services in the country, rise from #21 to a new #8 national ranking. Williams continues to rise…

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While everyone in the state already knows the exploits and talents of St. Mary’s High School’s terrific star 6-foot-1 junior point guard Styles Phipps, and while he was already on another level in his play, lately, Phipps has gone to an even higher level in his play with several scoring outbursts that are now making him legendary. Without the support of his fellow teammate, 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Caspian Jones (knee injury) recently, Phipps has put on his cape and exploded in recent games, which will soon make him an even bigger name to consider around the country. The recent loss…

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As we continue to focus on Arizona’s young 2026 Class, there are numerous prospects in the class that have emerged early in the recruiting process this high school season. While it is still very early for this class, let’s start looking at some of the elite prospects in the class that are getting done in their freshman high school seasons. One of the top overall prospects in the class this season is Brophy Prep’s 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman prospect Daylen Sharper. Sharper is a sure-fire two-sport athlete that has had an excellent freshman season thus far for the Broncos. Brophy Prep…

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#1 ranked Perry High School (16-1) came into Tuesday’s evening’s matchup with unranked Pinnacle High School as the #12 ranked program in America. While Perry had a close affair with Ironwood High School recently in the Visit Mesa Basketball Challenge over the holidays, no one has really tested this Perry team. Led by two future McDonald’s All-Americans in 6-foot-8 versatile senior guard Cody Williams and 6-foot-8 terrific sophomore forward Koa Peat, Perry has steamrolled through the high school season, thus far. That was until Tuesday evening when the Pumas would travel to Pinnacle on the road, and run into the…

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