Author: Anthony Ray

As we start to focus on Arizona’s 2026 Class, which is absolutely loaded already, we have to turn our attention to Desert Mountain High School’s 6-foot-3 freshman guard Kaden House. While a member of “The House Twins,” Kaden is a one-man wrecking crew all by himself. This high school season, the first of his young high school career, House has placed his stamp on the AIA’s varsity level of basketball as one of the sheer best players and prospects in the state. House has become a household name and is putting up record setting statistics as a freshman in the…

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Basha High School is currently undefeated with an impressive 16-0 record on the season. Much of the reason for the success of Head Coach Mike Grothaus’ team has been the strong play of 6-foot-4 junior forward Christian Warren. Basha is loaded with talent this season. but they are at their best as a team when Christian Warren is on point, and he has been all season. Warren is a versatile performer on the basketball court, and his stock is surely on the rise, as a result. Basha High School has been very successful as a basketball program under the strong…

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Hamilton High School (2-11) has had extreme success over the years under the leadership of Head Coach Doug Harris, but after losing key players to transfer from last season, this year’s team has struggled to win games at the normal clip of previous seasons, but a prospect has emerged this season for Hamilton. Talented 6-foot-2 junior guard Nazir Davis is a nice offensive talent that is still learning the game from Coach Harris and his staff, but has proven that he is a player to be reckoned with this high school season, and has become a college prospect. Still only…

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The McClintock Holiday Shootout finished up Thursday evening, just before the end of the 2022 calendar year, with a nice Championship match-up between two of the state’s top 6A programs, as Basha High School (17-0) and Highland High School (13-2) matched up in the tournament final. Basha came into the final tournament game on a complete roll for the high school season and with an undefeated record, while Highland would look to turn in another nice upset victory over another one of the state’s elite teams – making for a nice contest in front of a nice crowd at host…

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The true Championship game for this year’s Mesa Junior College Holiday Shootout may have taken place already on Wednesday evening in the tournament’s very exciting semi-final match-up between #1 nationally ranked Salt Lake City Junior College (UT) and #14 nationally ranked South Plains Junior College (TX). Salt Lake City Junior College would lead the entire contest, until late in the game, when South Plains would not be denied – coming from behind to take the lead late. After several big baskets late, and a questionable no call as the buzzer sounded, Salt Lake City would earn a narrow, hard fought…

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The annual McClintock Holiday Shootout is always exciting with top performers and top performances, and this year’s event has not disappointed, as day two of this year’s event Tuesday evening saw an impressive performance from Highland High School’s 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior guard Noah Peterson, as he led Highland (12-1) to a big 80-70 quarterfinal victory over Liberty High School. In the win, Peterson did it all, as he poured in a game-high 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists – leading Highland to the tournament’s semi-finals. The victory was not a true upset, as Highland has posted an excellent season…

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The always exciting McClintock Holiday Shootout will take place again this week @ McClintock High School and will take place Monday, December 26th and run through Thursday, December 29th – finishing out the 2022 year of exciting high school basketball. Each year, the tournament champion from this year’s event is a big deal, and often leads to a strong finish to the high school season. This year’s field of teams will be very competitive as always, as the event the event gets better each day, as teams progress and move on to the Tournament Final. Arizona Preps will in attendance…

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It is that time of year for the annual 2022 Mesa Community College Holiday Tournament, which will feature a few of the nation’s top junior college programs again @ Mesa Junior College this week, beginning on Tuesday, December 27th and ending on Thursday, December 29th. This year’s event will feature 2021 defending Tournament Champions, Salt Lake City Junior College (UT) and previous Tournament Champion, South Plains Junior College (TX). Snow Junior College (UT), Seward County (KS), San Bernardino Junior College (CA), Mesa Junior College, Glendale Junior College and Central Arizona Junior College will round out the field of this year’s…

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Mesa High School is off to a nice 9-1 start to the 2022-2023 high school basketball season. After dropping their very first game of the season to ALA Gilbert North (57-51) in the Mesa Fear The Hop Tournament, the team has reeled off 9-straight victories and is preparing to leave the state to take part in the State Farm Classic next week in Bloomington, Illinois. A major reason this season for the success of the team has been the emergence and development of 6-foot-7, 240-pound senior forward Freddie McCoo. A transfer to Mesa High School as a senior, McCoo has…

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With the beginning of the high school and prep seasons now in full motion, and after a busy summer and fall, we have updated and now release our NEW Individual Player Rankings. We continue our new rankings for Arizona’s 2025 Sophomore Class of prospects. The 2025 Class is very loaded with many gifted prospects in this class. Top-rated prospects in the class helped themselves in our new rankings with strong performances this summer and fall, and through the early high school and prep seasons. Prospects emerged throughout the process and now are in the conversation for much higher college recruitment. Either way,…

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