Author: Anthony Ray

Westwind Prep Academy ultra-talented and athletic 6-foot-8 junior forward prospect Zylan Cheatham has quickly developed into a big-time prospect for the future, and many college programs are now beginning to take notice.  After a big performance this past summer and a recent dominant performance in this year’s recent Arizona Preps Fall Showcase, college programs are looking to catch a glimpse of the rising junior prospect.This week, Cheatham received his biggest visitor yet, as the University of Kentucky stopped in to catch a Westwind Prep practice – an amazing honor for Cheatham and any other Arizona prospect. “They told me that they are very…

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Trevor Browne High School has seen many changes to it’s roster over the last 10 years.  After once carrying a roster filled with serious division-I talent, the program has lost much of its athletic luster in recent years due to a lack of growth in the school’s district area. Hard working head coach David Guzman has worked diligently to return the basketball program to the dominence of the mid-2000’s, but after finishing with a dismal 9-18 overall record last season, the Bruins (2-3) have seen a slow start to the 2012-2013 high school basketball season.  Trevor Browne dropped their first two games of this…

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The championship game at Mesa High School in this year’s Fear The Hop pre-season tournament Saturday evening featured two of the state’s elite high school programs, as Mesa HS (4-0) and Gilbert HS (3-1) matched up in an exciting war.  This game seemed to be a preview of what may happen late in the season, as two very-well coached programs fought it out. Both teams entered the game Saturday with very different perspectives.  Mesa has the best team in the state this season on paper, while many basketball enthusiasts around the state seem to think the Jackrabbits may be overrated, while Gilbert may be…

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Brophy Prep continued their strong play for the 2012-2013 high school basketball season – improving their overall record on the early season to 4-0 Friday evening with a big double-overtime victory over a very talented Westview High School program, 76-73.  The big victory earned the Broncos this year’s tournament championship of the pre-season Arrowhead Desert Classic. Brophy Prep stellar head coach Tony Fuller, a former division-I head coach, managed his team perfectly in this game, as he has in each game previously this season.  Fuller put his team in a position to win throughout the game by managing his personnel efficiently.  While featuring a very…

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The 2012-2013 high school basketball season is officially underway this week with many high school basketball games taking place around the state this week in numerous Thanksgiving week tournaments.  Arizona Preps was on hand Tuesday evening to watch Brophy Prep (3-0) take on a pesky host program, Liberty High School (1-2), in the second round of this year’s Arrowhead Desert Classic.   Brophy Prep, riding the strong low-post offensive skills of 6-foot-9 senior post Tim Kempton (Lehigh University signee).  Kempton has had his way with each opponent this high school season already, scoring a game-high 25-points in a big blowout win,…

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The state of Arizona’s best basketball prospects have been in need of serious skill development and training for a long time.  Over the past 10 years in the state, the call has been heard as today many different developers of talent have emerged.  Today there are many more trainers to now choose from, and, as a result, players are improving a great deal. One trainer who is making a major difference among today’s basketball prospects in the East Valley is former college coach and pro trainer Sundance Wicks.  Wicks, the Director of POWER Basketball Academy in Gilbert, Arizona, spent 5 months training NBA Pre-Draft basketball players at Impact…

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On Wednesday, November 14th, the Early National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Period began.  The period will run for a full week, from November 14th until November 21st. During this time period, high school prospects will have the opportunity to sign their respective national letters of intent with the school of their choice.  The NLI seals the deal for a college prospect with the desired school – once a student-athlete signs the NLI he/she is locked in to the program. This week the early signing period begins.  Each of the prospects in the state from the 2013 senior class that…

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On Wednesday, November 14th, the Early National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Period began.  The period will run for a full week, from November 14th until November 21st.  During this time period, high school prospects will have the opportunity to sign their respective national letters of intent with the school of their choice.  The NLI seals the deal for a college prospect with the desired school – once a student-athlete signs the NLI he/she is locked in to the program. This week the early signing period begins.  Each of the prospects in the state from the 2013 senior class that have given verbal commitments…

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With the start to the 2012-2013 high school basketball season set to start next week, one girl’s prospect that will be looking to have an even bigger season than last year and lead her team to the top of the Division-III Class is Safford High School’s 5-foot-11 junior forward Jordan Abalos. No girl’s prospect in the state had a more productive season last year than the talented and skilled Abalos, and she was only a mere sophomore.  While playing for her father, Robert Abalos (a physical specimen), Abalos turned in a monster season.  As a sophomore last season, Abalos averaged staggering numbers…

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No one in the state is more excited for the start to the 2012-2013 high school basketball season in the state of Arizona than Desert Mountain High School’s 5-foot-10 junior pure-point guard prospect Rolando Rhymes. After sitting out the entire 2011-2012 high school basketball season per AIA rules, as a result of transferring schools, Rhymes is ready to go and in a big way for a loaded Desert Mountain HS team this season – one that will look to contend for a Division-I State Championship this season. Rhymes attended St. Mary’s High School as a freshman and was major contributor for the Knights,…

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