Author: Anthony Ray

We recently reported that Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior combo-guard prospect Tate De Laveaga had two different division-I scholarship offers on the table for himself.  Well, those two offers turned out to be enough for the talented 2014 guard prospect – enough for him to make his college decision. On Saturday afternoon, after speaking with the Northern Arizona coaching staff, De Laveaga decided to pull the trigger on his college recruitment – giving an early verbal pledge to Northern Arizona University head coach Jack Murphy and his hard working basketball staff. De Laveaga also held a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii, but chose…

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Highland High School (12-3) came into this year’s McClintock Holiday Shootout over the holidays with something to prove.  After an early season 2-2 performance in the recent Fear The Hop pre-season basketball tournament, where they were blown out of the gym by a surging Corona Del Sol HS team in the event (66-39), Highland regrouped and won 7 of their next 8 games before entering this year’s winter tournament. While Highland was no one’s pre-tournament favorite to win this year’s McClintock event, the Hawks came together as a team at the right time of the season – confident they could get done. …

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After posting two successful high school basketball careers in the state of Arizona and graduating from two different local high schools in 2011, Arizona products Sai Tummala and Cameron Forte would meet against one another in this year’s Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout at Mesa Community College on Friday afternoon.  This time they would not be representing Brophy Prep and McClintock High School, but rather #2 nationally ranked Howard JC (TX) and Salt Lake City Junior College (UT). Forte and Tummala are two Arizona high school products with very different makeups, but with very similar paths. 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Cameron Forte,…

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On day two of this year’s McClintock Holiday Shootout, there was more exciting action taking place as each of the top teams in the field looked to advance even further in the tournament – hoping to land in the tournament’s final game on Saturday evening. The best game of the day saw a very well-coached Mountain Ridge High School (7-7) team take on a gritty Highland HS (10-3) team for the opportunity to advance to the tournament’s semi-finals.  Mountain Ridge, coached by valley basketball veteran Eli Lopez, has really developed as a team and as a basketball program quickly over…

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The one good thing about the conclusion of Christmas day is the beginning of holiday basketball tournaments around the state.  With each of the state’s elite boy’s basketball programs in competition, it is always a joy to sit in a gym for 12-straight hours and watch high school basketball, rather than working for corporate America – atleast for 2 or 3 days during the holidays. One of the state’s top holiday tournaments for the past 20 years has been the McClintock Holiday Shootout.  While the tournament was once the elite basketball tournament in the state, the event has seen it’s struggles over the past 5 years attracting…

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Arizona’s 2014 class of girls prospects is loaded with talent, although many of the names are not household names, as of yet.  While the 2013 class of prospects was absolutely loaded with division-I talent, the 2014 class is still defining itself for college programs. One of the top prospects in the class is 3-time defending state champion, Seton Catholic High School’s 5-foot-10 junior post Julia Barcello.  Barcello is among the state’s elite prospects in the class, although most college coaches are still evaluating her as a player. In our last summer player rankings, Barcello checked in as our #2 overall prospect…

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After St. Mary’s High School (10-1) lost their first game in three seasons on Friday evening to eventual tournament champion Mater Dei HS (CA) in this year’s Nike Tournament of Champions, the lady Knights would return to action on Saturday evening in another major contest.  Facing previous #1 nationally ranked (by MaxPreps) Bishop O’Dowd HS (CA), St. Mary’s would look to begin another win streak. Bishop O’Dowd would jump out to a 9-6 early in the first period, but St. Mary’s, playing in a much more fluid offensive style than their previous game, would come back to take a 14-9…

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As winners of last year’s Nike Tournament of Champions and also last year’s national championship, two-time defending Arizona state champion and #1 nationally ranked  St. Mary’s High School (9-1) took on #3 overall ranked Mater Dei HS (CA)  in what we become the best girl’s high school basketball game I have ever seen with my own two eyes.  In front of a capacity crowd and loads of division-I college coaches in attendance, St. Mary’s would look to build on their amazing 49-game win streak, which began during the 2010-2011 high school basketball season.  The Knights would win the final 10 games of the season -…

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Mesa Mountain View (8-4) entered Tuesday night’s match-up with Red Mountain High School (8-3) as a banged up team, looking to pick up the pieces from a season that has seen numerous injuries already for head coach Henry Bribiescas. The Toros have seen injuries to several key players to this year’s team; injuries that have slowed this year’s talented team down a bit but not fully.  Three of the four losses suffered by the Toros this season came at the hands of out-of-state competition in the La Jolla Sweet Sixteen Tournament in California.  Mountain View, thought to be a team that…

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Arizona’s 2013 senior class of girls prospects is loaded with talented players for college coaches to take a strong look at this season.  With numerous members of the class already signed with division-I programs, one player that is still on the recruiting board this high school season is 3-time defending state-champion Seton Catholic High School’s 5-foot-8 senior guard prospect Anne Marie Holter. Holter remains uncommitted during her senior season after three strong high school seasons under terrific high school head coach Karen Self.  A four-year member of the varsity team at Seton Catholic, Holter has helped lead her high school program to an amazing  three…

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