Author: Anthony Ray

The only girl’s basketball program in the state of Arizona that has been able to be mentioned in the same breathe as the lady Knights of St. Mary’s High School, is the girl’s basketball program at Seton Catholic HS.  The Sentinels are winners of the last three consecutive state championships in their division – (1) Division-II state title last season and (2) 4A Division-II state championships before that. Under terrific head coach Karen Self, Seton Catholic has won an amazing 3 consecutive state championships and has compiled a record of 110-19 over the last four seasons.  Seton Catholic (9-2) entered Tuesday night’s match-up with previously…

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After amazing performances during the 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 high school basketball seasons, the lady Knights of St. Mary’s High School have returned again this season to pick up right where they left off the last two seasons. Last season was a perfect season for St. Mary’s, as they made history in the state of Arizona for girl’s basketball – finishing with a perfect 30-0 record on the season and winning their second-consecutive state championship in easy fashion.  The Knights also won the coveted Nike Tournament of Champions girls tournament during the winter, and also an historic national championship (by ESPN) and #1 national ranking. The Knights saw the graduation of last year’s…

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The state of Arizona’s 2014 class of prospects is absolutely loaded with talented prospects.  The state will not have another class this special for many years.  One player in the class that has really developed over the past year, and has put himself into a position to become one of the better prospects in the class is Westwind Prep’s 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior combo-guard prospect Tate De Laveaga. De Laveaga competed for his first two high school seasons at Horizon High School, but after his father, Jeff De Laveaga, decided to take over the helm at local prep basketball power Westwind Prep, Tate decided…

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With many girls prospects in the state still unsigned from the 2013 senior class, there will be many prospects for college programs to take a hard look at this high school season, and as part of next spring’s evaluation period. One of the better looking unsigned senior prospects in the state is Queen Creek High School’s 5-foot-9 senior guard/forward Sarah Hefington. Hefington is a sleeper prospect in the class and is still someone that many college programs still have not seen play, but she is worthy of some serious attention this season and next spring. Hefington is not a glaring top-rated prospect that is…

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Shadow Mountain High School (11-1) is off to a big start to the 2012-2013 high school basketball season, and is looking a lot like the Shadow Mountain HS of old – that is the Shadow Mountain HS of the 1990’s when NBA star guard Mike Bibby graced the Arizona basketball hardwoods. Much of the reason for this similarity is that the Matadors are loaded with young talent for the future, and have a nice balance of youth and experience on this year’s team – led by the play of sharp-shooting 6-foot-2 senior guard Keegan Hansen. Shadow Mountain head coach Cain Jagodzinski…

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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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