Author: Anthony Ray

Many prospects in Arizona develop later than sooner.  This has definitely been the case for Chaparral High School’s 6-foot-6 graduated senior forward Zach Tolson.  Tolson has seen his game develop rapidly throughout his senior season, and then through the spring and summer months – enough that the talented wing prospect will head the prep school route this fall in an effort to develop much more before taking his game to the collegiate ranks. As a senior starter for former Chaparral HS head coach Damin Lopez, Tolson caught fire late in the high school season and began to show excellent potential as…

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Phoenix Country Day talented 6-foot-6 graduated senior forward prospect AJ Hess is still looking to make his final decision on a college home.  After having a big senior season and winning a state title, Hess has taken his time on deciding on a college program. Recently this summer, it looked as though Hess was headed to Colorado College, a nice academic division-III program.  But after mulling over his options for the future, Hess decided to continue playing on the AAU/club circuit for an opportunity to continue his college recruitment and land something bigger for himself.  With so few prospects still available this summer…

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We continue our new Summer Player Rankings for girls basketball in Arizona with our next release – rankings for the 2014 rising junior class.  This class is also filled with many talented prospects, and has numerous division-I prospects at different positions.  While the class is still being defined, many prospects in the class have already made their case among the state’s elite prospects. Leading the way for this summer’s rankings in the 2014 class is St. Mary’s High School’s terrific 6-foot rising junior guard/forward Courtney Ekmark (UCONN commit).  Ekmark is fresh off a big sophomore campaign where she helped lead her Knights to a perfect 30-0 season, and also a second-straight state championship (this…

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Centennial High School’s 5-foot-11 rising senior forward Kiara Clark is among the elite prospects in Arizona’s 2013 class, and she has soared as a college prospect – although you do not hear her name mentioned as much as many of the other elite-level talents in the state. We recently ranked Clark as one of our top prospects in Arizona’s 2013 class, and she is one player that could see a much higher ranking in our next release in the fall. Clark is coming off an amazing junior season where she put up ridiculous numbers on the season – averaging a team-high 23.3 points,…

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With all of the focus this summer being on the 2013 rising senior class, and even the 2014 rising junior class in the state of Arizona by college coaches across America, no one went into the summer months expecting to evaluate or even witness the superb talents of a rising 8th grader – a member of the 2017 class.  While it wasn’t expected, it happened. Arizona College Prep 8th grade prospect, 5-foot-9 point guard Markus Howard emerged this summer, even though no college coaches expected him to, while competing at the 16U level for the Arizona Magic Pump N Run-2014 squad.  While competing with the…

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As good as the off-season performances were for many other prospects in the state of Arizona, no other prospect went from complete obscurity in the spring to an elite high-major rating by the end of the summer.  In fact, Westview High School’s 6-foot-8 junior post Andre Adams’ performance this off-season was almost epic, as he went from a quiet and unaggressive talent during the high school season, to an athletic, high-motor, skilled and shot-blocking animal during the club circuit. Adams’ play this off-season raised the eyebrows of many college coaches, scouts and media across the country, as he was featured on such…

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With offers beginning to pour in for the talented wing prospect, Pinnacle High School’s 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior Dorian Pickens, has received his biggest offer to date. This week, after having a big spring and summer for himself while playing for the Arizona Stars, Pickens reeled in an offer from the University of Arizona and head coach Sean Miller. “I was definitely happy about it,” Pickens told GOAZCATS.com.  Pickens went on to also say, “I really have no leeway toward any school right now.” Pickens also currently holds offers from Arizona State, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Boston College and Rice – a list…

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A lot has changed over the last year for Arcadia High School’s 6-foot-3 graduated senior prospect Larry Lewis.  After an early verbal commitment by Lewis to the USC Trojans as a mere sophomore, Lewis found himself back on the recruiting board after failing to qualify academically during his senior season.  When the early signing period arrived during the fall of 2011, Lewis’ senior season, Lewis was left holding the scholarship papers, while the Trojans moved on. Lewis would go on to have a big senior season while leading his Arcadia HS team to a big 25-7 record on the season and…

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While the majority of teams in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend had already returned home on Sunday, the 2013 version of the Arizona Magic Pump N Run were still playing on Sunday.  After defeating a tough Marcus Banks Hard 2 Guard (CA) team in the morning on Sunday in the Gold Division semi-final game behind three late free-throws by Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-2 rising senior guard John Marshall, the team advanced to the division’s championship game on Sunday afternoon at the tournament headquarters – Rancho High School. Matched up with Martin’s Wolverines (CO), the team would play one more game for…

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Saturday was a trying day for many teams that have advanced in their respective events in Las Vegas.  Like the PGA Tour, Saturday was moving day for teams in the playoff rounds at this year’s Adidas Super 64 event.  And that’s exactly what the  2013 version of the Arizona Magic Pump N Run did on Saturday, as they won three consecutive games in the Gold Division of this year’s event – advancing to the semi-finals of the tournament. Led by the play of Brophy Prep’s 6-foot-9 senior post Tim Kempton, Poston Butte’s 6-foot-3 senior guard Jalen Richard, Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-2 senior…

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