Author: Anthony Ray

With college coaches venturing to the state this week to take a hard look at college prospects primarily from the 2023 and 2024 classes, one prospect that college coaches need to take a hard look at is Perry High School’s athletically gifted 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior guard Ben Egbo. While Egbo has not received anywhere near the acclaim of his two high school teammates, Cody Williams and Koa Peat, Egbo is now coming into his own as a player and a college prospect, and will look to have a big senior season – looking to help Perry win a back-to-back 6A…

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The annual exciting ACCAC JUCO Jamboree is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 1st, and will be held at Chandler-Gilbert Junior College. Our Arizona Preps’ staff will be in attendance for this year’s event to bring you complete coverage of the event, and also our top overall performers from the day. Here is the schedule for this year’s JUCO Jamboree . . .

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This week will see many college coaches visit our state, as the NCAA recruiting window opened up for Division-I college coaches to begin hitting the road on Friday, September 9th. As a result, many college coaches will venture to the state between now and November 6th. The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) will have practices this week for college coaches to be able to attend and evaluate the top juco talent in Arizona.

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In January of 2020, the CDC confirmed the first US Coronavirus case in America. As the pandemic grew quickly in the US, the world changed quickly with it. As the Coronavirus spread throughout the world everything ultimately changed, including college basketball recruiting around the country for all college programs. As a result of the COVID pandemic and the inability of college coaches to get out and see college prospects for some time, as a result, recruiting became very challenging and almost non existent for most college prospects, as the country and the NCAA looked to figure out how to manage…

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WIth college coaches across the country focusing on numerous prospects in the 2023 Class, across the country, one player that has yet to find a college suitor is Dream City Christian Prep’s gifted and athletic 6-foot-7 senior guard/wing Mathiang Maker. With no current offers to his credit, Maker has blossomed as a player and has been putting his opposition on notice as a result. Maker’s dominant performance on Tuesday evening in the opening night of the AZ Compass Prep Fall League proved just how much college programs are currently missing on this young man. Maker’s performance against an overmatched Skyline…

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The Area Codes Labor Day Invitational took place over the weekend at North Canyon and Sunnyslope High School, and included numerous youth boys and girls basketball teams of different age groups. I was on hand to take part in Saturday’s action for the 17U Division, and was able to see many sleeper prospects in action on the day. Here are the top sleeper prospects that emerged on the day from the event . . . Top 2023 Prospects Michael DeHorney 6-8 SR PF AZ Compass Prep Black – 2023 Class DeHorney has grown physically since we last saw him. He…

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The exciting Pangos All-American Festival was held this weekend in Long Beach, California, @ McBride High School and was loaded as always with top-rated national level talent. Organized again by Event DIrector Dinos Trigonis and his Pangos staff, this year’s event had an extra push, as Puma sponsored the event with very nice uniforms and shoes for all of the participants, scouts and media. The event was loaded with Division-I talent, as the majority of prospects in action were still undecided on their college futures, while some have already given early commitments. The event was a two-day event and featured…

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The exciting Pangos All-American Festival was held this weekend in Long Beach, California, @ McBride High School and was loaded as always with top-rated national level talent. Organized again by Event DIrector Dinos Trigonis and his Pangos staff, this year’s event had an extra push, as Puma sponsored the event with very nice uniforms and shoes for all of the participants, scouts and media. The event was loaded with Division-I talent, as the majority of prospects in action were still undecided on their college futures, while some have already given early commitments. The event was a two-day event and featured…

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One of the top overall prospects in Arizona’s 2024 Class is a 3-sport star in the making and resides in Northern Arizona. Boulder Creek High School’s 6-foot-2, 185-pound rising junior guard Rowan McKenzie is a superb athletic talent that has excelled in each sport he plays, and is now regarded as one of the top guard prospects in the state. While still young, McKenzie is developing quickly into a superior talent in several sports and will carve out an excellent athletic high school career for himself, building a looming decision that he will need to make in the future, regarding…

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One prospect that caught my attention this off-season with his play is Valley Vista High School’s talented 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior forward Dwayne Jones. A very unheralded prospect, Jones held his own against some of the state’s top opposition all spring and summer, and, I believe, will have a big senior season – a breakout season for Jones and the Valley Vista basketball program. We have already spoken about the potential season for Valley Vista in 2023, as Jones will team up again with sharp-shooting 6-foot-2 senior guard Aadem Isai to create one of the state’s top one-two punches this high…

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