Author: Anthony Ray

Corona Del Sol High School’s 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard Casey Benson has been selected as our 2012 Arizona Preps Boys Player of the Year. Benson is coming off an excellent sophomore season where he led his Corona Del Sol High School boys basketball team to this year’s 2012 Division-I State Championship, after a big 66-53 championship win over Cesar Chavez HS. Benson also helped lead his Aztecs to the 2012 Section-I Championship, as the Aztecs only lossed one game on the season – compiling a very impressive 32-1 record on the season in the state’s top division. “First and foremost, I…

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St. Mary’s 5-foot-11 senior guard/forward Shilpa Tummala has been selected as the 2012 Arizona Preps Girls Player of the Year. Tummala is coming off an amazing senior season, where she helped lead her St. Mary’s Knights to this year’s 2012 Division-I State Championship, after an impressive championship victory over a surging Hamilton HS team – 65-40.  Tummala also helped lead the Knights to the Section-I Tournament Championship. While these accomplishments by the St. Mary’s team were very impressive, none was more impressive than the fact that the Knight were also regarded as the nation’s #1 ranked teamall season long – winning this…

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With so many of the state’s top 2012 prospects still available this spring, let’s take a look into another one of the state’s top unsigned performers. South Mountain High School’s 6-foot-3, 165-pound senior combo-guard prospect Allante Smith is a name many in the Arizona basketball community have not heard of, but this young man is definitely a nice prospect for college programs to take a strong look at. Smith helped lead his Jaguars to a 15-13 overall record this season in the state’s Division-II Class, and while the team was not able to make it to the post-season this year, Smith…

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  With many of the state’s best prospects in the 2012 class still uncommitted this spring, there will be many top-rated prospects playing through the spring evaluation period hoping to land a nice scholarship offer, or atleast looking to find a college home for next season.    One of the state’s best talents still on the recruiting table has developed a great deal over the past two years and has played himself into a good position for himself this spring.    Desert Mountain High School’s 6-foot-7, 195-pound senior guard/forward Austin Cooke is one of the state’s best talents and also among the…

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The spring will be a very busy period for both high school boys and girls basketball prospects in the state of Arizona, as many of the state’s top prospects are still available and unsigned. Cactus High School’s very versatile 5-foot-11, 145-pound senior guard/forward Sydney Mullings is one of the state’s top unsigned girls prospects still on the board. Mullings put up very good numbers this high school season, while leading her Cobras to a 22-10 overall record in the state’s Division-II Class.  She would also help lead Cactus to the second round of the Division-II state playoffs, before a loss to #7…

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As if his senior season had not already been good enough, the 2011-2012 season just got much better for Phoenix Country Day High School’s 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior forward AJ Hess. After leading his high school program to an impressive 31-5 record this season and also to the Division-IV State Championship, after a blowout, 49-29 championship victory over Arizona Lutheran, Hess would reel in a great honor at the end of the high school season.  Last week, Hess was selected to the Arizona Republic All-Arizona Team – a prestigious honor for Arizona high school basketball players in the state for many years.…

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The state of Arizona, unlike many states, is still rather loaded with unsigned talent in the senior class.  With many college programs now focusing their attention on unsigned prospects across the country, as schools go through coaching changes and focus on next season, Valley Vista High School’s 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior forward T.K. Edogi is garnering much recruiting attention. A definite sleeper prospect, Edogi has not been seen by many college programs.  For those that have seen this talented senior prospect, Edogi has become a hot target as of late. The Valley Vista HS team struggled to win ball games this season while…

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Another offer on the table for Pinnacle High School’s 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior post Cody McDavis.  After receiving his second division-I offer recently, McDavis now has three on the table for himself. This week, after already receiving offers from UC-Davis and Northern Colorado, Davis received a phone call and an official offer from UC-Riverside assistant coach Chris Brazelton.  Davis is expected to take his first official recruiting visit this weekend when he visits the UC-Davis campus. McDavis had his best season to date in helping lead Pinnacle HS to a strong 2011-2012 season and a 30-4 record. McDavis advised me that…

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The 2012 Arizona Reebok Headliner Tryout will be held this year at Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School on Sunday, May 6th.  The cost is free for all participants and will be for high school boys.  Here is some more information on this year’s event. WHAT: 2012 Arizona Reebok Headliner Try Out WHEN: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 (10AM to 6PM) WHERE: Chaparral High School – Located at 6935 E. Gold Dust Avenue Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 COST: FREE For All Participants AGES: High School Boys (2013, 2014 and 2015 only) – * No Post-Graduates or Seniors permitted.) FORMAT: LIMITED to 200 players – each player…

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Hamilton High School’s girls basketball program was on a tear this high school season – finishing the year with a championship game loss to the dominant St. Mary’s girls basketball program, 65-40. While no one had expected to see the Hamilton girls in this year’s Division-I state campionship game, the Huskies would finish the season with a strong 27-7 overall record. As a #12 seed from Section-II, Hamilton would play their best basketball of the season at the right time of the year.  Hamilton would knock off #5 seed Red Mountain HS, 51-49, in overtime to advance to the state quarterfinals, and then…

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