Fresh off his team's championship performance in this year's ASU Team Camp, Desert Vista High School's skilled 6-foot-5 rising senior wing prospect Noah Baumann had some unfinished recruiting business to take care. After recently receiving a huge Mountain West offer for himself, the skilled 2017 prospect has given a verbal commitment.
Immediately following this year's ASU Team Camp, Baumann and his family decided to accept a big scholarship offer from San Jose University and their basketball staff, before the NCAA July evaluation period would begin - a tremendous honor for a prospect that missed much of last high school season with an injury. Baumann more than made up for it with a superb spring performance for himself.
Baumann was one of the state's most underrated prospects heading into the spring. I recently indicated that he had become one of my favorite sleeper prospects in the state - regardless of class. This spring, I was extremely impressed with Baumann's ability to make consistent plays against the top competition in the West, as he teamed up alongside superstar guard Saben Lee and Chaparral's Colton Kresl on Powerhouse Hoops 17U Black, and helped lead the team to numerous big victories and a runner-up Tournament Championship finish in Las Vegas.
Baumann was just beginning to generate serious division-I interest before receiving a tremendous Mountain West offer recently.
Baumann will continue to travel and compete this summer with his Powerhoops 17U Black team to Atlanta, California and Vegas.
Congratulations to the Baumann family and the Powerhouse Hoops organization on this amazing commitment - proving just how important a strong performance during the NCAA evaluation period can benefit an Arizona prospect.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: In the many games I watched Baumann perform this spring, his play was strong and consistent - proving that he is worthy of division-I level college recruitment. This young man does everything that a team needs to help them win basketball games. He is a versatile performer with the basketball in his hands - able to shoot or score the basketball or also makes plays for others. He always has his head up - looking for open cutters or the right play on the floor. He is a good driver and finisher of the basketball, and is also able to stop and shoot the mid-range jump shot when he creates space. Baumann is at his best shooting the basketball, and he does it at a high clip and with range. He is a specialist as a shooter, and can help any program with his ability to make shots and under pressure. His size also makes him very attractive shooting the basketball, as he is one of the bigger shooters available in the state. Baumann is a winner, and he plays both ends of the court. He accepts challenges on the defensive end - a good one-on-one defender and team defender. While he doesn't look particulary fast or quick even, Baumann understands angles on the court and body positioning, which allows him to be a good defender. He is also an active rebounder for his size, and is especially good on the offensive end, where he likes to get put-backs from teammate's missed shots. As Baumann gets physically stronger and matures, we will see his game progress a great deal. He is extremely productive now, so 15 more pounds of muscle on his frame will do him quite well in his collegiate career.