Arizona's 2016 class of prospects is looking to develop into one of the state's best classes, as a nice group of players in the class are playing major minutes for their respective varsity level teams. One prospect that has emerged recently among the top prospects in the class is Mesa Mountain View High School's skilled 6-foot-5, 180-pound sophomore forward Zane Jowaiszas.
Jowaiszas, while being a mere sophomore prospect for one of the state's premier basketball programs, is seeing major minutes for legendary head coach Gary Ernst this season. Jowaiszas was inserted into the Toros' starting lineup at the beginning of the season, and the Toros have rolled this season - starting off the season h a 4-0 record and blowing out each their opponents thus far this season. In fact, the Toros will not be tested this season on their schedule until after Christmas, when they compete in the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge.
Jowaiszas is only one of a few sophomore prospects that have started for the Mesa Mountain View basketball program - joining other former top-rated Toros star players Tanner Shell (Arizona State), Dennis Latimore (Notre Dame), Harper Kamp (Cal) and Brendon Lavender (University of Arizona), just to name a few.
He is a nice talent for the future and has the promise that should help him develop very nicely into another terrific talent for the Mountain View basketball program over time - especially with the coaching and development of Gary Ernst, one of the elite high school coaches in the country.
Jowaiszas has a nice physical frame for himself at such a young age, and should only continue to grow physically over the next few years of high school basketball. His physical size and ability to shoot the basketball with excellent range will suit him very nicely over time. He is able to score inside and out from several spots on the floor, and is capable of making plays for himself off the dribble as well. As he matures as a player, he will be able to do much more offensively, and also should become much more of a force on the defensive end as well.
Zane's best attribute, besides his nice overall skill level, is his overall feel for the game - combined with very good toughness as a player. He is a rugged prospect that has the skill level to make the game look easy for himself. As he matures and gains valuable experience this high school season, look out.
I will be keeping a close eye on this young man's development as a player over time, but he is already making a case among Arizona's top prospects in the 2016 class.