There has been a shake-up with the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs at Central Arizona College. A change in leadership for both programs led to changes and uncertainty. Coach Geoff Golden took the Head Women’s Position in the late Fall, however is bringing a blue-collar mentality to his program. He is not using the transition as an excuse, rather he is using it to make his players and community believe.
The Vaqueras are 9-11 so far this season, and lost close games against nationally ranked Eastern Arizona and Pima College. They are only suiting up (7) players, however they leave it out on the floor every night. Central is a gritty team who competes hard until the final buzzer. That grit is paving a solid foundation for the Vaqueras, as I anticipate Coach Golden to continue to get his team back to a national power soon. Here are some of the prospects in his program that caught my attention:
Pa’Shence Walker JUCO FR 5-8 Guard
Walker is an intriguing prospect, as she has good shooting range, play-making ability and hits shots in clutch. She has a great foundation to become a solid 4-year player, as her game continues to grow. A prospect for 4-year schools to keep a tab on.
Senya Rabouin JUCO SO 5-6 Point Guard
Rabouin is an impressive floor general who makes her presence known with her tight handle, three level scoring and facilitation ability. She was responsible for helping lead her team back in the 2nd half of the game against Eastern with her play-making ability. I urge 4-year schools needing a floor general ready to contribute to keep Rabouin on your radar, as she has tremendous upside.
Mia Ross JUCO SO 5-7 Guard
Ross plays big as she is long and explosive. She has good scoring ability, motor and competes hard on both ends of the floor. Ross will be another solid pickup for a 4-year program looking for a guard who can contribute on both ends of the floor right away.
Jayla Scott JUCO FR 6-2 Forward
Scott’s game grew on me as I was able to watch her high school career. She has improved her skill tremendously, as she showed me that she can keep up with the pace of the game at the college level and produce. Scott showed versatility as a stretch-four, although in high school I only projected her to play inside. She has improved her scoring range and ball handling. I anticipate her stock to skyrocket next season.