The Hillcrest Prep National Team is currently 21-4 and headed for the National Tournament this weekend, after winning another major tournament this past weekend. Hillcrest Prep heads to the national prep tournament as the #2 overall seed in the event - a tremendous accomplishment for an Arizona-based prep program. No other Arizona team has ever accomplished such an honor.
To achieve such an honor nationally, Hillcrest defeated three different programs this season that were ranked in the USA Today Top 15 this season. Hillcrest is led by the nation's top 2017 basketball prospect and future NBA Lottery pick, 7-foot-1 junior post DeAndre Ayton. Ayton is currently averaging over 30.3 points, 16.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per/game. Ayton is a sure-fire NBA Lottery pick in the 2018 draft, and has an unbelievable ceiling as a pro prospect.
Hillcrest is also full of other college prospects on their roster. Here is an evaluation of each of these college prospects that have contributed a great deal this season to the success of the Hillcrest program (In no particular order) . . .
Channel Banks 6-4 SR PG/SG Hillcrest Prep Academy - 2016 Class
Bigger-sized combo-guard prospect that already has offers from Middles Tennesse State, Prairie View and Colorado State. Banks is a mid-major talent and will flourish at the next level. He is an excellent 3-point shooter that has the ability to get to the basket and finish in traffic. A very good rebounder with good toughness. A good defender that plays passing lanes. A big-time sleeper prospect.
Julian Payton 6-1 SR PG Hillcrest Prep Academy - 2016 Class
The son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton. This younger Payton is very quick and shifty and can get anywhere on the court, almost whenever he wants. He has a 5.5 assist to 1.1 turnover ratio. He is a lock-down defender and is an underrated scorer - averaging over 11.5 points per/game this season. He is a solid college prospect with a high ceiling if he grows and matures physically. He already holds offers from Texas Southern and Drexel.
Sam Harvey 7-0 Prep C Hillcrest Prep Academy - 2016 Class
DeMarre Walker 6-1 Prep PG Hillcrest Academy - 2016 Class