The Southwest All-American Camp took place this past weekend @ Cortez High School over two days, and featured much of the state's top talent, as well as some top prospects from around the West. With some of the top-rated regional scouts also in attendance to catch all of the action from the event, two prospects stood out from the rest in this year's event with their terrific play - Hillcrest Prep 6-foot-5 rising superstar junior guard Kyree Walker (Arizona State commit) and also Tucson Amphitheater's very athletically gifted 6-foot-3 rising junior guard Jackson Ruai.
Kyree Walker was a man among boys physically in the event - doing very much what he wanted and when he wanted to. Playing much like former AAU legendary guard and former NBA performer O.J. Mayo, as he plays at a considerably high level even though he is considered among the nation's elite prospects. Walker loves the game and plays with considerable passion whenever he steps on the floor. Unlike many elite prospects in the country that sit out most events of this kind, Walker looks forward to the challenge and competes consistently.
Walker is among the elite overall prospects in America's 2020 Class - regarded by everyone as a Top-5 national prospect in the class. Walker is a big-time young talent that has already received rave reviews nationally, since he physically is stronger and more athletic than most players his size and age. He has a nice handle of the basketball and a strong feel for the game, which allows him to make plays off the dribble and finish strong at the rim, while also being able to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.
Walker committed to Bob Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils as a freshman, and the gifted prospect has yet to waver in his commitment - another nice aspect of Walker as a fine young man.
Tucson Amphitheater High School's ultra-athletic 6-foot-3 rising senior guard prospect Jackson Ruai is one of the state's most athletically gifted talents in the 2019 class. Ruai really showcased his superb athleticism and nice versatility as a player in this year's event, proving that he is even better than we figured - heading into this year's event.
Ruai is an electric guard prospect with a long, rangy body and excellent quickness and athleticism. He is capable of playing both guard positions on the floor, although he is at his best as a scorer from the off-guard position. He does like to have the basketball in his hands and make plays for his team.
Ruai has received numerous scholarship offers for himself already - possessing offers from such schools as Nevada, Grand Canyon, UC-Davis, Portland State, Houston Baptist and NAU - Grand Canyon University and Houston Baptist. Ruai will now look to earn many more offers heading into the busy recruiting month of July.
It was a very exciting event, loaded with a lot of the state's top basketball talent, and Walker and Ruai proved to be this year's best - earning Co-MVP honors .