Arizona's 2017 class of prospects is loaded with talent, and one prospect that has climbed up the ladder in the class after a terrific spring performance is Basha High School's talented and promising 6-foot-5, 195-pound rising junior wing Gabe McGlothan. McGlothan made a nice splash this spring - leading his club team to several big tournament championships on the club circuit. As a result, the gifted wing prospect now has two different scholarship offers on the table for himself.
Recently, McGlothan earned two scholarship offers from local rising basketball power, Grand Canyon University and also the Big Sky Conference's Northern Colorado. Grand Canyon has made the state of Arizona's top prospects their priority, since the hiring of head coach Dan Majerle, while Northern Colorado has done an excellent job of recruiting the state over the past 5 years.
McGlothan has not indicated that he will give an early verbal commitment, so this looks to be just the beginning for McGlothan, who looks primed to have a big summer performance and continue to attract much more college attention.
Arizona's 2017 class was looking to be another big class for the state, much like that of the recent 2014 class. But with the recent transfers of Perry High School's superstar guard Markus Howard to Findlay Prep (NV) and St. Mary's star guard Marcus Shavers moving to Texas to play at Prime Prep, the class took a major hit. As a result, other top-rated prospects in the class, like McGlothan, have quickly seen a serious rise to the top of the class rankings.
McGlothan quickly emerged this spring as one of the elite prospects in the class. After leading his club program, Arizona D1 Nation 16U, to consecutive Double Pump tournament championships in the 16U Division this spring (won 3-consecutive tournament championships), McGlothan became a very hot prospect in the group of talented 2017 performers.
It is at the right time for McGlothan, who emerged this past high school season for his Basha HS team in a reserve role. While seeing a lot of playing time this season while coming off the bench, McGlothan provided excellent athleticism and an ability to slash for a talented group. Next high school season, McGlothan will have developed into a serious recruiting target for 2017, and will be among the state's elite overall prospects.
The frontcourt combination next season of McGlothan, 6-foot-10 senior post Devin Kirby and 6-foot-9 senior post Klay Stall would have been the best of its kind in the state, and among the best frontcourts in the country. Recently, a serious knee injury to Klay Stall (torn ACL, MCL) changed the future of the Basha program.
McGlothan is a sure-fire talent with loads of potential for the future. Still a young prospect, he is a very gifted athlete with excellent size and a nice overall skill level. He plays the game with passion and is capable of making plays most players in the state, regardless of class, cannot make. Based on what I have seen already from this young man, he is a definite high-major division-I prospect that should receive his fair share of college recruitment.
I will be keeping a close eye on McGlothan this summer, and will bring you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Get ready for this young man, as he is a big-time young prospect for the future that many do not know about. That will change very soon. McGlothan is a big-time young talent that will soon garner much division-I recruiting interest, and if he gets seen by the right people, this is a high-major division-I prospect. McGlothan is an excellent looking prospect with a nice skill level, combined with superb athletic talent. He can make plays that most players cannot, and above the rim. He has an excellent feel for the game and it is obvious that this young man plays often and works on his craft. Resembles a young Bryson Krueger (Arizona State), former Mountain Pointe HS graduate, as a player. Watch out for this young man over the next two years - his future looks extremely bright.