The 1st Annual Promotion Athletics 2014 Senior All-Star Game took place on Saturday evening at the impressive Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. After the completion to this year's 15th Annual Arizona Preps Falls Showcase and a huge commitment by Zylan Cheatham to the San Diego State Aztecs, the game reconvened at 7:30PM - showcasing some of the state's elite-level talent from the 2014 senior class.
Arizona's 2014 class is absolutely loaded with division-I talent, and with such top-rated prospects in participation as South Mountain High School's Zylan Cheatham, Mesa Mountain View's Payton Dastrup, Westview's Andre Adams, Arizona State commit - Dobson HS 6-foot-5 senior guard Kodi Justice, the talent-level in the game was fierce.
With a host of top-rated talent on the floor, Cesar Chavez High School's 6-foot-6 underrated senior forward Pablo Rivas proved his worth and ability on Saturday evening - winning this year's Promotion Athletics All-Star Game Tournament Most Valuable Player Award.
Rivas impressed many scouts in attendance with his ability to play a complete game and showcase many different skillsets. Rivas attacked the rim and finished very strong, blocked shots, rebounded, scored in transition and shot the basketball nicely from the perimeter. He flat out did it all and proved why he is among the best sleeper prospects in the West.
"He did it all," said top-rated national basketball scout Jerry Mullens at the event. "You have to give him the MVP - he did everything in the game."
Rivas has currently received strong interest from several division-I programs as he currently holds offers from Northern Arizona, Denver and Portland State. He is also receiving strong interest from such schools as UC- Riverside and Tulsa.
Rivas is among the top overall prospects in Arizona’s loaded 2014 class, and he is worthy of some serious recruiting attention. His length, athleticism and motor are good enough to raise eyebrows of any college coaches watching him perform. The struggle for Rivas has been getting college coaches to his games – making him a serious sleeper prospect for mid-major plus division-I programs.
A native of Puerto Rico, Rivas is also a very good student and told us that he carries a 3.7 CUM GPA in the classroom.
Look for the college recruitment of Rivas to begin to soar as great deal after this weekend's performance.
Also playing very well in the game were Desert Ridge HS 6-foot-3 senior guard Hunter Thomas, Gilbert High School's 6-foot-8 senior forward Spencer Nicolds, 6-foot-3 senior guard Tate De Laveaga (Northern Arizona commit), Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-3 senior guard Collin Weaver (Oakland University commit), Westwind Prep's 6-foot-3 senior guard Nyaries Redding and 6-foot-4 senior guard Lyrik Shreiner, Mountain Pointe High School's 6-foot-6 senior forward Chris Davis, Maryvale High School's 6-foot-6 senior forward Jorge Cano, Mountain Ridge HS 6-foot-9 senior post Luke Smith, Chandler High School's 6-foot-2 senior guard Marco Morales, Westview High School's 6-foot-4 senior Isaiah Bellamy and Washington D.C.'s 6-foot-8 forward Ellis Dozier of Sherwood High School.