Sunnyslope High School is coming off an excellent season in 2012-2013, as the team finished with a very impressive 28-4 overall record on the season. Led by their terrific head coach Ray Portela and his committed basketball staff, the Vikings would advance to the Division-II state semi-finals before falling to eventual state champion, Paradise Valley HS.
Sunnyslope's future looks extremely bright with the return of rapidly developing star post prospect, 6-foot-9 junior post Michael Humphrey. Humphrey turned in his best high school season to date last season, and has already raised his level of play significantly this spring and heading into the summer months. Humphrey is now receiving serious high-major division-I college recruitment as a result of his potential for the future.
Joining Humphrey next season now at the Sunnyslope program will be 6-foot-3, 185-pound sophomore combo-guard prospect Sammy Thompkins.
Arizona Preps has learned that Thompkins, our #1 rated shooting guard prospect in Arizona's 2015 class, has decided to move from Tucson to Phoenix this summer. Thompkins played for Marana Mountain View High School in Tucson last season.
Thompkins is coming an excellent sophomore season, as he ranked among the top individual performers in the state as a mere sophomore – averaging 20.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals per/game.
This young man is among the top individual overall prospects in Arizona’s 2015 class, and is the son of former college standout Gary Thompkins, who played at Iowa State.
Thompkins came up big this season and should only continue to improve over another two high school seasons of play, especially under the leadership of the Sunnyslope coaching staff, which is among the best in the state at teaching the fundamentals of the game of basketball.
Already possessing a college-ready body at such a young age, Thompkins' physical size, strength and shooting stroke are glaring attributes for him as such a young prospect. He is also capable of playing both guard positions on the floor, which makes him a versatile prospect and valuable to his team.
The combination of Humphrey and Thompkins next season should be one to watch, as these two prospects look to lead the Vikings to next year's state championship.