One of the top individual performers in the state of Arizona is primed and ready for another big season. Basha High School's tough and skilled 6-foot-4 senior Christian Warren is among the top performers in the state, and last year led Basha to a very strong season. While Basha could come up short of their team goal of winning it all last season, Basha will be back this season, looking to win it all. If Basha is to win an Open Division State Championship this high school season, they will need a well balanced attack and an even stronger season from Christian Warren.
Warren is among the top prospects from Arizona's 2024 Class. While his recruitment has yet to really take shape for himself, he is definitely worthy of serious college recruitment. Warren is a college-ready performer with excellent toughness and versatility, with a nice offensive skillset. He will eventually be a plug-and-play performer for the right college program, as a result of his physicality and approach to the game. Currently, Warren is hearing from numerous smaller college programs, and, most likely, will be a spring college signee. A big senior season for himself will definitely solidify a higher level of college recruitment for him throughout the high school season.
This spring and summer, Warren played for legendary club coach Elvert "Kool-Aid" Perry and his Inland Empire (CA) club program, and had a good showing, while looking to take his game to another level and improve his college recruitment. Warren competed against strong competition consistently, and alongside other top rated prospects. His young rising star Basha teammates Mason Magee and Elijah Summers-Livingston also competed for a strong Vegas Elite (NV) program, so these three prospects will unite again this high school season to give Basha a formidable trio, as they look to win it all this high school season.
Basha High School gifted Head Coach Mike Grothaus led this group to a strong 25-5 overall record last season, as Basha was regarded as one of the elite teams in the state all season. Basha High School has been very successful as a basketball program under the strong leadership of Grothaus - winning a state championship in 2017 with an almost perfect season. Since then, Basha has excelled in each high school season - competing for an opportunity to win a state championship each season. Basha would eventually fall to Open Division State Champion runner-up Sunnyslope (70-47) on the road in the semi-finals - leaving a bad taste for Basha, and creating an atmosphere for revenge this high school season. If Basha is to make that next big step to win it all this high school season, they will need an inspired effort from their "Big 3," and strong leadership on the court from Warren.
As a junior, Warren averaged 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per/game. I expect him to raise his numbers considerably as a senior, as he will be laser-focused on winning a state championship.
Warren is a nice sleeper prospect for Arizona's 2024 Class, and I look forward to seeing his college recruitment take shape this high school season. He is also an excellent student with a 3.7 CUM GPA. I look forward to a big senior season from Warren and Basha, as they will be among the very elite programs in the state again.
I look forward to following Warren and Basha again this season, and will bring you any recruiting updates for Warren as his recruitment continues to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Warren has excellent versatility as a player, as he is able to defend several positions on the court, and he also plays much bigger than his size suggests. His value to a team has really grown on me over the past couple years, as he has proven himself consistently on and off the court, and has become a serious college prospect. Warren is very deceivingly athletic, which really benefits his game, as he is very active on the glass and able to make plays as a result of his athleticism and tenacity. Warren is a very skilled forward with a very good shooting stroke with range, and when he is making shots, he really gets going, as it opens up his full game. Warren is also a strong driver and finisher at the basket, and he is able to score effectively over bigger defenders. He is a strong rebounder as a result of his length, one of his best assets as a player. He is active on the glass and also rebounds outside of his area. Warren is also a strong defender and plays passing lanes well. He is a good ball handler and looks for the open man on the floor. A very good sleeper prospect that should play immediately in college.