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March 17, 2009
The Arizona Basketball Highway
The state of Arizona basketball is certainly on an elevator to the sky.
While the past has nourished a few players that you can watch on your TV set today, the future is holding some very promising talents as well. Some of which are already set on where they will be calling home at the next level. So while we are at a time of year where we can turn on ESPN and watch Lawrence Westbrook (Minnesota), Kevin Coble (Northwestern), Harper Kamp (California), Gavin Edwards (UCONN) or Ty Abbott (ASU), among others, there is a bright light still shining into the tunnel as we drive further down the "basketball highway" here in the valley of the sun.
A few of our most prized possessions within the basketball community that have already made their reservations for the collegiate careers include the likes of Daniel Bejarano (North HS/Texas commit), Royce Woolridge (Sunnyslope HS/Kansas commit), and Corey Hawkins (Estrella Foothills HS/ASU commit).
And by the way, all of the before mentioned players won state titles in their respective divisions.
These success stories easily come to mind, however, the thought of top-notch players such as Matt Carlino (Highland HS/Indiana commit), Nick Johnson (Highland HS), John Bailey (Dobson HS), Terrell Stoglin (Santa Rita HS), Jahii Carson (Mountain Pointe HS), George Matthews (St. Mary's HS), Robert Selmon (Central HS) and Martyre DeMarco (Shadow Mountain HS), all of which will likely land at high-major dividion-I schools somewhere down the road, certainly bring a smile to my face.
While this time of year brings about many things such as a decision on who to play for in the AAU season, rankings, trying to grab the attention of scouts and college coaches across the country, let's simply take some time and marvel at the direction that Arizona high school basketball is heading and how far it has truly come.
In conclusion, thank you to all the hard-working people that make all of this happen, the players, coaches, parents, and fans. It is truly a pleasure to be involved in Arizona high school hoops.