2021 Prospect Spotlight: Jose Miguel

by George Courtney | Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Arizona’s Native American Reservations have a rich basketball history and culture. Native Americans across the United States are avid basketball fans.

In Northern Arizona, enormous arenas had to replace high school gymnasiums to support the large number of spectators flocking to high school basketball games. The same following can be seen in the Central Arizona area, which is home to the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) Tournament, which attracts (128) Indigenous boys' and girls' teams from around the world. That culture and history has inspired 6-foot-5 Ak-Chin 2021 prospect Jose Miguel to pursue playing at the college level.

Miguel is coming off a huge junior season, where he averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.3 blocks per/game.

Miguel recently transferred to the area’s new prep program in Heritage Academy (Maricopa).

Scouts and media, as well as our Arizona Preps' staff were able to observe his raw talent at last year's 21st Annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase. In the event, Miguel carried his team on his back in a close loss to perennial power La Joya High School. Jose finished that contest with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.

Miguel has a nice skill-set in finishing the play, with a serious mid-range jumper and perimeter shot with excellent range and textbook form. His other strong attributes include great court vision, unselfish play by getting his teammates involved, and a willingness to step up and guard the opposing team’s best player.

I look forward to observing him this up-and-coming season, as his team (Heritage Academy Maricopa) begins a national prep schedule this fall.

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