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Senior Editor and Arizona Preps founder Anthony Ray has worked hard daily to cover Arizona's high school and junior college basketball prospects since 1995. Ray's pursuit to improve the lives of Arizona's youth has translated for almost 20 years.

Ray attended Moon Valley High School and graduated in 1991, before becoming a standout player for the Rockets during his 3-year varsity high school career. Ray went on to play collegiately at Lake Forest College (IL) during his freshman year, then played his sophomore season for Pima Community College in the junior college league in Arizona. After a strong season at Pima JC, Ray attempted to walk on at Northern Arizona before giving up his basketball career to raise his daughter.

Ray completed a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) at Arizona State University in 1995, and then completed an MBA-Masters in Business Administration (Management) at Western International University in 2002, and an MBA-Masters in Business Administration (Marketing) at Western International University in 2014.

After growing up in the state of Arizona and having a love for Arizona's youth, Ray began his goal of improving the level of basketball in the state of Arizona.

Ray began his scouting service, the Arizona Hoop Review, in 1995 as a media outlet for Arizona basketball. The report created by Ray was sent out quarterly to many of the nation's top division-I programs, and included an overview of the state's best in high school and junior college basketball.  Since then and currently today, Ray is Arizona's top College Basketball Scout.

With the Arizona Hoop Review scouting report taking off across the country, the report would reach the hands of a West Coast basketball scout, Jerry Norley of West Coast Hoops. Norley contacted Ray and gave him an opportunity to create an Arizona-based recruiting website, Arizonapreps.com in the summer of 1999.

With the internet becoming a household entity across the world at the time, Ray launched the Arizona Preps site through Rivals.com in August of 1999.  Ray was also recognized by Reebok and Grassroots Basketball Director Chris Rivers as the shoe company's National Director of Scouting in 2006.

As a coach, Ray formerly coached and developed hundreds of players, including such NBA talents as Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics), Jerryd Bayless (Philadelphia 76ers), Carrick Felix (Dallas Mavericks), Bryce Cotton (Utah Jazz), Luis Ahmundson (New York Knicks / Phoenix Suns), Zylan Cheatham (New Orleans Pelicans) and also a large number of former and current NCAA Division-I, II, III and NAIA college players.

Ray was also instrumental in aiding in the development and college coaching careers of David Grace (Vanderbilt University Associate Head Coach), and recently former Arizona Preps intern Chris Buchanan (University of Portland assistant coach).

Ray has raised the level of recruiting in the state of Arizona to an all-time level, as many more kids today now have opportunities to attend colleges across the country. Many more people today now have joined Ray's pursuit of creating these opportunities, as there are now basketball tournaments almost year round, basketball training by many different individuals across the state and many travel teams and programs for Arizona's student-athletes to participate on.

Through more than 20+ years in the business, Ray has created a basketball community in the state of Arizona today that is recognized by many across the country.

Ray continues to write stories daily and also take a large number of phone calls from college coaches across the country daily. While there have been many individuals over the years attempt to do what he does, Ray continues to work hard at achieving his purpose in life. Through his hard work he has helped more than 500 kids achieve athletic scholarships over the past 18 years at different levels of college basketball. Whether at the division-I level, D-II, D-III, NAIA or junior college, Ray has been diligent in his pursuit to aid Arizona's youth.

Ray and his staff on the ArizonaPreps.com website continue to work hard daily on the site - aiding Arizona's youth, boys and girls, in achieving their goals in basketball.

We hope that you will enjoy this site and we appreciate your continued support.

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