ASU Team Camp, Team Evals

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2019

The ASU Team Camp, hosted by Arizona State Head Coach Bob Hurley and his staff, was an early preview to teams who will be competing in the valley this upcoming high school season. It was an opportunity for teams who may rarely see each other to face off for bragging rights, heading towards the up-and-coming season.

Throughout the tournament/camp these were the teams that stood out to Arizona Preps' basketball scout Tye Jacobs (in no particular order) . . .

Mesa High School

For a team that does not have much size, they make it up with effort and their ability to switch all screens. Led by a dynamic junior backcourt tandem of Steven Cervantes Jr and Dallin Cook, these two prospects helped lead Mesa throught the weekend. With Cook’s knock-down shooting and Cervantes' point guard skillset, this team will be in the conversation next high school season.

Caesar Chavez High School

Caesar Chavez proved to be one of the better squads in Arizona heading into next season, with their trip to the finals of the ASU Team Camp/Tournament.  Led by the play of gifted rising junior prospect Ty-Ty Washington, who I find to be one of the most fun kids to watch, as he is so naturally talented, but so unselfish. His play led to a scholarship offer from ASU after the event. The dynamic duo of junior guards Ricardo Sarmiento and Ty-Ty should have them chasing after a State Championship after losing last year in the second round of the 6A state playoffs.

Ironwood High School

A team full of shooters, led by senior guard Dominique Gonzales and junior guard JJ White, Ironwood has so many options on the offensive end. With their returning roster, who barely missed an opportunity to play in the state finals last year (questionable call by the referee), and the superior coaching of Head Coach Jordan Augustine, the sky is the limit for this team next season. 

Millennium High School

Blessed with two serious Division-I prospects in do-it-all superstar junior forward Daron Holmes and talented junior guard prospect Justus Jackson, the two complement each other perfectly. Littered with solid complimentary players who help spread the floor, Millennium should be back in the State Finals next year. They showed tremendous heart, losing a game early in the tournament to Caesar Chavez, and then returning to beat them handedly in the championship game.

AZ Compass Prep

Which a collection of weapons and high major prospects, the question will be if all the talent can co-exist. One of the more athletic teams in all the nation, it will be up to junior point guard Frankie Collins to orchestrate the offense. Terrific junior prospect Maxwell Lewis and superb sophomore guard Devontes Cobbs (Shadow Mountain transfer) will be explosive all season for this team, that will look to gain an identity throughout the season. Both Lewis and Cobbs earned ASU offers at the camp.

Paradise Honors High School

With athletic newcomer Ky Oliver added to the mix of Jalen Scott, Nate Pickens and Jerry Iliya, this team will be formidable next high school season. They pulled out a tremendous program-changing upset against AZ Compass in the quarterfinals of the camp - proving that they can compete with any high school team in the nation.

The Show Academy

A local all-star team put together by the owner of The Show, Justin Vargas, who took some excellent prospects from squads who were not participating in the tournament. A host of stars, led by Shadow Mountain's Shemar Morrow, Tucson's Demarco Dunn and Chandler's Isaiah Brody, this group led their squad to the semi-finals of the event, which was very impressive, considering they have never played with one another.

Team Harden

Led by a fleet of tremendous guards, Team Harden flourished in transition throughout the camp. With several Division-I prospects on the floor, led by senior guards Jalin Anderson, Unisa Turay, Isaiah Floyd and Trent Hudgens, Team Harden gave each team a serious run for their money, as a result of their combination of speed and athleticism. It will be fun to watch each of these players on their respective high school teams this season.


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