Eduprize Claims Top Spot in CAA

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

In one of the biggest games of the year in the CAA Division, two teams undefeated in conference clashed in a head-to-head match-up to gain the edge in the conference standings.  Eduprize High School (14-1) took on AZ Compass Prep (9-0). In this battle, like many heavyweight Championship fights, someone’s “0” in conference had to go!

With the anticipation of facing each other, the game started at a frantic pace, which went in Eduprize’s favor. Their constant pressure on the defensive end, in an extended 1-3-1 zone, forced AZ Compass’ guards to a lot of early turnovers.  When playing against a team as athletic as Eduprize, turnovers became points on the opposite end at lighting speed.

Early in the game, 2020 power forward Shon Robinson was able to show his versatility by scoring in the post, knocking down a pair of threes, and being a huge presence on the defensive end with a few steals and highlight reel blocked shots.  The effective point guard play of 2020 guard Unisa Turray was detrimental to AZ Compass in the first half of the game. He was able to thrive in transition, not only making plays for himself, but also plays for others.

Eduprize would end the first half leading 36-28.

Entering the second half, AZ Compass did their best to fight back behind the senior leadership of 2019 guard Shane VanHusen and the constant athletic plays of 2021 athletic guard Rai’Shun Wilson, but unforced turnovers would prove to be The Dragons' achilles’ heel.

Every chance they had to make a run ended behind the quick hands of the Eduprize defense. Eduprize did their best to allow AZ Compass to stay in the game by shooting a low percentage from the free throw line.

Ultimately in the battle of two premier CAA squads, Eduprize was just too much to handle for AZ Compass.  Eduprize’s size and length caused constant problems for Compass, and did not allow them to run much of their offense. It will be exciting to see these teams potentially meet up later in the season.

Scouting Notes:  2020 6-foot-10 junior forward Shon Robinson of Eduprize High School is as talented a recruit in the nation.  He is being highly sought after by many high-major schools.  He excels at scoring from all three levels on the offensive end, and also excels at blocking and altering shots. One of the most impressive things about Shon is his outside touch for his size. He is a legit stretch-four who could help any D-1 program.

2020 6-foot guard Unisa Turray of Eduprize High School is a lighting quick guard who excels at making his teammates better. Turray has a knack of finding the open man, even when things are congested. Turray also has a great handle which allows him to consistently get into the lane

2020 6-foot-3 guard Isaiah Floyd of Eduprize High School is a truly gifted athlete. He has a real smoothness to his game, but then explodes off the floor so quickly. He seems to be able to get to the paint at will and can score easily over taller defenders.

2019 6-foot-5 senior forward DJ Hawkins is a constant force on the offensive end. He keeps pressure on the defense by being able to knock down open threes, and, once the defense closes out, he can score in the lane with great body control.

2019 6-foot senior point guard Shane Van Huzen of AZ Compass Prep plays at a great pace. He seems to always make the right play and continuously comes up with big shots and plays to keep his team in games.

2021 junior guard Rai’Shun Wilson of AZ Compass is superior athlete. He thrives in transition and makes highlight reel dunks. Wilson is gifted at playing the passing lane to create more opportunities to display his athleticism.

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