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Post Arizona State Extends Offers To Marial, Nganga
on: December 6, 2018, 01:33
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<strong>AZ Compass Prep</strong> has gone from an unknown charter school program to a major player among prep schools across the country in a short period of time.  Behind the leadership of former Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations <strong>Ray Weathers</strong>, the school made excellent strides in just two seasons - landing two of the nation's elite prospects in their respective classes.  One of the nation's elite 2019 prospects, 7-foot-2, 220-pound senior <strong>Chol Marial</strong>, transferred to the Arizona-based program this fall, while one of the nation's premier 2022 prospects, 6-foot-9 freshman forward <strong>Sadraque Nganga</strong>, came to the program this summer.

Last week, in a very surprising and sad move, the program decided to go in a different direction - releasing former professional player and <strong>Michigan State</strong> star guard <strong>Ray Weathers</strong> from his duties of running the program.  Former assistant coach and also former Chandler HS Head Coach <strong>Ed Gibson</strong> has now taken over the Compass Prep program, and will finish out the season as the new leader of this year's talented team, left behind by Weathers.

Nganga has played a vital role on this year's team, as he has immediately stepped in and proved that he is as good a prospect as there is in America's 2022 Class of prospects.  Nganaga is a very lengthy, rangy and skilled prospect with a very good feel for the game and an ability to make plays for himself and others.  He is a big-time future prospect that has budding young prospect written all over him.

Marial was once regarded as the nation's top prospect in the 2019 Class, has not played in more than a year due to an injury to his leg, but he looks to return to action soon this season, and could be back for the <strong>Tarkanian Classic</strong> in Las Vegas later this month.  Marial was once regarded as a definite NBA Lottery pick, and he should be able to regain that same billing once he gets healthy and can develop his stamina and physical strength back to form.  At his tremendous size, length and skillset, there are no players in America like Chol, and he is an absolute rare find - unlike anything ever seen on the basketball court.

The <strong>Arizona State Sun Devils</strong> are off to one of the best starts in their program's history this season, and, behind the immense leadership of former basketball superstar guard <strong>Bob Hurley</strong>, the program is now in the hunt for many of the nation's elite level prospects.  On Wednesday, Hurley and his program hosted Marial and Nganga on their campus and, during their visits, extended offers to both nationally ranked prospects.

For Nganga, it was his second official scholarship offer, as he also has received an offer from the <strong>University of Oklahoma</strong>.  While loads of offers will soon pour in for Nganga, the hometown ASU offer was big early in the recruiting process for him.

For Marial, who already possesses loads of college offers, many college programs have been in a waiting mode to see how his health develops, and also waiting to see him take the floor again.  Chol currently has offers from <strong>West Virginia</strong>, <strong>Florida State</strong>, <strong>Georgetown</strong>,<strong> St. John's</strong>, <strong>Wake Forest</strong>, <strong>Iowa</strong>, <strong>Rutgers</strong>, <strong>SMU</strong>, <strong>Portland</strong> and <strong>Central Florida</strong>.

Chol, who recently took the college entrance examination last weekend, has made it clear as of late that he wants to attend college, before making a move to the NBA or professional ranks anywhere.  ASU has made it very clear that they would like to land the immense post prospect, regardless of his recovery.  It is still unclear as to when Chol will make his college decision, or if he has a leader currently in his recruitment.

I will continue to follow the recruitment of both of these two prospects closely, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.

<strong>Notes:</strong>  When <strong>AZ Compass Prep</strong> made the decision to release <strong>Ray Weathers</strong> last week, I did not report it, since I am very close to Weathers and have major love and respect for him and his family.  I have never been in the business of supporting moves like this, since I am in the business of supporting Arizona basketball at all levels, and also fully support all high school, prep school and charter school coaches in the state that give their immense time, energy and support of Arizona's student-athletes.  While, of course, there are some coaches in this state that do not deserve to be head coaches, and actually look to hurt the chances of their student-athletes from achieving their dreams and aspirations, Weathers and his wife <strong>Angela Weathers</strong>, who is still employed at AZ Compass (maternity leave), gave their complete all in helping the Compass program reach new heights, while giving the kids in their program hope academically.

Their extreme work in helping last year's star guard<strong> Both Gach</strong> turn around his former poor academic performance, and qualify academically, after a long year of tremendous dedication to his future, was nothing short of amazing.  Gach is now a freshman starter for the <strong>University of Utah</strong> in the <strong>PAC-12 Conference</strong>, and has a very bright future ahead of him at the program.

Their extreme focus also on their faith and commitment to changing the lives of the youth they came in contact with also was righteous, and I sincerely appreciated their spiritual support of myself and many others they came in contact with daily - everyday.

In today's business world, decisions are often made by owners and supervisors that are not agreed with, and this one was the most difficult that I have ever been close to.  I was in complete shock when this move took place last week, especially during the season, but from the outside looking in, I am in prayer that the Weathers' family will bounce back completely, and that the kids in the Compass program will also bounce back from such a difficult time.

Regardless of what ultimately went down to make this decision possible, Ray Weathers will always be a brother to me, and I applaud him and his family on the lives that they changed in the extreme time that they gave to the Compass program - not simply as a result of how he and his wife coached, but because they walked by faith and not by sight.  A lesson for all of us.

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