Josh Ursery Is Hungry! Big-Time Spring On The Menu!

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

This past season Liberty's 6-foot-1 junior guard, Josh Ursery, had about as much of a break-out year as anyone. After transferring in from Valley Vista High, Ursery shined in his first year playing under Head Coach Mark Wood and a system that freed him up and allowed him to showcase his athleticism and volume scoring abilities.

Ursery sat out the first 9 games of the season per AIA transfer rules, but the decision looked to be the right one from the very first contest he took part in. It was the first time I got to see Ursery play, at a holiday tournament at Desert Vista against the host team. Desert Vista was one of the top-tier teams this past season, a final four team in the 6A conference, and Ursery came out and dropped 28 points on them on their home floor.

He continued to impress each and every time I saw him over the course of the rest of the season. He would end his junior campaign with averages of 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game on his way to earning Region Player of the Year, despite only playing in 14 games. In addition, he was an All-State honorable mention by AZCentral.com.

Ursery is a scoring combo guard with an array of offensive tools. His athleticism and ability to finish at and above the rim are his bread and butter. But he also possesses a really nice mid-range pull up game and has the ability to knock down the 3. His handle is decent but could use some tuning up. He is a north-south player that goes to the rim with a purpose. At a friendly 6-foot-1, he plays much longer, with long limbs and a whole lot of bounce to his step. On the defensive end, he is great in a press defense and at hitting the passing lanes to get out into the open court. However, he needs to stay engaged in half-court defensive sets, since he has the physical ability to be a lockdown defender. His basketball IQ is still catching up with his physical and athletic talents. But if his trend up until this point is consistent, he is a big-time prospect on the rise.

Ursery will suit up for Powerhouse Schumaker this spring and summer, alongside another super-athletic guard in 6-foot-3 2019 guard Josh Hawkins (Paradise Honors), in what will be one of the more athletic backcourt duo's in the state. They will be playing in Los Angeles, CA this coming up weekend in the Spring Tip-Off Classic.

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