Mountain Pointe, Pinnacle Game Observations

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

In a rematch of last year’s 6A state championship game, Mountain Pointe and Pinnacle High School faced off on Mountain Pointe’s home court.

Mountain Pointe has a very talented roster which features 2019 Class members Jalen Graham, Khalid PriceJ Saan Strover and 2020 Class members Deandre Henry.

Defending  6A state champions Pinnacle features 2019 Class members and University of Arizona commit Nico Mannion and Trent Brown, and 2020 Class member Tosh Baker.  2019 Class prospect Jordan Mains didn’t play, due to recently being diagnosed with a rare Tibia condition that will require surgery. With that said we wish Jordan a successful surgery and speedy recovery moving forward.

Moving forward both teams are talented, well coached and should both make deep runs into the post season.  In this matchup, Mountain Pointe looked hungry and ready to avenge their state championship loss from last season.  Mountain Pointe shot the ball at a high level, as Pinnacle missed looks that they usually knock down at a consistent rate.

It was close after one half, as Mountain Pointe led 35-31.  Eventually Mountain Pointe pulled away in the second half, winning the game 76-59.  Don’t be surprised if you see this matchup again deep into the 6A State playoffs.  Below are the top performers from the game in no particular order . . .

Nico Mannion, 2019, 6-3, Pinnacle High School, University of Arizona signee

Nico played a very solid game overall, but missed a few looks he normally knocks down.  Nico has the ability to score from all three levels at a high rate, and can take over a game scoring the ball when he needs to.  He has a smooth stroke from three and a very effective pull up/float game as well.  Nico is very effective in transition and changes speeds well, which makes him hard to guard in the open court.  His play making ability allows him to make others better, but what is really impressive is his IQ, and ability to read defenses that is matched with the ability to pass at a high level. He elevates players around him with his play making ability.  With Nico reclassifying to the 2019 class, keep in mind he is still young and will continue to improve, but he has a pro feel and pace to his game that is ahead of his years.  As he has matured, he has only gotten stronger and more athletic.  Nico finished with 24 points to lead his team and all scorers in the game.  Should be exciting to see Nico to continue to grow and compete next year for the Arizona Wildcats.

Jalen Graham, 2019,  6-9, Mountain Pointe High School

Jalen (pictured) who was previously committed to Santa Clara re-opened his recruitment, and could prove to pay off.  He is playing at a high level early in the year and did not disappoint in this game.  He had an impressive stat line of 22 points on 8/13 from the field, and he also added  8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.  Jalen has a college-ready body and big time athleticism.  He can finish around the rim at a high level and plays with a motor.  Jalen is very effective in transition, as he uses his length and athleticism to finish.  He also showed signs that he can make plays off the bounce, knock down mid-range jumpers, and also create plays to get open looks for his teammates.  Jalen is also very active defensively and competes hard. Look for Jalen’s stock to continues to rise as the year goes on with a lot of mid to high D-I programs.

Trent Brown, 2019, 6-1, Pinnacle High School

Trent is a very intriguing prospect who has been playing at a high level lately.  Trent is a guard that can shoot the three efficiently, create off the dribble and is a very crafty finisher around the rim.  He has a good handle and pace to his game that allows him to be effective all over the court.  He is a high IQ guy who also competes at a high level.  Trent has been receiving interest from Northern Colorado, NAU, Houston Baptist and UIC.  He’s a guy who can be a good combo-guard at the next level, and with his size he would more than likely play PG, but his ability to shoot the ball can make him effective off the ball as well. He will only continue to improve as the year goes on.

Deandre Henry, 2020, 6-6, Mountain Pointe High School

Deandre is a very intriguing prospect out of the loaded 2020 class. He’s a big, strong, and athletic forward who also has a good overall skill set. He finishes at a high level around the rim and has a motor that allows him to pull in a lot of offensive rebounds. His activity on the glass, cutting and defensively gives him versatility making him a tough guy to match-up with.  Henry can knock down 10-15 footers with consistency, and can also make plays off the bounce, which is rounded with a good passing ability, if he needs too.  He also plays very hard on both ends of the floor, which maximized his physical abilities.  He finished the game with 12 points on 6/8 from the field, and he also added, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.  Henry has interest from Colorado State, Loyola Marymount, NAU, GCU, South Dakota and Cal State Fullerton to name a few.  He will only continue to improve and spark more interest from D-I programs  as he matures.

Tosh Baker, 6-8, 2020, Pinnacle High School

Tosh is a big strong and physical big man who is also a big time prospect for football. Tosh has a big body but also has good mobility and footwork for his size. Tosh has good touch around the rim and also has solid hands that allows him to catch some tough passes. Baker is effective on the glass using his size and physicality to his advantage. He has good footwork on the block that allows him to make quick efficient moves with his back to the basket. As Tosh continues to mature and grow physically he will be a very tough player, and could be a big piece to any mid to high major D-I program.

Khalid Price, 5-10, 2019, Mountain Pointe High School

Khalid is an intriguing prospect. Price is a very good point guard prospect that is quick, crafty and is a high level defender. Price is a true point guard that takes care of the ball and runs the offense for his team. He’s not going to make many mistakes and he’s a floor general. Even though he may be undersized he plays hard and makes up for his size with effort and doing the little things. Khalid had a great all around game as he had 9 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.  He’s a good point guard prospect that could be very effective for a high level D-2 or low major D-I program.

Jason Kimbrough, 5-11, 2021, Mountain Pointe High School

Jason is a very intriguing young prospect out of the 2021 class. Kimbrough shot the ball really well, as he was 6/9 from the field and 3/5 from 3 point-range.  Kimbrough is a quick, crafty guard that can shoot the 3, knock down a pull up or get to the rim and finish with floaters/crafty finishes. He helped spark Mountain Pointe's run by knocking down open threes.  As he continues to grow physically and get stronger he should become a very good prospect.

J Saan Strover, 6-4, 2019, Mountain Pointe High School

J Saan is a very intriguing prospect out of the 2019 class. Strover is a long, athletic wing who is very effective in transition and finishes around the rim in a variety of ways. He’s got a good handle that allows him to get to the rim and make plays. He plays with a good motor and uses his athleticism to make things happen on both sides of the ball.  Strover was 7/11 from the field for 14 points, and he also added 3 rebounds. Strover is a very good sleeper prospect out of the 2019 class that could see his stock rise and could spark interest with colleges.

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