Pinnacle and Shadow Mountain Observations

by Tye Jacobs | Posted on Sunday, October 28th, 2018

With the 5A champs taking on the 4A champs, this game was destined to be a high-level competition.  The anticipation resulted in the game being at capacity before the end of the junior varsity battle. Tons of students and basketball fans were turned away from the game by the fire department! Luckily, I was able to somehow get in to witness what is sure to be the game of the year.

Niccolo Mannion - Pinnacle HS (University of Arizona signee)

This game proves that University of Arizona commit Nico Mannion is a certified superstar and is well on his way to becoming an Arizona High School legend.  For years to come people will be reminiscing on exactly where they were when Nico hit “The Shot”. Willing his team to victory with over 37 points, Nico put constant pressure on Shadow Mountain's defense.  I believe Nico’s greatest
ability is how he is able to pick his spots, whether it is scoring or deferring to his teammates.  Nico just seems to have that ability to change gears when faced with a challenge.  I am looking forward to seeing what all he is capable of accomplishing during his senior season.

Trent Brown - Pinnacle HS

As Nico’s partner in crime, I would assume it would be easier to settle and watch the show, but Trent came to compete.  A lights-out shooter, Trent knocked down multiple timely shots to keep Pinnacle close. Trent seems to always show great IQ, and constantly takes pressure off Mannion in terms of creating his own shot.  Currently he is being recruited by Northern Arizona, UIC and Northern Colorado.  After his twenty-point performance vs a great Shadow Mountain team, and a great start early this season I am sure Trent will make a Division-I coach very happy.

Jovan Blacksher Jr - Shadow Mountain HS (Grand Canyon signee)

Point guards are born, they are not made.  Jovan (pictured) was born to be a lead guard and consistently shows that every time he plays.  The GCU commit is a true point guard and leader, and he led his team in this very competitive game.  Jovan has the uncanny ability to slither through the lane to create for himself with acrobatic finishes or to create for others.  His defense is maybe his best asset, as he put continuous ball pressure on the Pinnacle guards, which led to multiple extra possessions for Shadow Mountain.  I believe we may have seen a different ending if Blacksher would have not been called for his 5th foul in the final minutes of the fourth.

Jaelen House - Shadow Mountain HS (Arizona State commit)

ENERGY. This man’s energy is contagious, and he lets it flow throughout his game.  The ASU commit was able to use his energy to be an absolute menace on the defensive end, almost coming out with a clutch steal that would have put the game away.  Jaelen cannot only play D, but he can score at will.  Throughout the game, Jaelen lived in the paint and showed his clutch gene draining a couple of late game free throws.  Without an incredible shot, we all would be talking about how Jaelen led his team to victory after his backcourt mate fouled out.

Shemar Morrow - Shadow Mountain HS

Shemar dominated the paint for the duration of the game.  A natural two or three, Shemar embraces his role and uses his athleticism to dominate the offensive glass.  Every single point Shemar scored may have come off plays that were not designed for him.  Taking on a few bigs from Pinnacle, Shemar continued to use his explosiveness and quickness to keep possessions alive.  Shemar should continue to open eyes of division-I coaches as the season progresses.

Devontes Cobb - Shadow Mountain HS

Cobb flashed potential all game and showed that, even as a freshman, he was not in over his head.  As Cobb integrates with Shadow's core, he is sure to keep showing why he is regarded as one of the top freshmen in the country.  Against Pinnacle, Cobb was able to show off his athleticism and defensive prowess. I look forward to seeing this kid flourish as he matures.

Overall this was a classic game in AZ Prep Hoops!  If this is any indication on how this season may go, then we are all in for a heck of a time this year!

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