Powerhouse 17U Elite Loaded With D1 Talent

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2018

John Ortega and the Powerhouse Hoops program has been an evolution of sorts over the last few years with a lot of Division-I talent rolling through the program.  With players such as Saben Lee (Vanderbilt) and Mitch Lightfoot (Kansas) rolling thru the program and clocking major minutes at high-major Division-I programs, PHH has stapled themselves as a premier AAU team on the west coast.

This year will mark the first year of their newly acquired Under Armour shoe deal as the hit the UAA circuit this spring and summer.  However, before they got to that, Head Coach Jerome Joseph and Assistant Coach Corey Boswell would take this year's 17U Elite team on the road for the first time this week for the Bigfoot Las Vegas Easter Classic.

This year's roster might be as loaded as they have been in years, with Division-I talent from top-to-bottom and multiple players having a stable of offers.  They have a few high-major prospects in their stables with 6-foot-5 2019 wing Majok Deng (Salpointe), 6-foot-3 2020 guard Evan Nelson (Salpointe), and 6-foot-4 2019 guard D'Maurian Williams (Westview).

Some other top talent includes the freight train that is 6-foot-7 2019 forward Andre Harris (Red Mountain), 6-foot-5 2019 wing Otis Frazier III (Buckeye), 6-foot-6 2019 wing Jordan Mains (Pinnacle), and 6-foot-4 2019 wing Jackson Ruai (Amphitheater).  And it is some glue guys that really make this team super deep and complete with 6-foot-2 2019 point guard Isaiah Marin, 6-foot-8 2019 forward Phoenix Katz (Sabino), 6-foot-9 2019 big man Connor Braun (Valley Christian), 5-foot-11 point guard Caden Hoffman (Rancho Solano Prep) and 6-foot-9 2019 big Lucas Elliot (Pusch Ridge Christian).

Each player on this team has their own unique role and what they bring to the table.  Mains and Hoffman are their two best 3-point shooters.  Harris and Williams are their best finishers in traffic and get to the rack at will.  Raui and Frazier are as bouncy as they come in the state of Arizona.  Nelson is their horse at the point guard position while Marin is the pace guy that comes in and initiates offense and steers the ship.

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