Top 25 AZ Performers Of The Spring

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

NICO MANNION
6-foot-3, Guard, 2020, Scottsdale Pinnacle, West Coast Elite
Mannion has been flat out unreal on the UAA circuit while playing for Ryan Silver's West Coast Elite squad next to Josh Green. During the spring, Mannion added the likes of Duke and Villanova to his list of offers while slaying the scene. For one of the most talented AAU squads on the West Coast, Mannion has been the best player and the playmaker of that team.

KYREE WALKER
6-foot-5, 2020, Phoenix Hillcrest Prep, Dream Vision
The Arizona State commit has been one of the biggest sensations on the Adidas Gold Gauntlet while playing for his Dream Vision squad. Walker has provided the internet and fans with some highlights that AAU legends are made of. The future pro talent is just flat out unreal! Enough said!

TERRY ARMSTRONG
6-foot-6, 2019, Scottsdale Bella Vista, Nike Phamily
Armstrong has risen his stock as much as anyone in the country. The Michigan native finally received his offer from his home-state school, Michigan State. Add that to spring offers such as Georgetown, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas and Xavier. He has spent April and may lighting up EYBL defenses for the Nike Phamily with a couple of his Bella Vista teammates. If he continues this hot streak into the summer, we could be looking at a potential McDonald's All-American.

DALEN TERRY
6-foot-6, Guard, 2020, Tempe Corona Del Sol, Compton Magic
Terry has been straight up TNT on the Adidas Gauntlet while playing for Compton Magic 16U. He has been the most productive player on a team full of studs. He was one of three Arizona High School players invited to the Pangos All-American Camp and has received offers from Cal, UNLV and Utah already this spring. Terry's upside is through the roof, which has most high major schools on the West Coast clamoring over him with a whole lot of time left on the clock for him.

SHON ROBINSON
6-foot-10, Forward, 2020, Gilbert Higley, Murray Elite
Robinson is another 2020 who has had a huge national recognition with multiple high-major offers.  Arizona, California, Ole Miss, USC and Texas A&M have all thrown their names into the Shon Robinson frenzy since April. The stretch 4 has been a walking bucket for Jamal Murray Elite and has been called a potential pro by more than a few national scouts. He just returned from an unofficial visit to Ole Miss before he gets going back on the AAU trail in July.

JOVAN BLACKSHER JR.
5-foot-11, 2019, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, Team Why Not
Blacksher has had the sort of production on the EYBL that only high-major recruits put out while playing for Russell Westbrook's sponsored Team Why Not squad next to Cassius Stanley. The nationally ranked pure point guard is one of the best on the West Coast. While most questions surround his height, I truly believe he just might end up being that kid that goes to a mid-major and ends up knocking a high-major out of the tournament one day. Blacksher has picked up offers from Colorado State, Toledo, Dayton, Boise State and Pacific since the start of April.

JAELEN HOUSE
6-foot-1, 2019, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, LV Prospects
The Arizona State commit hasn't missed a beat since his state championship days at Shadow, as he has continued his high scoring, playmaking and entertaining style of basketball on the EYBL for the Las Vegas Prospects. He has continued to be a viral sensation by showing off his outside range and ball-hawk abilities on the defensive end.

DYLAN ANDERSON
6-foot-10, Power Forward, 2022, Gilbert Perry, Powerhouse Hoops 15U Elite
Anderson has yet to set foot on high school hardwood but has picked up offers from both Arizona and California already this spring.  He was invited to the Under Armour camp that celebrated him as one of the cream of the crop talents in the 2022 class. Outside of that, he has been as good as advertised for one of the more talented 15U teams on the West Coast with Head Coach Vaughn Compton's Powerhouse Hoops team. He is being touted as the next great thing coming out of Arizona and being mentioned with local legends like Bibby, Bayless, Bagley and Mannion. The sky is the limit for the super talented big man.

ANDRE HARRIS
6-foot-7, 2020, Mesa Red Mountain, Powerhouse Hoops UAA
Harris has been in his bag something serious this spring playing for the Powerhouse Hoops UAA squad. He has been one of the state's top representatives on the shoe circuit with his Bully style of play and ability to score on all 3 levels. He has re-classed into 2020 and if I was a betting man, I would put my money on the fact that a number of offers start rolling in, in July.

MAJOK DENG
6-foot-5, 2019, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, Powerhouse Hoops UAA
That nationally ranked recruit has had some ups and downs this Spring, after starting it off with the tragic death of his big brother. Nevertheless, he has shined on the biggest stages on the UAA circuit and has been Powerhouse UAA's leading scorer on the trail thus far. He has added some additional offers to his long list of them and has had a number of high-major programs call in to let him know they will be following him in July.

OTIS FRAZIER III
6-foot-5, 2019, Buckeye Union, Powerhouse Hoops UAA
Frazier has been one of the new faces on the major tournament trail this spring. The bouncy and athletic lefty has had some games where he looks like one of the better players on the floor. He can really put the ball in the bucket and uses his length very well on the defensive end. He just reeled in his first offer from Northern Colorado recently and a number of D-1 schools are waiting to see more of him this summer.

JALEN WILLIAMS
6-foot-4, Guard, 2019, Gilbert Perry, Blue Chips Nation
Williams has spent the last few months giving buckets out like their toys in a happy meal. He has been Blue Chip's superstar in a Spring where they have been ultra competitive at just about every stop they have made. Williams is the biggest reason for that. Look for some schools to be tossing some offers his way in July as well.

STEPHAN GABRIEL
6-foot-8, 2019, Phoenix Hillcrest Prep, Team Inspire
Gabriel transferred into Hillcrest just on time for the Grind Session in Kentucky last year and woke some people up with his NBA-like body and athleticism. He has pushed that into the spring while playing for a few AAU squads. He has settled in with Team Inspire and will be out on the tournament trail with them in July. He has recently put his names on some coach's boards and picked up an offers from Montana, Montana State and Bradley. Expect the size of those offers to increase drastically moving forward.

EMMANUEL TABAN
6-foot-7, 2019, Glendale Apollo, The Factory
Taban was one of the few Arizona representatives in this year's Pangos All-American camp. He has received offers from Texas Tech, Nevada, Wyoming and UC-Santa Barbara. The long sharp-shooter has proven his worth on both ends of the floor and has been the steadying presence for the Factory. He was also listed as a top-100 ranked prospect in the country by 247 Sports.

JOSH URSERY
6-foot-1, 2019, Peoria Liberty, Powerhouse Contreras
There may not be a less-known player than Ursery on the national level on this list as the bouncy and dog-of-a-guard Josh Ursery. He has spent time on two separate Powerhouse squads and has flourished on both with some above-the-rim dunks and easy buckets for whoever has tried to get in his way. The kid is a straight-up bucket.

JALIN ANDERSON
6-foot-3, Point Guard, 2020, Chandler Compass Prep, Jamal Murray Elite
Anderson has been so rock-steady for his Jamal Murray Elite squad this spring and has created a nice buzz out here on the West Coast. The do-it-all point guard has been chopping up just about any defense that tries to stay in front of him. He has shot the ball extremely well since the start of their tournament trail and has created quite the 1-2 punch with Robinson. I can't imagine him cooling down anytime soon. He's just too good!

KIIMANI HOLT
6-foot-4, Guard, 2020, Scottsdale Rancho Solano Prep, Powerhouse 16U Elite Ortega
There is no player in the state that has been more of a bucket than what Holt has been for his PHH squad. Often times the kid just seems unstoppable with a combination of size, athleticism and burst. When he makes up his mind he is going to the rack, it's almost like trying to stop a pit bull from getting to his bone. In my opinion, he is a jump shot away from being a high-major guard. This summer will be as big for Holt as anyone in the state. He seems to be bought in.

TAY BOOTHMAN
6-foot-1, Point Guard, 2020, Buckeye Union, Powerhouse 16U Elite Ortega
Boothman has been one of the state's pleasant surprises this spring. After a crazy sophomore campaign for Buckeye High, he has figured this thing out while playing all over the West Coast this spring. He starts to look more and more like a scoring point guard every day, instead of just a scorer on the perimeter. While his outside shooting is his bread and butter, he has figured out how to be a playmaker while playing with some really good talent around him. He has also been a tone-setter on the defensive end for a team that has been read hot for the last month plus.

ANTHONY GARZA
6-foot-8, Forward, 2020, Surprise Shadow Ridge, Powerhouse 16U Elite Ortega
Garza has been incredible all spring. You can argue that he has been the most consistent player on a team full of Division-I prospects. A blend of the perfect role playing glue guy and a player who can go put up points and make some things happen. When the ball is in his hands it always feels like something good is about to happen and there might not be anyone who plays harder in the state. Incredible motor to go with a terrific work ethic and very good athleticism.

HUNTER RUCK
6-foot-9, Power Forward, 2020, Scottsdale Rancho Solano Prep, Powerhouse 16U Elite
Ruck has been my biggest surprise this spring. Not only does he look to add a couple pounds of muscle every time I see him, but he also seems to add a new move to his repertoire every other weekend. He has displayed some great footwork and finishing above the rim at a high clip. With his mix of size and athleticism, it has a whole lot of people intrigued. He also looks like he is starting to stretch his range out to the 3-point line. He is setting himself up for a big summer.

TYTY WASHINGTON
6-foot-2, Point Guard, 2021, Laveen Cesar Chavez, Team Harden
Washington has been absolutely phenomenal for Team Harden. A straight up hardwood hog. His pull-up jumper off the bounce has become as infamous as it is automatic. His skillset is off the charts and has been great defensively out on the perimeter. He has picked up two offers in the last few weeks with Louisiana-Monroe and Portland State both extending offers. A number of other schools have reached out to the incoming sophomore talent.

JERON ARTEST
6-foot-3, Guard, 2020, Pheonix Hillcrest Prep, Las Vegas Prospects 2020 EYBL
Artest has been phenomenal and an intricate part of one of the most talented 16U teams in the country. The athletic and savvy guard continues to create a buzz with his ability to get a bucket at will and how he goes about playing the game. Defends and shoots it at a high level and plays within himself at all times. He will look to build on his big spring as his Las Vegas Prospects team heads into the Peach Jam in July.

XAVIER DUSELL
6-foot-4, Guard, 2020, Scottsdale Chaparral, Team Harden
DuSell has spent much of the Spring killing teams on the Adidas Gold Gauntlet from deep. At times, he has been a catalyst on the offensive end for Harden and has a nice blend of size and finesse to his game. When he sets his feet outside the 3-point line, he cashes out more often then not. The summer will be a big one for DuSell and Harden's stable of 16U guards.

DEANDRE HENRY
6-foot-7, Power Forward, 2020, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Team Harden
Henry made the decision this spring to give up football to play basketball full time and put his all into it. One look at his social media will tell you he is more than willing to put in the work. He spends 2-3 sessions in the gym every day and is a workout warrior. A trait that had him considered one of the top football prospects in the state. He is evolving a little more as a basketball player every day. His motor and work ethic inside has been a saving grace for a Harden team that does not have a whole lot of size.

DARON HOLMES
6-foot-8, Forward, 2021, Goodyear Millennium, Powerhouse Hoops 15U Elite
Holmes has been nothing short of the real deal for this team. Alongside Dylan Anderson, he helps form one of the most talented 15U frontcourts in the country. He is coming off of his first Division 1 offer as Head Coach Dan Majerle extended it to him last week while he played in the Grand Canyon team camp with his Millennium High team. Holmes is fresh back in AZ after visiting IMG Academy for the Under Armour workout as one of the top 2021 prospects in the nation. Holmes is blowing up with tremendous upside and an already impressive skillset.

HONORABLE MENTION:
D'MAURIAN WILLIAMS (6-4, PG, 2019, AVONDALE WESTVIEW/THE FACTORY)
CEDRIC BRIDGES (6-4, F, 2019, AVONDALE WESTVIEW/THE FACTORY)
JALEN GRAHAM (6-9, PF/C, 2019, PHOENIX MOUNTAIN POINTE/TEAM WHY NOT)
RICARDO SARMIENTO (5-11, PG, 2021, LAVEEN CESAR CHAVEZ/TEAM HARDEN)
ISAIAH MARIN (6-4, PG, 2019, PHOENIX COPPER CANYON/POWERHOUSE UAA)
EVAN NELSON (6-3, PG, 2020, TUCSON SALPOINTE/POWERHOUSE TUCSON)
JACKSON RUAI (6-4, WING, 2019, TUCSON AMPHITHEATER/POWERHOUSE TUCSON)
OSASERE IGHODARO (6-8, 2020, PHOENIX DESERT VISTA/POWERHOUSE 16U)
JERRY ILIYA (6-5, 2020, SURPRISE PARADISE HONORS/POWERHOUSE 16U ELITE)
JULIAN DOZIER JR. (5-9, 2019, SCOTTSDALE BELLA VISTA/NIKE PHAMILY)
JIMMY BELL (6-11, 2019, SCOTTSDALE BELLA VISTA/NIKE PHAMILY)

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