Adidas Jr. Phenom targets Arizona talent
San Diego, CA - Across the country middle school basketball has become just as important/relevant as high school basketball as young ballers go hard in hopes of becoming the next phenom. In a state that has produced a few Phenom's/top prospects in basketball but is mostly known for it's football and baseball. Fast forward to the present as things seem to be changing a little bit as Arizona's middle school basketball prospects make noise at one the top middle school camps in the country, the Adidas Jr. Phenom held this past weekend in San Diego, CA. Arizona had 10 players make either the top 50 overall rankings in their respective grades/classes and or the top 20 ranking at their positions in their respective grades/classes. "I knew that this was a top camp and to be honest - didn't know what to expect but I felt that I was prepared" said Caleb Simmons. *** National scouts included Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) and Jeff Meadows (Hoops Report) *** Let's take a look at 5 of Arizona's top middle school prospects that made some noise at this year's Adidas Jr. Phenom. 6'3 Caleb Simmons out of Phoenix led the way as the #1 (PF) & #3 overall in the 8th grade division. 5'8 (2G) Alec McCall out of Oro Valley was rated #3 (2G) & #10 overall in the 8th grade division. 5'7 Cameron Miller out of Tucson, AZ was rated #9 (WF) & #39 prospect overall in the 8th grade division. 5'8 Bryce Meadows out of Chandler was rated #16 (PF) in the 7th grade division. 5'4 Brian Baptiste out of Gilbert was rated #18 (WG) in the 7th grade division. 5'7 Ian Burke out of Phoenix was rated #18 (WF) in the 7th grade division. Now with all of that being said, it’s safe to say that Arizona is well on it’s way to stepping into the upper ranks of grass roots basketball.