The Monthly Basketball Beat by Chad
Las Vegas, NV – Area Codes Basketball travels the globe and this weekend we will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Top 100 Basketball Showcase for Girl’s will be held on Friday August 24 and Boy’s on Saturday August 25. For more information on this event check out www.saltlakerebels.com
This evening Bishop Gorman High School was the place to be to catch several of the top baller’s play pick up. The runs included in open gym, Ben Carter (Oregon), Rosco Allen (Stanford), Amir Garrett (St. John’s) Moses Morgan (De Paul), Chase Jeter (Bishop Gorman 2015), Jonathan Lloyd (Oregon), Czar Robotham (Academy of Arts), Devin Matthews (Pierce College) and Tim Carter (Western Wyoming). The players called it the Carter Drew League, just kidding.
Keegan Hansen the 6 foot 2 SG from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona is starting to pick up interest from division I programs. As of late serious interest from Air Force, Cornell, Dartmouth, Nebraska Omaha, Yale, Princeton, Southeast Missouri and San Diego. Hansen played aau ball this summer for Mike O’ Guinn and the Arizona Rebels. The last guard at Shadow Mountain that scores like Hansen was Mike Bibby.
2013 Jaron Hopkins took his official visit to Oregon State University two weekends ago. Hopkins will also visit Colorado on Labor Day weekend and is also scheduled to visit Auburn, Washington State and UNLV. Hopkins is a 6 foot 5 point guard at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ and will remain in Arizona, don’t listen to rumors about him leaving for Prep.
Area Codes Basketball will host the 2nd Annual Coaches Clinic on Friday September 28 at Phoenix College. The list of coaches speaking will be announced shortly. This clinic will be Free to all High School, Middle School, College, AAU and club coaches.
Arizona State assistant coach Scott Pera left for PENN to be an assistant coach under Jerome Allen. I endorse as my choice would be former Northern Arizona head coach Mike Adras. Adras was close to joining a few programs but opted to wait. Adras has experience and knows how to coach and would fit in good with Herb Sendek and his style of play. Adras has strong ties to the West Coast and long time relationships with aau, high school and JUCO coaches, Adras is selling his house in Flagstaff, AZ and will land somewhere soon.
Jessie Evans a former head coach at Louisiana Lafayette ans San Francisco has landed as associate head coach at Southeast Missouri under current head coach and future College Basketball Hall of Famer Dickey Nutt. Evans assisted Lute Olson for nine years and helped the Arizona Wildcats win the 1997 national championship. Evans recruited some of Arizona’s top players like Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Damon Stoudamire, Sean Elliott, Sean Rooks and Richard Jefferson.
2013 Paul Watson the 6 foot 6 small forward from Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ will visit Fresno State this weekend. Watson also may visit a few more after, offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, Northern Arizona and Texas Tech.
Jase Coburn the assistant coach at Howard College (TX) has his name flying around a couple division I jobs as an assistant coach. Coburn coached at McClintock High School in Tempe, AZ back in 2011. In his second year at Howard College has proven he can recruit and coach.
Former NBA players in the Valley: JR Rider is starting personal training shortly and will soon have a club basketball team. Rider played college basketball at UNLV and spent nine seasons in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trailblazers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets. Rider now resides in Mesa, AZ.
I talked this week to another former NBA player, Oliver Miller and now is moving back to the Desert (Scottsdale, AZ) and also will be training players and start a club program to help mentor youth. Miller played at the University of Arkansas and spent nine seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Demitirus Balark, 2012 prospect from Kellis High School in Glendale, AZ has signed to play at Cochise College. Balark the 6 foot 1 combo guard will go the JUCO route and is an academic qualifier.
Northern Arizona University head coach Jack Murphy put on the Lumberjack Coaches Clinic a few weeks ago and this was a very successful one. The line-up of coaches included George Karl (Denver Nuggets), Noel Gillespie (Phoenix Suns), Josh Pastner (Memphis), Damon Stoudamire (Memphis), Chad Iske (Denver Nuggets), Jeff Rutter (Arizona Christian University), James Whitford (Arizona), Mike Dunlap (Charlotte Bobcats), Al La Rocque (former Durango HS), Sue Darling (Northern Arizona) and Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona). Great support of coaches turned out for the two day clinic as estimated 100 coaches attended.
The Phoenix College Fall League will run Sept 8, 15, 29 and October 6. This league will feature several of the top high school teams in Arizona and the schedule will be posted in the next week on www.areacodesbasketball.com as we will cover the league weekly. This is the only league in Arizona that will have several scouts and media in attendance. Confirmed to check out the four week Fall league will be Hoopsreport.com, pointguardu.com, collegehoops.net, vegaspremierball.com, AZcentral.com and Hoopniks.com & a few more scheduled to cover.
The 2nd Annual Full Court Press Arizona FROSH/SOPH Showcase will be held on September 1-2, 2012 at Mesa High School in Mesa, AZ. 150 players participated last year and this event is expected to SELL-OUT again this year. Top players that participated last year included Arizona State commit 6’5 Kodi Justice (Dobson HS – Mesa, AZ), 6’9 Elston Jones (Millennium HS – Goodyear, AZ), 6’6 Jose Bustamonte (Peoria HS – Peoria, AZ), 6’10 Isaac Allen (Mesa HS – Mesa, AZ), 5’9 Rolondo Rhymes (Desert Mountain HS – Scottsdale, AZ) and 5’11 Casey Benson (Corona HS – Tempe, AZ). This Showcase helped give them extra exposure and helped with there recruiting. For more info check out www.areacodesbasketball.com event section or email email@example.com
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