Recap – 2013 & 2014 Scholar Athlete Academic Showcase
Phoenix, AZ – On Saturday September 8 in Phoenix, 75 of the top high school prospects in Arizona participated in the Scholar Athlete Academic Showcase at St. Mary’s High School.
Co-Directors Chad Groth (Area Codes Basketball) and Rick McGee (Next Level Basketball) hosted one of the best showcases of the Fall and with the exception knowing these players have over a 2.8 grade point average. “That’s what it will take to be qualified to play basketball at the next level you must keep the standards high and not risk, not making it”, said McGee.
This event was an “Invitation Only” as the committee selected the Scholar Athletes by reference of Scouts, High School Coaches, AAU Coaches and Committee members on the Area Codes Basketball board.
The guest speakers were First Class and did a great job giving different messages to the Scholar Athletes, included Keaton Sauncy (Admissions Counselor – Grand Canyon University), Larry Hill (Son Lawrence Hill played for Stanford University), Sid Sharma (explosive-athletes.com), Michael Steward (Tohono O’ Odham College), Jeff Meadows (Hoopsreport.com), Lew Roberts (vegaspremierball.com) and Oye Waddle (www.gameplanintl.com).
We also want to thank Arizona Christian University assistant coach Dustin Hamman and Tohono O’ Odham assistant coach Michael Steward for attending and scouting the Scholar Athlete Academic Showcase for future prospects.
Also in attendance was former WNBA player (Phoenix Mercury, Minnesota Lynx & Miami Sol) and Stanford University basketball player Carolyn Moos (www.carolynmoos.com) as well as former University Southern California (USC) college basketball player and WNBA All Star (Phoenix Mercury) Adrian Williams-Strong supporting Area Codes Basketball.
After the guest speaks the players were broken into eight teams and played in two showcase games, here are the Top Performers of the day. RECAPS from Classes of 2015, 2016 & 2017 will be posted on Wednesday.
Scholar Athlete Top 2013
Keegan Hansen, Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, AZ) 6’2 combo guard – DI shooter with heart can defend, the sleeper in Arizona in this class of 2013 and carries 4.1 grade point average.
Tyler Roberts, Green Valley (Las Vegas, NV) 6’4 slasher – DI prospect with athleticism and will get looks late.
Brian Nichols, Dobson (Mesa, AZ) 6’9 forward – upside and plays hard, will land DII with ease and carries a 3.5 GPA.
Brandon Kimber, Westwind Prep (Phoenix, AZ) 5’10 point guard – quick and that can pass in transition and runs uptempo.
Omar Lorta, San Migel (Tucson, AZ) 6’3 guard – plays a couple positions and carries a 3.5 grade point average.
Dan Richards, Mesa (Mesa, AZ) 6’1 combo guard – carries a 4.1 grade point average and can finish in transition, had 5 steals in two games.
Scholar Athlete Top 2014
Isaac Allen, Mesa (Mesa, AZ) 6’9 forward – shot blocker with great upside, high major prospect.
Kodi Justice, Dobson (Mesa, AZ) 6’5 combo guard – pure shooter with handles and was impressive, the Arizona State commit carries a 3.8 grade point average.
Nathan Markovich, Basha (Chandler, AZ) 6’1 point guard – high energy scorer with DI potential and carries a 3.2 grade point average.
Felipe Velasco, Mesa (Mesa, AZ) 6’7 small forward – athletic & bouncy rebounder that can face up or finish in traffic, for sure DI prospect in good academic standing.
Antonio Love, Central (Phoenix, AZ) 6’3 guard – defends well and can rebound, 3.0 GPA.
Gavin Pearce, St. Mary’s (Phoenix, AZ) 6’3 combo guard – very active and finishes well in transition, DI potential and is a power athlete.
AD Hart, Tempe (Tempe, AZ) 6’1 point guard – did not shy away from attacking the basket and has a drive kick game as PG, carries 3.2 grade point average.
Gino Little, Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) 5’9 point guard – mature prospect that knows the game, carries 3.9 grade point average with DIII to NAIA potential.
Logan Walberg, Estrella Mountain (Goodyear, AZ) 5’11 shooting guard – put up numbers and is fundamentally sound with a 4.1 grade point average.
Alasan Turay, Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) 5’10 point guard – solid point guard that can score and has upside, carries a 3.4 grade point average.
Zach Green, Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ) 6’4 guard – has good size and moves well without the ball, carries a 3.0 grade point average.
Rolando Rhymes, Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) 5’9 point guard – has a 3.1 grade point average and passes well.
Scholar Athlete Best of the Rest: 2014 Elijah Grubbs, Arcadia (Phoenix, AZ) 6’4 – 3.8 grade point average and 2014 Matthew Kisiel, Ironwood (Glendale, AZ) 6’4 – 3.8 grade point average.