News and Notes Heading Into Live Period
Tonight will mark the first set of games of the live period. College coaches will be lined up at facilities all across the country to watch the nation's top AAU basketball talent. Arizona's top talent will be spread between LA and Dallas with the chance to earn scholarship offers in front of college coaching staffs from every level.
6-foot-2 2019 talented volume-scoring combo guard Tyrek Chambers will be suiting up this weekend with the Rose City Rebels (OR) in the 1st Session of the EYBL in Dallas. Chambers name has been tossed around amongst numerous low and mid-major level Division-I programs as he looks to up and stock and add some offers over the weekend.
Higley's 6-foot-10 2020 Forward Shon Robinson has picked up yet another high-major offer as of this morning from Ole Miss before he even got a chance to lace up his Size 16 Adidas for his Jamal Murray Elite team this weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet. The buzz on him should be humming throughout the gym, as he looks to do some damage in LA.
At 8am on Sunday morning, Team Harden's 16U Elite team armed with 6-foot-2 2021 Guard TyTy Washington, 5-foot-11 2021 Guard Ricardo Sarmiento and 6-foot-4 2020 Guard Xavier DuSell will have an anticipated match-up with the Compton Magic 16U Elite team that lists 6-foot-5 2020 Point Guard Dalen Terry (Corona Del Sol) and 6-foot-11 2020 Big Man Davion Bradford (Hillcrest Prep). That should be a good one with some of Arizona's top underclassmen talent.
One of the game's I am looking forward to as much as any this weekend is a game between two of Arizona High School's top 2020 players. Higley's 6-foot-9 Forward Jason Harris will suit up for EBO 2.0 in the Adidas Gold Gauntlet against Hillcrest Prep and Arizona State-commit 6-foot-5 superstar guard Kyree Walker and his Dream Vision squad. EBO is also armed with top-ranked prospect Jalen Green, while Dream Vision has one of my favorite point guard's in the country in Pierre Crockrell II. They will square up on Saturday at 3:30pm. No doubt that court will be lined with college coaches, scouts and multiple media outlets.
Powerhouse Hoop 16U Elite's 6-foot-6 2020 Super-Athletic Wing Jerry Iliya will be back in action this weekend after nursing a minor foot fracture that kept him out of his team's first trip to LA two weeks ago. Iliya currently holds offers from UCLA, Memphis, Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Baylor.
That same squad will welcome a new Arizona resident, 5-foot-10 point guard Robby Kinnard Jr. Kinnard has just moved to Arizona from Kentucky, but is an Oakland native. Kinnard is a solid point guard with a nice and tight handle with the ability to knock down the open shot. He should bode well for a team that was lacking a pass-first point guard that can bring sustainability as a ball-handler.
The Powerhouse program's 17U Elite team will welcome back their 6-foot-3 2020 guard Evan Nelson (Salpointe) back to the roster after missing their last showing in LA due to a minor hand injury. His Powerhouse UAA team will be in Dallas for the Under Armour national event.
One of Nelson's best friends and fellow Tucson-native, 6-foot-5 2019 nationally ranked recruit Majok Deng will be taking the court fresh off yet another Division-I offer from Rice. He is one of Arizona's hottest recruited players, as has been the case for nearly all his high school career.
Another one of the state's heavily recruited 2019 prospects who is coming fresh off the news that he was invited to the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp, 6-foot-7 super-skilled wing Emmanuel Taban from Apollo High will be playing with his Factory AAU program in Las Vegas in Dinos Trigonis' Pangos Sweet 16 at Bishop Gorman High School. With multiple offers from mid and high major programs, Taban should come out of this weekend adding to that offer list significantly.
A worthy mention... One of the state's most recognized coaches, David Grace, was hired as an assistant coach by California and Head Coach Wyking Jones in short time after his departure from UCLA. Grace is one of the most Relentless recruiters in college basketball. No doubt he will be out on the scene ASAP bringing in big-time recruits to the Bears from Berkley.
As reported earlier this week by Relentless Recruiting, Shadow Mountain's 5-foot-11 star point guard Jovan Blacksher and 6-foot-4 super-athletic wing Shemar Morrow will suit up for Team Why Not alongside Hillcrest Prep's 6-foot-8 manimal Stephan Gabriel. All three will have multiple Division-I college coaches keeping tabs on them all weekend in Dallas at the Nike EYBL event.
The other star guard from Shadow Mountain, 6-foot-1 Arizona State commit Jaelen House, will be playing for the Las Vegas Prospects out in Dallas as well. You can always be ready for a show with House on the floor in AAU basketball.
Perry High's 6-foot-4 2019 Guard Jalen Williams will be in Dallas for the NY-2-LA event, playing for Blue Chip Nation. Williams has garnered interest from multiple Division-I schools. The sharp-shooter will be in Texas trying to rip some nets up like he knows how in front of some coaches that might want him to do the same for their program in the future.
Stay tuned this weekend. It's going to be a show! Good luck to all our Arizona hoopers. #BeRelentless No Surrender X No Retreat