Seven AZ Players Appear in 247 Sports National Rankings
Earlier today 247 Sports released their class of 2019 National Rankings. There were a total of seven players playing basketball in the state of Arizona that were recognized as one of the top 247 high school players in the country. One of them, Terry Armstrong from Bella Vista, is a prep school star and a native of Flint, Michigan. The other six all played this past season in the AIA.
Armstrong was considered the top prospect in the state by 247, coming in at number 53. He jumped up 30 spots after a nationally recognized season at Bella Vista Prep under Head Coach Kyle Weaver. He continued that hot play with a fired-up spring with the Nike Phamily, in which he tore up the EYBL. In the past 72 hours he received offers from 2 of the top programs in the PAC-12, Arizona and Oregon. I would project him to rise even more with a hot summer.
Shadow Mountain’s Jaelen House (ASU commit) comes in at number 71. The high-scoring, shot-making combo guard is another AZ boy slicing up the EYBL right now, playing for the Las Vegas Prospects. He is already a 3-time State Champion and will play basketball at his father’s alma-mater at the next level. House has been cooking in gyms across the nation that he’s throwing shots up in a gourmet kitchen. He has proven this spring that he can do what he does to AZ high school opponents to national and elite competition.
Apollo High School’s 6-foot-7 wing Emmanuel Taban earned the number 91 ranking. While he has not played on any of the shoe circuits, he is getting it done on the independent trail for the Arizona Factory. He has multiple mid and high major offers and was invited to the historic Pangos All-American Camp on June 1st. His length and upside is what college coaches and national scouts love about he smooth wing with a sweet shooting touch.
Perry High School’s 6-foot-4 sharpshooting guard Jalen Williams pulls up at number 128. Williams has had a hot spring, joining primarily the NY-2-LA circuit with Blue Chip Nation. He has put in work in April and May, getting buckets on whoever is in front of him and doing so all across the country. He will have the platform to keep his buzz going, as Perry High projects to be one of the more talked about teams in the state heading into the 2018-19 season.
Salpointe Catholic’s 6-foot-5 wing Majok Deng has had a big spring on the UAA circuit for Powerhouse Hoops Black. He has been the top scorer for that team and brings it on both ends. With about as many D1 offers as anybody on the West Coast, Deng has proved his worth over the last couple months after leading his Salpointe squad to the state championship. He will head out to Las Vegas next weekend to play in the West Coast Elite Memorial Day Classic.
Head Coach Mike Bibby and his Shadow Mountain squad is the only AZ high school program to turn in multiple players on this list with the number 199th ranked recruit, 5-foot-11 point guard Jovan Blacksher. The lightning quick pure point guard is one of the leaders in the assist column on the EYBL, where he has flourished for Team Why Not. This actually might be the biggest quarrel I have with this list as it pertains to Arizona talent. I just can not be convinced that there are 198 better players in America than one of the top floor generals on the West Coast. While having your name mentioned in the list has to be an honor, you just can not sell me on the fact that 199 is where he belongs.
The last player to squeeze into the national ranks is Desert Vista’s 6-foot-3 combo guard Tyrek Chambers. Chambers has suited up with the Rose City Rebels and will now play with The Truth moving forward in the EYBL. The high-scoring guard and New York City-native led his DV team to the final 4 of the 6A state tournament.
Other 2019 players to watch moving forward this spring that could make some national noise…
Andre Harris (6-7, Forward, Red Mountain High, Powerhouse Hoops UAA)
Otis Frazier III (6-5, Wing, Buckeye, Powerhouse Hoops UAA)
D’Maurian Williams (6-4, Point Guard, Westview, Arizona Factory)
Jalen Graham (6-9, Forward/Center, Mountain Pointe, Team Why Not)
Isaiah Marin (6-4, Point Guard, Copper Canyon, Powerhouse Hoops UAA)
Julian Dozier Jr. (5-9, Point Guard, Bella Vista Prep, Nike Phamily)
Jimmy Bell (6-11, Center, Bella Vista Prep, Nike Phamily)
Stephan Gabriel (6-8, Forward, Hillcrest Prep, Jamal Murray Elite)
John Harge (6-7, Wing, Hillcrest Prep, Chauncey Billups Elite)