Hoops players hit evaluation season
The club basketball circuit is gearing up, with the evaluation period set for July 6-15 and 22-31.
For the high school players, it’s a long grind of back-to-back games where the final score doesn’t matter. It is, though, very important for their college aspirations.
This is the time when the college coaches come out to see a great majority of the country’s best talent face off.
For many local senior-to-be prospects, it could elevate their status if they play well.
Corona del Sol guard Calaen Robinson reportedly has received scholarship offers from Arizona State, St. Mary’s and Weber State, but a good showing could garner him more Pac-12 interest.
Desert Ridge guard Derreck Brooks has played well enough to pick up an offer from Grand Canyon University earlier this summer, but could really open the eyes of bigger programs with a good showing. Brooks was the East Valley Player of the Year, but he still seems a bit under the radar. This is a guy that may average 25 points per game next season with the variety of ways he can score.
Mountain View forward Camyn Boone has been a force for the Toros since he was a sophomore, but at 6-foot-6, there are questions as to where he projects in college. If Boone can prove his ability to play power forward against top competition, he could see his stock rise.
Others that could stand to benefit greatly during this month’s action include Horizon’s Eric Lewis, Brophy’s James Harper, Mesa’s Desmond Medder, Mesquite’s Sami Bzai and Desert Vista’s K.J. Hoffman — players who may not yet be household names but could find college suitors.
The Desert Duel is the most elite club basketball showcase in Arizona. It will be played on July 27-28 at Mesquite, with several of the state’s best players involved.