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Basha cuts candidate list to three for boys hoops coach

Posted by on April 3, 2012 – 10:18 am

Athletic director Brent Rincon and his selection committee interviewed nine candidates for Basha’s vacant boys basketball position on Tuesday.

The search has narrowed in on three candidates, said principal Ken James, and a hire could be made as early as Thursday.

“Can’t go wrong with any of them,” James said in an email.

According to sources, the finalists are likely Mesquite coach John Burns, former Chaparral coach Commander King and Estrella Foothills coach Ty Amundsen. Burns is the front-runner to land the job because of a prior relationship with James, multiple sources said.

Basha went 22-7 last season but lost its final three games and was upset in the second round of the Division I state tournament. The Bears were ranked as the top team in the division for a stretch and may be a title contender if stars Jaron Hopkins and Torren Jones return for their senior seasons.

Cheryl Jones, Torren’s mother, and Brian Hopkins, Jaron’s dad, both said their sons were considering transfer options following the resignation of Brad Pinter on March 8.

The team’s third well known junior, former Arizona State commitment Maurice Kirby, has pledged to stay with Basha next year.

While the hire could impact the decisions of Hopkins and Jones, James said the families have not been contacted for input during the process.

“We look forward to all of them meeting the new coach and beginning their quest for a state championship at Basha during their senior year,” James said.

I’ll have more on this situation in Wednesday’s paper.

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  • Drew says:

    John Burns should not be around kids. He has an undeniable track record of abuse in multiple states, at multiple high schools. Stay tuned because a stock pile of information is about to come out.

  • chandlerdad says:

    I agree 100% with what Drew said. I have no idea how Gilbert would hire Burns back after his track record. He is not crazy in a motivating way, just crazy. Then again, Basha did hire Busken.

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