Corona del Sol, Pinnacle scheduled to play Findlay Prep next season
The Corona del Sol and Pinnacle boys basketball teams are scheduled to get a crack at arguably the country’s top hoops program next season.
Findlay Prep, which has produced multiple college stars and NBA draft picks over the past several years, will come to Arizona for a two-game swing on Jan. 3 and 4, 2014, according to Rancho Solano Prep athletic director Matt Harris. Findlay Prep is currently 34-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN. Former Highland guard and current University of Arizona standout Nick Johnson played there for two years, and the team is consistently stocked with high-major Division I talent.
Rancho Solano is a sister school of the program and will be hosting the New Year’s Desert Classic from Jan. 2-4. The tournament will feature smaller private schools, but the big draw will be the night-time games between Findlay Prep and Arizona’s top two teams.
Pinnacle, the Division I runner-up this season, is scheduled to play Findlay Prep on Jan. 3. The Pioneers return All-Tribune first team selection Dorian Pickens and point guard Trey Ingram, among others. Pinnacle has also reportedly added 6-foot-10 junior transfer Cameron Gilbert from Prescott. Gilbert averaged 11.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game this season.
The two-time defending champion Aztecs are scheduled to play Findlay Prep on Jan. 4. Corona del Sol returns Player of the Year Casey Benson, power forward Cassius Peat and guard Jarrett Givens. Former Desert Vista star Connor MacDougall, an Arizona State verbal commitment, is enrolled at Corona del Sol after playing half a season for Westwind Prep this year, but it’s unknown if he will be eligible for the game.
All three teams have agreed to play, although Harris said there are “some i’s to dot and some t’s to cross on the Nevada side” to make the matchups official. The contests are scheduled to be played in the Rancho Solano Prep gym in Scottsdale. They would count as power-point freedom games for Corona del Sol and Pinnacle.