Summer hoops success can carry over to season
There is no such thing as the offseason any more, as the close of the school year simply allows more time for football passing leagues and basketball team camps.
While there should be a fair dose of skepticism related to all outcomes right now, it seems like the information gleaned from basketball can more accurately predict future results than those from football.
Basha defeated Hamilton in the finals of the Mountain View 7-on-7 passing tournament on Saturday, and it’s certainly a nice confidence boost for the Bears, but it really has no bearing. The Huskies’ biggest assets next year will be their offensive and defensive lines, which are rendered moot in a setting like this.
There is some correlation between passing league success and the season — traditional powers Saguaro and Chaparral impressed along with Basha and Hamilton — but no one will be putting the Bears ahead of the Huskies in preseason polls.
Contrast that to basketball.
Jaron Hopkins and Torren Jones made headlines last year by transferring to Dobson. Even though the Mustangs had four Division I-caliber basketball players at the time, the team wasn’t dominating in the summer. Jones left before the regular season started and Dobson never found its groove, losing in the second round of the state tournament to Mesa.
The Jackrabbits, meanwhile, looked very good in the summer and finished the season 25-6. They lost in the Division I quarterfinals to Desert Mountain — another team which drew rave reviews for its play in June.
Attendance is erratic and competitiveness varies in these tournaments because coaches have different expectations. Passing league can be fun to watch as the explosive skill guys give a preview of what’s to come in August, but the team results don’t give any clues.
However, keep a close eye on the more high-profile summer basketball tournaments. Corona del Sol, Pinnacle, Desert Mountain, Mesa and Gilbert are five East Valley teams expected to contend in Division I next season.
The next month will be a good time to see if any other sleepers emerge.