Santa Ana ready for spring

Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell high school played second fiddle to Northside Christian this season in the Queen City, but that didn't prevent Santa Ana from bolstering his reputation.

Steven Santa Ana doesn't draw the same accolades as other N.C. underclassmen products such as Harry Giles, Edrice Adebayo and Brandon Ingram, but quietly he is beginning to stand out as a versatile shooter and scorer.

Santa Ana isn't an explosive run/jump athlete but has a solid frame and is quick enough to hold his own against those with superior speed and reflexes. He's also an instinctive player who locates gaps for his jump shot and anticipates passes defensively in order to come away with steals.

At this moment, Santa Ana projects as a good mid-major and has a couple offers with others expected to take a look soon.

"Tennessee Tech and Wofford have offered, and Elon and Davidson have definite interest," Santa Ana said. "I'm trying to play wherever I go, so it's about finding the situation that's right for me no matter how big the school is."

Santa Ana played for CP3 last year but will tour with Charlotte-based Pro Skills this spring and summer. They'll attend events such as the Pitt Jam Fest and Peach State Showcase, both of which will take place during their respective live periods.

The goal now is to round out his skill set to complete the package as much as possible.

"Coaches are recruiting me as a 'two,'" Santa Ana said. "I've always been able to shoot, but I'm working on my shooting off the dribble and ballhandling, too."

Santa Ana added that he doesn't have a timetable and will play through the summer before taking the next steps in his recruitment.


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