The Ruston Showcase was held on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Although the Celtics fell in the semi-finals, Hambricki came away pleased with his team's performance. "Our shots weren't dropping like normal--in and out every time. Maybe it was our legs, I'm not sure."
Nathan Murphy, a 6'5" wing player, is usually the top scorer for the Celtics. "Nathan's ankle was hurting, but he toughed it out and played well on defense," admitted Hambricki. I was happy with the way the team stepped up. They played as a team and communicated well."
The Arizona Celtics head to San Diego in May, then they're off to the Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas on July 11. The Celtics also have tournaments in Los Angeles and Las Vegas this summer.
Murphy is hearing from a lof of Division I schools despite being hurt. The member of the 2009 class had one good thing to say about Louisiana Tech. "I love it here, they have a Burger King!" Murphy said enthusiastically.
Two other players from the 2009 class stood out for the Celtics. Eric Donzella and Elliot Clark are a pair of 6'0" guards that play very well together. Donzella is very quick off the dribble and passes well. He also hit three shots in a row from long distance in the semi-finals. Clark is able to get in the lane easily. He can finish strong or find the open man, taking what the defense gives him.
Two players from the 2008 class also played well in Ruston. Daniel Carter has a sweet shot with a nice left-handed touch. The 6'1" guard played well at Kingwood and has drawn interest from Air Force and Longwood.
John Jackson is a 6'2" senior point guard. Jackson played well in Ruston, but Coach Hambricki said he was not able to get Jackson on the court enough. "Donzella was playing so well, he kind of took over. It was his tournament."
Jackson is hearing from Grand Canyon University as well as three Arizona Community Colleges: Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler-Gilbert.
The Arizona Celtics play fast but controlled basketball. They like to get after their opponents and they play hard. Coach Hambricki is determined to get his players ready for the college game. Look for a good number of his players to end up at the next level.