The 411 - 11.03.03
November 3. 2003 is finally here! No more Club Basketball (thank God), no more "who is getting this job", or "fall basketball is waste of time" ,or "my kid gets screwed by everybody" ,or "my trainer is better than yours" ,or "what the hell is he playing THAT kid over mine? You get the point, as today marks the start of prep hoops across the State!
When the whistle blows after school it's down to business. New coaches will try to earn the respect of players & parents, teach their system so come March they have a chance to make a run in "The Road to AWA"!
How long will the new Tuba City Coach have a job?
Will Highland make another incredible run, thus squelching all the BMC'n about Coach John Burns that started his first season in 2001?
Will Seton Catholic boys capitalize on the respect and publicity they earned this past spring & summer?
Will Valley Christian boys experience success again, or will SCA live up to the hype?
Will Marcos de Niza shock everybody that has given them no respect, and reach the final four?
Can Thunderbird girls repeat?
Who will earn the billing as top PG in Arizona? Germaine Calvin, Ryan Holmes or will someone else emerge?
Can Sammy Duane JR. live up to the hype and pressure following "The Legend" at Corona del Sol?
And the question I am most curious about, how will Desert Vista do with a new coach and system?
My guess is very well! That is why Desert Vista is our 5A Pre-Season #1!
PrepAZ.com will be following the careers of a few 2003 graduates this coming season, and for your info here are a couple links to view them in their college setting:
Jon Simon: Colgate UniversityPROFILE
Gerad Punch: Furman UniversityPROFILE
Vince Scott: Northwestern UniversityPROFILE
Todd Golden: St. Mary's CollegePROFILE
Daniel Waddy: St. Mary's CollegePROFILE
Brett Collins: St. Mary's CollegePROFILE
Jon Ziri: Loyola Marymount University:PROFILE
Jordan Ballard: NAUPROFILE
The popular U of A website GOAZCATS.com just moved over to the Rivals network and promptly published their Top 25 boys Arizona prospects:clickhere
GOOD NEWS: It looks like our popular "Sunday Night Rap" will be back on the air in the next month, broadcasting thru PrepAZ.com. Look for interviews of players, coaches and our own "Jimmyjames", JTL, JustDad, Scott and a band of guests. Air time will be tentatively 9pm. Sunday nights. Starting the first Sunday of December. Archives of all the shows will be available on PrepAZ.com. Yours truly will be hosting! All of you can get involved and call in to ask a question, or state an opinion. Look for our commercial that should be airing in the next 2 weeks right here on PrepAZ.com.
Good luck to all the prep ballers today, freshman up to the vets. Today is both nerve racking and exciting, so rise to the occasion and have fun!