The Seton Catholic High School boys basketball team had the first NCAA Division I recruit in the State this year in 6'7" swing Matt Refner. The Sentinels could have the best fundamental Coach in Arizona with Coach Hosea Graham. The Sentinels could have the best legit post player in Arizona as well. Just turned 17, and straight off his BMX racing bike, The Lake Havasu transplant, 6'9" Drew Arnold has made the transition to Chandler Seton Catholic with raving reviews.
Selected as PrepAZ.com pre-season #1 to cut down the nets in AWA come State Championship time, the Sentinels success can be attributed to great coaching, great team personnel, sacrafices and a 17 year old 6'9" post who continues to improve into a legit college prospect.
Shooting 60% from the floor, Arnold has a shooters touch, is learning the game inside the paint and continues to average over 12 PPG and 9 boards.
Arnold landed at Seton Catholic to be taught the game of basketball from one of the States best in Graham. So far the report card lists straight A's for the future 6'9" monster man. Work ethic and desire cap of this successful mix of teacher and pupil, which surely will land Arnold a scholarship next year at the college level.
In a recent sit down with Coach Graham, we talked about the future of this
former BMX racing star and
what the future may hold.
Arnolds young age makes a Prep School more attractive for his future development. At 6'9" and continued improvement, Arnolds future potential is unlimited. A Prep School experience would put him on a College Basketball court with a red shirt year in 4 years. Your guess is a good as mine as to what his skill would be in 2008.
Less attractive for the D I's as his eligibility clock would start and prevent his true potential to develop. The Juco experience would be the last case scenario for Arnold.
Sign at a D I:
College coaches love an unknown, especially if they walk into the room at 6'9" and growing. A low-mid program who is willing to wait 3 years before any expectations could just get themselves a future All-Conference player. Arnold could red-shirt, and spend 2 years learning the system and developing into his solid frame. Arnold has too much skill at his height to be overlooked. Of course he needs improvement, but the key is Drew and his inner-circle know it and are willing to do what it takes to succeed.
Arnolds improvement and success will only rise with Graham leading the way, and whatever happens come spring you can be sure Drew will give 100% to reach his goal of playing DI hoops. The exposure and respect will come when we witness a baby faced former golfer, cutting down the nets on Jefferson in March.