Player Profile - Julliaan Irvin 2006

Overcoming obstacles is nothing new to this up and coming Arizona Point Guard.

You want quick - scat cat quick - then watch out for Desert Vista's sophomore PG Julliaan Irvin. They put extra letters in his name just to try and slow him down. It didn't work. Irvin, who has been silent on the court over the past few months, has been anything but silent in his preparation for a return to the court. While playing in Desert Vista's high school system, which is much like Mountain View, where talent is vast and deep, and players work their way up through the underclass teams to prepare for the varsity level, Irvin is the only sophomore on a predominately senior laden team.
 
This past September, while competing in an AAU event, Irvin aggravated a knee and it was determined he had a torn meniscus. After a summer of brutal workouts with valley-guru and professional sports trainer, Warren Anderson, it was determined that the tear needed to be repaired. Not one, but two surgeries later, Irvin is back in action and ready to stake his claim as one of the most explosive PG's in the state. Not only has he had to overcome his injuries, but several years ago this special young man had to overcome the most tragic event of a lifetime, the passing of his mother.
 
Don't let his silent demeanor fool you, he wants to beat you in every facet of the game. Not concerned with putting up huge numbers, Irvin is all about team play and helping his school team win games. He is a coach's dream, and will run through a brick wall for his teammates, coaches, and program. Irvin's first taste of action this season came against archrival Mountain Pointe. It didn't take long for his presence to make an immediate impact. His dynamics makes for a different team down the stretch, and only bodes well for the future for the Desert Vista Thunder basketball program. It doesn't hurt that his new coach Doug Harris was an Arizona POY, as a point guard. You've only heard the beginning from this kid.

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