2011 All Arizona Showcase Event Analysis
On October 15 & 16 the American Sports Center, a $7.8 million indoor sports center facility in Avondale, was host to the 2011 All Arizona Showcase presented by Southwest Showcase & ArizonaVarsity.com.
The event attracted a major portion of Arizona's elite youth basketball players. The format displayed multiple divisions that included a high school team division, an individual boys division, a senior to senior game and a girls division.
During the first day of competition, the individual boys division was divided into a mainly high school Juniors/Seniors division although a few higher skilled sophomores were invited to play with the upperclassmen. During the second day, all grades were mixed in teams and a highlight-full game took place between the seniors at the event.
Both the high school teams' division and the girls division showed very competitive games. It was nice to see a venue where the high school teams could come out to gauge their play against other schools and just as nice was the girls division which displayed girls who can downright play ball.
Overall, the event was executed as promised although many were disappointed that the exciting dunk contest and 3-point shooting contest of last year did not take place this year even though it was advertised as a main exhibition. We hope to see this event take place next year since both competitions are highly anticipated by the public.
Regardless of the "hiccup" in not having the dunk and 3-point contest, the showcase did deliver on attracting highly skilled youth basketball players. Many participants were attracted to the event by the promise of being highlighted and placed into the event's database which is advertised as being positioned before college coaches. We did see a few players having their pictures taken and evaluators appeared to be taking notes in the sidelines.
With the high number of elite basketball players that were present and the high level of play that we witnessed, it should not be a problem for the public to see articles and photos of the kids who showed up to showcase their wares.
As the Arizona basketball community continues to grow with talent and fans, we hope to see more of these showcases become more of a norm rather than the exception. So far the months of September and October have included quite a few showcases thoughout the metro phoenix area indicating that the demand is there with talent and interest on the upswing.
JuniorHoops.com 2011 Upperclassman All Arizona Showcase MVP
Camyn Boone | Mountain View | Senior | The Grand Canyon University bound Camyn Boone displayed an all-around game that was a joy to watch. We lost count of the scored points but suffice it to say that the scoring included layups, midrange jumpers, 3's, floaters and dunks. The only thing that we did not see was a hook shot which we would not have been surprised if he showed that too. Block shots, assists, defense were not left behind either.
Impressive is the word for this player who is being unofficially christened as "Blake Griffin Jr" with his ability to quickly jump off the hardwood and his exclamation mark dunks. He even has a slight resemblace to the NBA star. Folks, Grand Canyon University stole this player from the big D1 schools.
Definitely one to watch.
JuniorHoops.com 2011 Underclassman All Arizona Showcase MVP
Marco Morales | Chandler High School | Sophomore | Backed up his developing reputation of being a shooting phenom with 14 3-pointers in 4 games....against upperclassmen. Very poised and mature in his overall game. Likes to share the ball. In one game, he had six 3-pointers.
Can't deny his ability to put the ball in the hole from both beyond the arc and in transition. Adding fastbreak layups to include an "And1" to the mix, he scored an overall 51 points in 4 games whose format was a 5 minute rotation cycle and running clock. Had he played more than just half the game with a stop clock the numbers would have been even higher.
Defense was strong against upperclassmen. Another one to watch. His stats are hard to refute.
Michael Wilson | JuniorHoops.com | Talent Scout, Writer & Event Analyst
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