On February 24, Arizona All-stars Marco Morales and former All-stars Zach Green, Felipe Velazco, Timothy Johnson and Trevor Koechig are highlighted as top high school players at the Arizona Fullcourt Press Spring Showcase.
Also highlighted were Arizona All-stars incoming Freshmen Hunter Hibert and Michael Gross who were acknowledged for shooting and ball-handling.
On March 1, Arizona All-stars middle school players, Leon Chavez and Jared Paulus made the top players' list at the 2013 Middle School All State Games.
The All-stars players success at the showcases continue the Arizona All-stars trend of representing their training academy & club basketball organization as top ranked Arizona players coming from a results-focused All-stars Basketball Academy & Club program.
On February 24, the Full Court Press Arizona Spring Showcase was well attended by talented prospects from California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. At this event, the Arizona All-stars once again helped to elevate its brand as one of the top basketball training & development programs in Arizona with its current and former students shining on the hardwood.
Arizona All-stars Marco Morales was recognized as one of the top Juniors in attendance with the comments, "the 6 foot 2 shooting guard makes it happen on both ends, leader and makes big shots with nice range."
Former Arizona All-stars Zachary Green, Felipe Velasco and Timothy Johnson were also highlighted as top performing players at the event. Junior Zachary Green was highligted with the comment, "the 6 foot 4 shooting guard has major athletic ability and DI talent."
Junior Felipe Velazco was mentioned as, "a 6 foot 7 small forward can do many thing well, DI prospect at this time, rebounds effective & plays hard and Senior Timothy Johnson was mentioned as, "a 6’4 fundamentally sound player with good upside, can slash well and score."
Also highlighted were Arizona All-stars incoming Freshmen, Hunter Hibert and Michael Gross. Hunter Hibert was named as one of the "3 Prospects That Can Score." Arizona All-stars Michael Gross was name to the "Top 5 Ball-handlers" list.
Marco Morales, Hunter Hibert, Michaeld Gross, Zachary Green, Felipe Velazco and Timothy Johnson are products of the Arizona All-stars Basketball Academy & Club training system. Trevor Koechig who a year ago arrived at the All-stars Academy as a relative unknown with a very limited skills-set was also highlighted as "one of the top 10 sleepers in the class."
All-stars founder and director of basketball operations, Coach Jose Morales states,
"it is our intention to train and develop our student-athletes to become fundamentally sound team players. We believe that our training and forward-leaning basketball vision is second to none and the evidence is there for all to see....our current and former students are simply bubbling to the top of the Arizona basketball community. We have been at this for 9 years now and the results are self-evident. What we do works and we are extremely happy for our students as they successfully showcase their hard-earned talents on the hardwood."
Coach Morales is not just showing success at the high school level, he is also focusing on developing the next generation of high school varsity players by growing the All-stars Academy & Club student-athlete base with 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. A year ago, the Academy set out to find basketball players that were at the beginning stage of their skills-set development in order to challenge the Academy's training system to do it all over again with the middle school age group.
"We are not about cherry picking the best talent from other teams," states Coach Morales. "Our satisfaction comes from utilizing our eye for talent to discover that dedicated player with extremely supportive parents that are willing to put the hard work of training into our well thought-out basketball player development system."
On March 1, Coach Morales and the Arizona All-stars Basketball Academy & Club program had the opportunity to showcase those middle school players at the 2013 Arizona Middle School All State Games presented by Jeff Meadows of Hoopsreport.com. Scouts in attendance included Chad Groth (Area Codes Basketball), Karayan Koenig (West Coast Hoops Report), Gregg Rosenberg (Power Basketball), Jeff Meadows (Hoops Report), and Jose Morales (JuniorHoops.com).
Two of those players were Arizona All-stars 8th grader Leon Chavez and 7th grader Jared Paulus. Leon Chavez was named to the showcase list of the "Top 15 - Class of 2017. Jared Paulus was named to the showcase list of the "Top 10 - Class of 2018.
Expect to hear these two names with more frequency whenever the best of the best are mentioned. At the Jeff Meadow's Arizona Middle School All State Games, both Leon Chavez and Jared Paulus positively impacted the game with strong enough emphasis that their names were added to the top player list. Also in attendance at this event were arizona All-stars 8th grader Sam McClimon and 7th grader Brandon O'Dowd. Both players handled themselves well and expect them to also start making event top player lists as their overall skills-set continues to improve.
When asked about the stellar peformance that the All-stars players are showcasing throughout the valley, Coach Morales stated,
"this is the culmination of years of planning, developing and patiently growing our Academy & Club school of basketball. We have many other players that will soon break-out into the basketball scene. Middle school All-stars names to keep an eye on will be Jack Ortiz, Bayne Brevik, Kurt Thomas, Ethan Kielman, Wyatt Foshie-Smith, Cameron Allen and many others. We are simply excited to be helping our student-athletes to develop into elite players. Years ago we named our basketball training and development organization the 'All-stars' because we truly enjoy developing players into high performing basketball palyers and the basketball jury is in with a verdict...both the Jr. high and high school basketball success that our players are experiencing as well as the club showcase results reflect the evidence that we are delivering on that vision."
The Arizona All-stars are continuously looking for those who want to take their game to the next level. To find out more about them or to contact the Arizona All-stars click here.