"Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy Students Deliver Results at National Camp"
On July 29 - 31, the 2016 Jr. Phenom national camp was held in San Diego, California. The national exposure camp funnels the best Jr. basketball players that hail from all over the United States and are selected by Jr. Phenom regional directors. The regional directors conduct selection camps in their respective states and/or regions assigned. At the national camp, the best of the best Jr. players gravitate to learn more about basketball and to showcase their skills against each other in order to acquire exposure while comparing their skills to their peers.
The Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy selected four players to represent the organization at this national level and the boys did not disappoint, but instead, bubbled to the top as players to watch thus branding the academy's name and, even more important, branding their individual names as players to keep on the radar screen. A the end of the camp, the boys were inspired by the positive teachings as well as by the entire ambiance of this national exposure production.
Roberto Yellowman (8th grade), Noah Rasmussen (7th grade), Mateo Sarmiento (8th grade) and Konner Brockus (8th grade) were selected to attend by me due to their overall skills level. These boys have been training with the All-Stars Academy for quite some time and have absorbed the skills necessary to perform at this highly competitive national basketball environment. The results were impressive. Besides each of them having breakout games, at the end of the camp Roberto was honored for his hustle and defense. Noah was honored for his sportsmanship. Konner was honored for his hustle. Mateo was not eligible for the special mentions since he had to leave early on the final day thus not eligible for the honors, however, he had breakout moments throughout the camp days. One thing to understand is that not everyone attending the camp receives an All-Stars selection or special mention so the value of recognition is incalculable.
The exciting thing for the All-Stars Basketball Academy is that we have student-athletes who did not attend the national camp but who are well on the way to attending next year where they also will be standouts.
A big standing ovation to our boys who went and returned from the camp with honors as well as with an incredible experience which should have them even more ready to lead and to continue to improve. Congratulations to a job well done!
Coach Morales | Founder and CEO | Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy
"Where Player Development Happens"
At the Area Codes Basketball Arizona "Discovery Camp" showcase held on January 23, 2016 at Bogle Junior high school in Chandler, Az, Arizona All-Stars' Noah Rasmussen was recognized as a Class of 2022, "One to Watch".
He was highlighted for his overall fundamental skills and his shooting ability. These traits are a critical focus of the Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy and it made us proud to have him highlighted as an upcoming talent displaying this developmental focus of the Academy.
Noah has been training for quite some time in our Academy and usually "plays up" against older competition and at the higher levels has often dominated games.
To be highlighted at the Arizona Discovery Showcase produced by Area Codes Basketball is an honor for the Rasmussen family and for the Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy.
Way to go Noah! Click HERE to view the Area Codes Basketball posting.
To read the JuniorHoops.com article, click HERE.
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Marco Morales | Arizona All-Stars | 2014
The Arizona All-Stars' Marco Morales, Arizona's most prolific Division I three-point shooter over the past two years, signed with Peach Belt Conference, Lander University, South Carolina, on a full-ride scholarship.
The Arizona All-Stars' shooting phenom led Arizona's high school Division I with 97 3-pointers and a 39% 3-point FG% in the 2012-13 season and then duplicated it again in the 2013-14 season with 97 3-pointers and a 41% 3-point FG%.
Marco Morales helped to take his high school Chandler Wolves to the 2nd round of the state playoffs. Earlier in the season, the Chandler Wolves won the championship title at the Alvarez Tire Holiday Tournament where Marco led the way with a total of 28 points.
During the Wolves' playoff run, Chandler defeated Desert Vista in the 1st round with a stunning shooting performance from Marco who ended the game with 9 for 10 from three-point land and 29 points total. View video highlights
When asked how he feels about the opportunity, Morales commented:
"I have worked so hard over the years for this opportunity where I get my education completely paid for as well as the opportunity to play right away. I am so fortunate to get the opportunity to play both shooting guard and point guard for a school that is known for its education offering and for its competitive conference. On my visit to the school, I was welcomed with the red carpet treatment. The campus is beautiful and the teammates and coaching staff made me feel very comfortable. I am living the dream right now and I am looking forward to contributing to the team towards an NCAA March Madness entry as well as improving my game by learning from both my new coaching staff and teammates. I also get to play in a great stadium known as one of the top ones in the country. I am the luckiest person in the world to get to continue to play basketball at the collegiate level while getting my education paid for on a full-ride scholarship. I get to represent Arizona basketball and my family and, for me, this is the highest honor."
I want to share a story with you, a story about a young architect. You don’t know this architect…But you might…(and that’s a very, very big *might*)…Know the story.
It happened in the winter of 1943, in the cold heart of New York City. He was 22 years old then, and jobless. Jobless not because of a lack of talent, or a lack of opportunities…
He was jobless because there was only one man he was willing to work for, one man he was willing to learn from……And he would do anything to learn from that man. Problem was, that man wasn’t taking on new architects.
So, at 22 years old, with 14 dollars left in his pocket, he spent a week sleeping on the steps outside this man’s office, asking for nothing but an interview. After 7 days and 7 nights, the man brought him inside, cleaned him up, and started him working as a draftsman for less than half minimum wage.
He took the job without a word, a job which was painfully simple: Do the dirty work. Fill in the minutia, all the details of his boss’ vision, and bring his buildings to life. It went on for nearly three years… Get a project. Stay up late. Fill in the blanks. Do the dirty work the boss doesn’t want to do.
They were mostly simple jobs too, easy to knock out in a day or two: Houses, barns, garages. Until, one night, word about a new job hit the office, a job that promised a bigger commission than the firm had seen in over a decade.
It was a job for a skyscraper, and the company was taking preliminary designs from architects, the start date less than one week from that day. The best design would get the massive seven-figure commission, which was seven figures the company needed desperately if it was going to stay alive.
So, for seven days, the boss and the architect lived in the office with nothing but a drawing board and a pot of black coffee. For seven days, without sleep, eyes twitching and hands cramping from exhaustion, they sketched what would be one of New York’s greatest skyscrapers.
They worked furiously to get the design in on time, regarding their physical bodies only as an impediment to staying awake long enough to get the job done. On the last day, the architect ordered his boss home when he noticed his boss’ hands jerking on the page and his knees continuously sloping against the tall drafting stool.
Too tired to argue, the boss only noticed the young architect’s face, with his eyes held artificially wide, when the architect took him downstairs to the taxi stop. The next morning, the boss entered the drafting room to find the pot of coffee on it’s side, pooling into the carpet.
His young architect lay stretched out on the floor, his hand in the puddle, palm up, his head thrown back and his eyes closed, fast asleep. On the drafting table, the boss found the sketches: Finished.
Fifteen years later, that same young architect who’d literally worked himself into complete, shut-down exhaustion, was the greatest architect in New York City. Ten years after that, he was the greatest architect in the world.
He no longer had to stay up for seven days at a time to get a job done. He just didn’t have to anymore.
But he did…
By Taylor Allan
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT by Jose Morales | JuniorHoops.com
Name: Jared Paulus
Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
Club Team: Arizona All-Stars Basketball
Training System: M3X Basketball Development
Played this past weekend at the Area Codes Basketball "Elite 8 Showcase" VARSITY DIVISION which is recognized by CBS Sports as one of the top talent-filled showcases this time of year.
At the showcase, 8th grader Jared Paulus displayed poised, confidence and skills while contributing 3-pointers, assits, rebounds and defending well against varsity players from Arizona and California.
Last night, Chandler Wolves defeated the Desert Vista Thunder with an all-around team effort by each of their players. Special mention must be given to Marco Morales who had another amazing night of all around play and outstanding long-range shooting. Sporting an NBA range, this shooting phenom is the real scoring deal! Check it out.....smooth as silk and deadly as an Arizona rattler. Last night's 9 3-pointers gives him a leading Division I total of 95 beyond the arc missiles for the season....and counting! Notice the All-Stars Academy's emphasis on passing and ball-handling as well.
A total of 14 games and over 200 players participated and showcased there skills in front of scouts like National Scout Jerry Mullens, Gregg Rosenberg (Arizonavarsity.com), Lew Roberts (West Coast Hoops Report/Vegaspremierball.com), Chad Groth (Area Codes Basketball) as well as support from college coaches from Pima College, Arizona Christian University and Scottsdale Community College.
Joining the Arizona All-Stars where teams such as Show Low, Chaparral, Desert Mountain, Desert Vista, Central, Arizona Aces, Planet Athlete, Apollo, Arizona Power Red and a couple of Free Agent teams with prospects from all over Arizona.
Arizona All-Stars and Chandler high school varsity player, Marco Morales made the 1st team selection after putting on his usual display of beyond the arc shooting the likes that is rarely seen on the court. We lost track of how many 3-pointers he had but the word on the street is that he shot 7 in the first game and 9 or more in the second game. What is really scary about Marco's game is that he is no longer a phenom 3-point shooter, he is now taking the ball to the basket with his ball-handling skills that put to shame defenders who dare to challenge his 3-pointer. What he has become is unguardable and the scouts are noticing his additional skills. One west coast scout in the previous showcase noticed his ability to run a team from the point guard position supported by his court vision and excellent passing skills. At the end of the day, Marco has become a polished all-around basketball player who just happens to play great defense. Scary!
Marco's partner on the backcourt is point-guard Devon Lundy who also attends Chandler high school. He was named to the showcase's 2nd team reflecting one of the top comebacks in high school basketball. Devon's game was noticed early on in his career during his Freshman year but a series of shoulder injuries to both shoulders sidelined him for his sophomore and junior high school and club seasons. Regardless of the challenge, Devon focused on rehabilitation and has returned with a vengeance. His name is beginning to pop up in recent showcases and it is expected that he will become one of the top guards in the state over the next year. Making the 2nd team at the 8th Annual Phoenix Fall Showcase is certainly indicative of his progress to date.
Expect both of these players to have a huge impact at Chandler high school where the addition of proven state championship title holder Head Coach Mark Nold is expected to position Chandler high school at great heights at the end of the 2013-14 high school season.
Although Marco Morales and Devon Lundy are seniors, they still have a lot of club games and showcase exposure opportunities before them where their rankings will rise even higher. Expect the Arizona All-Stars to continue to have an impact in the basketball club scene since those following behind Morales and Lundy are very solid young players in their own right.
To see the 1st & 2nd team selections from the 8th Annual Phoenix Fall Showcase go to the Area Codes Basketball write up by clicking here.
On October 4th Chad Groth's Battle of the Classes Super 80 took place at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix (Ariz.). In the ArizonaVarsity.com article highlighting the top performers in the event's 2014 class, Arizona All-Stars Marco Morales was mentioned as one of the best performers in the showcase.
Below is ArizonaVarsity.com Basketball Analyst Gregg Rosenberg's observation:
"6-foot-1 CG Marco Morales attends Chandler. Morales is a cold blooded shooter. He has deep range and lets the ball fly very quickly. He holds a high IQ to get his shot off without someone in his face and moves well without the ball. He can make passes to teammates to help facilitate for his team. He does look to score first then pass second. He will have to continue to put on weight and gain some more strength to defend at the higher level."