The Arizona All-Stars Shine at the 2019 Arizona Middle School Basketball Championship

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The Arizona All-Stars 7th grade club team qualified for the 2019 Middle School State Championships and played in it this past weekend.  The team shined throughout the tournament with a 3-1 record in the Gold division losing to the AZ Best Select in the first pool game after being ahead at the end of the 1st half 20-18.   AZ Best Select went on to win the division championship it had to work hard to get past the All-Stars.   Throughout the tournament, the All-Stars displayed excellent teamwork, high IQ, great defense and proved once again that the Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy is one of the top youth basketball player development programs in Arizona.   The results speak for themselves. 

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2019 State Championship_ALLSTARS POOL RESULTS

2019 State Championship_ALLSTARS GAME RESULTS | "The Premier Source For Competitive Youth Basketball Information"

American Leadership Academy North Teams Deliver at the Tucson Arizona State Championships

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American Leadership Gilbert North Jr.H. basketball program went 7 - 1 at the Arizona Middle School State Championship in Tucson.  ALA Gilbert North 8th grade team went 3 -1, loosing to Stapley Jr.H in the semi-finals, then bouncing back to beat Desert Foothills to secure 3rd place in the 8th grade school division.  ALA Gilbert North 7th grade team went 4 - 0, beating Roskuge Jr.H in the semi-finals and Stapley Jr.H. in the finals to win the 7th grade school division of the Arizona Middle School State Championship.  American Leadership Gilbert North Jr.H. basketball program completes its 2018 - 19 season with a accumulative recorded of 42 - 5. | "The Premier source for Competitive Youth Basketball Information"

SWS Spring Championships Tournament | March 9 - 10, 2019

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SWS Spring Championships Tournament
Dates: March 9th-10th, 2019
Locations: KROC and nearby gyms
Cost: $295
Divisions: Boys 4th, 5th, 6th Silver, 6th Gold, 7th Silver, 7th Gold, 8th Silver, 8th Gold, Freshman, JV and Varsity
Girls 5th/6th, 7th/8th, Freshman and Varsity
Text 623-764-2639 to commit your team
Register for all tournaments at
Any questions, contact Ron Coleman at 623-764-2639
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Area Codes Basketball 2019 Arizona Spring Shootout | March 10, 2019

2019 Arizona Spring Shootout - PRESENTED BY ACB SCOUTING SERVICE
Start Date 03/10/2019 register now 

End Date  
Age Range 14 - 17
Event Fee $150.00 - 1 Team 
$300.00 - 2 Teams 
$450.00 - 3 Teams 
$600.00 - 4 Teams 
Discounts $0.00
Registration Closes 03/08/2019
Event Description
Boy's 14U - 17U
Entry Fee - $195 - 2 game minimum ($150 per team if you register on or before March 6th)
The First AAU/Club Tournament for High School teams in 2019!
AIA CERTIFIED Game Officials 
Location - THE PHHacility, 46000 East Cotton Gin Loop, Phoenix, AZ 85040 
Past teams that participated: Prodigy Elite (CA), Powerhouse (AZ), Las Vegas Punishers (NV), Aim High (CA), Arizona Magic (AZ), Arizona Power (AZ), Compton Magic (CA), Belmont Shore (CA), Texas D1 Ambassadors (TX), Houston Dream Team (TX), Team Phoenix (AZ),  Las Vegas Prospects (NV), Team Eleate (CA), Inland (CA), Joe Ward All Stars, LV Dogcatchers (CA), Paul George Elite (CA), Prodigy (CA), California Elite (CA), West Coast Elite (CA), Superior Athletes (CA), BYC Elite (NM), Colorado Miners (CO), Arizona Power, Tucson Pump n Run, Arizona Rebels, Arizona Dream Team, San Diego All Stars (CA), Alvin Gentry Elite (AZ), Danny Granger Hurricanes (NM), SkyRiders (AZ), So Cal Soldiers (CA), Fastbreak Sports (CA), IEPB (CA), BBC Elite (CA), Arizona Grassroots, AZ Prospects, Desert Storm (AZ), AZ Pump n Run, Latino Select (TX), 5 Star Hoops (NV), Team Eleate (CA), Las Vegas Dynasty (NV), Team Zona (AZ), El Paso Titans (TX), Arizona D1 Ambassadors (AZ), San Diego Magic (CA), Las Vegas Lakers (NV), Utah Select (UT), Gamepoint (CA), New Mexico Force (NM), Top Gun (CA), Team Arizona (AZ), San Diego Warriors (CA), Las Vegas Knicks (NV), Team Metro, Arizona Redshirts, Arizona Sting, Marcus Banks Hard to Guard (NV), California Chaos (CA), Las Vegas Rebels (NV), Arizona Future & many more......

Media alert: All of the past scouts and media that covered Area Codes Basketball events included: BALLER.TV,, Jerry Mullen of, Ronnie Flores of,, Dinos Trigonis of & Pangos All American Camp,, AreacodesTvNetwork, ESPNU.Com,,, West Coast Hoops Report Scouting Service,,,,,,,,,, Van Coleman of,, World Hoops Scouting Service and many other services.  

This event will SELL-OUT!

Questions?  Chad Groth 602-318-4731 or
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American Leadership Academy North Leads The Way On the Hardwood


American Leadership Academy Gilbert North Basketball Junior High Varsity team finished another outstanding season as runner up in the CAA Division 3 Junior High State Championship tournament. 

With an accumulated record of 20-3, ALA Gilbert North Basketball Jr.H. Varsity won their region for the second year in a row with a record of 13-1.  This team also won the Arizona Junior High MLK Tournament, going 5-1 in the tournament.

ALA Gilbert North Junior High JV also won their region with an unbeaten record of 13-0.  Collectively, ALA Gilbert North Basketball Junior High program went 28 - 2  in CAA competition and 37 - 4 overall. 

Both teams are qualified to participate in the Arizona Middle School State Championship in March.

By Coach Mark Armstrong | Head Coach - ALA

2019 FEBRUARY ALA TEAM 2 "The Premier Source For Competitive Youth Basketball Information"

How Do You Evaluate A Youth Club Program? Buyer Beware!

Youth TeamsThere are multiple ways to evaluate a youth club program.   You first must push aside the hype and any other nebulous attempt to build up a program.   Don't get me wrong.   Hype is good and serves a purpose and is often backed up by positive results..   Hype can sometimes also be misleading so buyer beware.

When trying to measure the value of a youth club basketball program, go for the results.   I am not talking about the current wins and how many trophies the coach has accumulated.    First and foremost, take a look at how many of the program's student-athletes are making their middle school and high school teams.     In addition, how are these players doing on the team throughout the school season.    Making a team and statistics on the players' season are facts and facts are stubborn things.

In today's highly competitive youth basketball landscape, it is common to see 50 to 80 kids trying out for their 7th and 8th grade teams.   At the high school level, it gets even more difficult to make the team and just as many players tryout but at this level, the participants are bigger, faster and stronger.

So don't hesitate to ask the staff of a club program that you are considering for your child for the hard facts.    A good program will make it easy for you.  As a matter of fact, a great program is already touting its historical success of being able to help their kids to make their school teams.    

If you don't see the club program advertising their success in helping their students to make their school teams and, when you ask for the facts, if the program staff starts dancing around the issue with no real facts to show.....buyer beware.

Jose Morales | | | "The Premier Source For Competitive Youth Basketball Information"

Nikko Pentelute | Gilbert High School's Varsity Freshman Up and Coming HoopsTalent

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Nikko Pentelute is a freshmen on the Gilbert Tigers' Varsity team who is splitting game time between the Varsity and JV teams. For a freshman, Nikko is physically strong enough to compete at the varsity level and has done a good job challenging his upperclassmen during team training sessions and steps-up to challenge Varsity level opponents during games.

Besides the physical aspect that he brings, Nikko's game mind-set is miles ahead of most freshmen. His basketball IQ is simpy off the charts. The coaching staff is very excited for Nikko’s progression over the next four years to lead the Tigers to many successful seasons. 

Assistant Varsity Coach Newendyke states "Nikko is a hard worker and we are looking forward to seeing him grow with our program.   He is not just on the team, he is a Freshman that gets to play and contribute."

Nikko's ability on the court and game IQ is easily attributed to his father, Tom Pentelute, who trained and coached his son throughout most of Nikko's competitive youth basketball years.  Tom's passion for the game has made him a well-respected Arizona club basketball coach who has positively influenced many kids in the game.  Watching Tom coach shows why Nikko has developed into a strong up and coming local hoops star.    But Tom is quick to note that Nikko's ability on the court comes from everyone who has contributed to Nikko's current success.   He states that, "it has taken an entire community of basketball leaders to shape Nikko's game."

Nikko currently plays for both the Varsity team and the JV team.  Gilbert high school JV coach, Michael Charles is one of Nikko's raving fans.   When asked what he thinks of Nikko, Coach Charles was quick to point out that Nikko arrived to the high school team with "an incredibly polished game that includes a high basketball IQ coupled with very refined basketball skills."  

Currently, the Gilbert high boys basketball Varsity team is a true contender for the Arizona state championship title.  Sporting only one loss for the season, the team is formidable, well-trained and has great player chemistry.   Having Freshman Nikko Pentelute on the team is indicative of a winning team that is fated to be one of the top boys basketball teams in the Arizona youth basketball landscape for many years to come.

Jose Morales | | | "The Premier Source For Competitive Youth Basketball Information"