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Arizonans in men's college basketball: Top scorers include DeWayne Russell, Jordan Howard, Tim Kempton

Former Phoenix Brophy Prep standout Tim Kempton has averaged 20.4 points per game at Lehigh

Former Phoenix Brophy Prep standout Tim Kempton has averaged 20.4 points per game at Lehigh

Editor’s note: Stats updated through Sunday, March 12.

Many former Arizona high school boys basketball players’ seasons have come to a close. Some are set to play in postseason tournaments.

With the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, take a look at the players who have made an impact on their NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams this season.

Five of them have averaged at least 17.5 points per game.

The leading scorer from Arizona this season was Grand Canyon guard DeWayne Russell, a Peoria High grad, who averaged 21.2 points per game.

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Former Phoenix Brophy Prep standout Tim Kempton has averaged 20.4 points per game at Lehigh. He’s followed by Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard, a former Gilbert Perry standout, who has averaged 19.5 points per game.

Former Phoenix Desert Vista player Brandon Clarke (17.5 points per game at San Jose State) and former Anthem Boulder Creek standout Joshua Braun (17.5 points per game at GCU) round out the Top 5 scorers from an Arizona high school in men’s college basketball this season.

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Ranking former Arizona high school basketball players by points per game in 2016-17 season:

1. Grand Canyon: DeWayne Russell, guard, 5-11, 155, senior, Peoria, 21.2 ppg

2. Lehigh: Tim Kempton, center/forward, 6-10, 245, senior, Phoenix Brophy Prep, 20.4 ppg

3. Central Arkansas: Jordan Howard, guard, 5-11, 180, junior, Gilbert Perry, 19.5 ppg

T4. San Jose State: Brandon Clarke, forward, 6-8, 210, sophomore, Phoenix Desert Vista, 17.5 ppg

T4. Grand Canyon: Joshua Braun, guard, 6-4, 220, junior, Anthem Boulder Creek, 17.5 ppg

6. Loyola Marymount: Brandon Brown, guard, 5-11, 160, senior, Laveen Cesar Chavez, 13.9 ppg

7. Central Connecticut State: Austin Nehls, guard, 6-3, 185, sophomore, Tucson Catalina Foothills, 13.4 ppg

T8. Fresno State: Jaron Hopkins, guard, 6-6, 205, junior, Mesa Dobson, 13.2 ppg

T8. Marquette: Markus Howard, guard, 5-11, 175, freshman, Gilbert Perry, 13.2 ppg

10. Portland State: Calaen Robinson, guard, 6-2, 180, senior, Tempe Corona del Sol, 12.7 ppg

11. Stanford: Dorian Pickens, guard/forward, 6-5, 215, junior, Phoenix Pinnacle, 12.6 ppg

12. Fresno State: Paul Watson, guard/forward, 6-7, 215, senior, Paradise Valley, 11.3 ppg

13. South Dakota State: A.J. Hess, guard/forward, 6-7, 200, senior, Phoenix Country Day, 9.8 ppg

14. Montana State: Zach Green, guard, 6-4, 195, junior, Gilbert Mesquite, 9.7 ppg

15. Stanford: Michael Humphrey, forward, 6-9, 220, junior, Phoenix Sunnyslope, 9.4 ppg

16. ASU: Kodi Justice, guard, 6-5, 190, junior, Mesa Dobson, 9.2 ppg

17. San Diego State: Zylan Cheatham, forward, 6-9, 220, sophomore, Phoenix South Mountain, 9.1 ppg

18. UTSA: Lucas O’Brien, center, 6-10, 245, senior, Gilbert Perry, 7.7 ppg

19. Southern Utah: John Marshall, guard, 6-1, 180, senior, Phoenix Westwind Prep, 7.6 ppg

20. Weber State: Ryan Richardson, guard, 6-4, 185, junior, Mesa Dobson, 7.4 ppg

21. Weber State: Richaud Gittens, guard, 6-4, 200, senior, Tempe Marcos de Niza, 7.3 ppg

22. NC Central: Pablo Rivas, forward, 6-6, 210, junior, Laveen Cesar Chavez, 6.8 ppg

23. UTSA: Gino Littles, guard, 6-0, 160, junior, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 6.7 ppg

24. South Florida: Michael Bibby, guard, 6-3, 175, freshman, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, 6.6 ppg

25. Central Arkansas: Jeff Lowery, guard, 6-2, 195, senior, Phoenix Desert Vista, 6.2 ppg

26. Liberty: Brock Gardner, forward, 6-7, 210, freshman, Tri-City Christian, 6.1 ppg

27. Washington: Carlos Johnson, guard, 6-3, 235, freshman, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, 5.9 ppg

28. UTSA: Nick Allen, forward, 6-8, 205, sophomore, Surprise Willow Canyon, 5.8 ppg

T29. Memphis: Craig Randall, guard, 6-4, 184, sophomore, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, 5.4 ppg

T29. San Francisco: Nate Renfro, forward, 6-7, 186, sophomore, Tucson Sahuaro, 5.4 ppg

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Note: There are 62 former Arizona high school basketball players on Division I college basketball rosters this season. We only ranked the ones that are averaging at least 5 points per game. To see photos of all 62 players, click here.

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Photo gallery: Arizonans on college football rosters – 2016