By: Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | November 21, 2017
No. 7: Mesquite
Location: Gilbert, Ariz.
2016-17 record: 31-1
Final 2016-17 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
The Wildcats return all but one starter from their 5A state championship team.
Senior 5-10 PG Shaylee Gonzales (19.8) was the state Player of the Year and is a BYU signee. Senior 5-9 SG Lindsey VanAllen (17.8) has signed with UC-Santa Clara. Senior 5-7 G Hailey Walker (8.2 ppg) is headed to Fort Hays State and junior 5-8 W Zyan Smith (4.2 ppg) will also contribute.
The top newcomers are: junior 5-11 F Olivia Champion, who played for the Costa Rican national team and freshman 5-7 SG Alaya Fitzgerald, who averaged 16 points a game for Mesquite Junior High.