Phoenix Shadow Mountain is working with the AIA on clearing the transfer of Gilbert Perry sophomore guard Bryce Fisher, who started last season on Perry’s Division I semifinal basketball team.
Perry coach Joe Babinski said he doesn’t believe Fisher should be eligible because he played for Team Bibby, a club team coached by former Shadow Mountain/Arizona/NBA point guard Mike Bibby two years ago.
Bibby isn’t technically the head coach at Shadow Mountain, but he runs the team in practices and in games.
The AIA has a rule that players can’t have any prior involvement with a youth or club coach associated with the school to which he transfers.
Shadow Mountain Athletic Director Mike Warren, who is succeeding Jerry Conner as head basketball coach, said that he went to the AIA first regarding Fisher’s transfer to make sure all of the paperwork and proper procedures were taken.
Warren said he also had a positive conversation with Perry Principal Dan Serrano regarding the transfer.
“I talk to the AIA all of the time,” Warren said. “Whenever I get a transfer, we go through the AIA. We want to make sure the domicile is right.”
Schmidt said there is not an investigation of recruiting on Shadow Mountain. He said the AIA received information that Shadow Mountain has responded to and they “have been very cooperative.”
Arizona’s top high school boys basketball teams: 2013-14 season
Richard Obert ranks the top teams in Arizona, including all divisions – No. 10 Gilbert Highland (21-8): It lost its last two games, to Corona del Sol and Mountain View, but it featured one of the more dynamic players in the state in senior guard Jake Toolson, who averaged nearly 28 points. Highland had no true big man but squeezed every ounce of effort out of the rugged Toolson, riding him all the way to the second round at state.