Here’s an update on how top locals are doing in the second week of the July evaluation period for high school basketball players:
–Markus Howard poured in 34 points, connecting on 8 of 13 3-pointers, in just 23 minutes of action in USA West’s 120-109 loss to USA South on Saturday in the semifinals of the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago.
On the previous day, Howard, a top 2017 point guard in the nation who made All-Arizona his first two years at Gilbert Perry, had 19 points, making 5 of 6 3-pointers, in just 20 minutes in a win.
Howard, 5-foot-11, set a 3-point accuracy record for Team USA U16 in its gold-medal winning Americas Championships in Argentina last month.
He picked up a scholarship offer on Friday from California, his 16th overall.
-Arizona Power Black U17 went 4-0 in the Double Pump Best of Summer in Anaheim, before losing to a Washington team led by 6-foot-3 senior point guard JaQuori McLaughlin, who has offers from Arizona and California. Power lost by four points in overtime, struggling most of the game from the field.
Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-8 senior forward from Gilbert Christian, had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Gilbert Christian senior guard Cameron Satterwhite, who has committed to Colorado, had 12 points and six rebounds. Tempe Corona del Sol junior point guard Saben Lee had 10 points and six assists.
Lee, 6-1, on Friday picked up his eight overall offer, this from Idaho State.
Lightfoot, Lee, Satterwhite and Gilbert Highland 6-9 senior Tim Fuller all have been impressive.
Here are Power director Jeff Becker’s takeaways on each of the big four:
On Lightfoot: “Really playing with confidence after the Under-Armour All-American Camp (in North Carolina). His recruitment keeps sky-rocketing. Most of the Pac-12 schools are extremely interested. It’s standing-room only for college coaches every game for us.”
On Lee: “Sky’s the limit. He has high major schools now like Cal, Stanford and Gonzaga taking notice. He controls the tempo of a game and absolutely makes everyone better. Right now, Saben is our ‘X factor.’ He’s bringing the heartbeat.”
On Satterwhite: “Freak. Every game he does something that makes coaches stand up. Colorado is very excited to have a special young man like him. Cam could end up the best 2016 prospect in Arizona. When he’s hitting shots consistently, plus his athleticism, he’s almost impossible to stop.”
On Fuller: “The biggest thing is he’s a 2018. He’ll take his (two-year church) mission and come back more mature and responsible. He already is one of the top bigs available. But in 2018 he’ll have tons of options. He’s the best back-to-the-basket big in the Southwest. He’s Mr. Consistent with great footwork, hands, touch around the basket, and passing ability for his size.”
-Power’s 16U Black and Red teams both were 5-0 heading into the sweet 16 of the Double Pump Anaheim with Laveen Cesar Chavez guard Donald Carter and Phoenix Desert Vista guard Caleb Simmons leading the Black team, and Goodyear Millennium’s Morningstar Takapu and Gilbert Higley’s Chris Wright leading the Red.
–Brendan Rumel, a 6-10 senior at Tucson Rincon, got his first offer this week while playing for Power in Anaheim. Nevada offered the big man, who used to be a top tennis player, before growing into his big-man basketball frame. He had 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a loss on Tucson Power 17 team Saturday against the NorCal Wildcats.
-Peoria Sunrise Mountain 6-6 senior Elijah Thomas and Gilbert Williams Field 6-9 senior Wyatt Lowell both have seen their recruiting ramp up another notch this week.
Thomas, playing in the Great American Shootout in Dallas for Arizona Magic Elite, reportedly picked up offers from Long Beach State and Fresno State. He is a beast in the lane and will likely end up at a high mid-major, if not a major.
Lowell, who plays for the Arizona Warriors and looked good in the Under Armour All-American camp in Charlotte, was offered by Oklahoma State.
-Phoenix Shadow Mountain senior point guard Michael Bibby is being seen this weekend by Michigan at the Big Foot Las Vegas Live, where he has shown flashes of that long-range, sweet jump shot. He is showing that his knee is holding up well after going through two surgical procedures since spring of last year.
Kentucky coach John Calipari is expected to catch one of Bibby’s games next week, his dad,Mike Bibby, said. Georgetown also is expected next week, Mike Bibby said. Mike coaches Team Bibby, which also has been able to showcase rising 6-4 senior JJ Rhymes’ athleticism.
-Corona del Sol junior point guard Alex Barcello performed well this week at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp in New York, where he played on Team Lillard.
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