This is the season debut of azcentral sports’ Super 10 boys basketball rankings, the best of the best, regardless of division.
No. 1 Phoenix Shadow Mountain 4-0
The Matadors were so dominant, capturing Gilbert’s inaugural Thanksgiving tournament two weeks ago that coach Mike Bibby was disappointed with the running clock after a 30-point lead. He wishes that would go away. Other than that, he couldn’t have been happier about a deep Division II team led by his son Michael and senior guard JJ Rhymes. Its first major challenge comes Friday against Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep.
No. 2 Chandler Basha 7-0
Unbeaten, but for how long? Faces it first big test on Tuesday against Division I Mesa Mountain View, but the inside forces of Devin Kirby and Gabe McGlothan are determined.
No. 3 Glendale Mountain Ridge 7-0
The Green brothers, led by 6-foot-4 freshman Josh, moved in from Australia, giving the Lions a sudden bolt of credibility.
No. 4 Mesa 7-1
Ended Tempe Corona del Sol’s 70-game winning streak against Arizona teams, behind Drew Hatch’s 30 points. Its only loss was by two points to Mountain Ridge in Mesa’s Fear The Hop tournament.
No. 5 Gilbert Christian 3-1
Didn’t get to the Christian Cup championship game, but the defending Division II champion gave California-power Santa Margarita its toughest game last week, behind Kansas-signee Mitch Lightfooot.
No. 6 Gilbert Highland 7-1
Senior center Tim Fuller is off to a strong start.
No. 7 Corona del Sol 1-1
The four-time defending Division I champions bounced back after the three-point Mesa loss. Will be a handful still with guards Alex Barcello, Saben Lee and Tyrell Henderson.
No. 8 Phoenix Desert Vista 3-0
Will see how guards Caleb Simmons and Tarik Cool handle the pressure of playing at Findlay Prep on Thursday.
No. 9 Mesa Mountain View 2-0
Great guard play should help the Toros against the top teams this year.
No. 10 Gilbert 5-1
Division I Tigers want to show they’re a lot better now since the 80-56 loss to Shadow Mountain in the final of its tournament.
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