Joy Christian School (Glendale, Arizona) will be called Dream City Christian, and Kyle Weaver said he will lead its new national high school boys basketball team.
With Joy Christian turning into Dream City, there will still be a varsity high school team in the Canyon Athletic Association. The national high school players, who will be playing against junior colleges and traveling for national “grind sessions,” will be part of the student population, taking classroom courses.
Weaver, who spent two years developing Scottsdale Bella Vista College Prep’s national team that included two “grind session” national championship last season, said the move was based on his Christian beliefs and Dream City’s vision as an outreach church helping those in need.
“The bottom line is I’m going home to my church,” Weaver said.
Weaver and Bella Vista Athletic Director Don Brown said their relationship remains strong.
Weaver helped Bella find his replacement.
Reggie Fox, who played basketball professionally, will take over as Bella Vista’s national high school program director and coach.
Weaver, who was Deandre Ayton’s coach for two years at Phoenix Hillcrest Prep, had built Bella’s program to have enough for two national teams this coming season, Brown said. Weaver said he will take some of those players with him to Dream City.
One of his best players, guard Terry Armstrong, was among eight seniors who left with college basketball scholarships this year. Armstrong was set to go to the University of Arizona, before he announced early last week that he was turning pro.
Brown said that all eight of Weaver’s seniors qualified academically.
“Terry could have (gone to UA) but he decided to go pro,” Brown said. “That’s his decision. Things are changing for a lot of these guys. Terry has a chance to go G League or get a decent contract overseas. He’ll be exploring those options.”
Weaver said he couldn’t blame Armstrong for wanting to go pro.
“That’s what he wanted to do,” Weaver said.
Weaver said he still is helping Bella Vista as he makes his transition. He said he is running a basketball camp there on Monday.
“Don is the best boss in the world,” Weaver said. “It’s God calling me in a different direction. I graduated from Colorado Christian University. It helped build the human being I am today. I build off of morals. I’m leaving them in great hands.”
Brown said he is happy for Weaver and the opportunity presented to him to build a new program.
“If he wanted to come back, he could come back any time,” Brown said. “We had a great year. It’s a new venture, a great opportunity for him to develop people and grow.
“It was a hard decision for him. They have a tie to the church. They’d like for him to develop something there. He and I discussed it. I’m supporting him in that move. He did everything for me that he said was going to do.
“We have a great coach coming in, taking over. We’ll still be in the grind session. Nothing changes for us. Kyle has another shot to build another program in Arizona and uplift Arizona basketball. I’m on board with that. He’s a good guy and cares about kids.”