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Posted On: 09/25/17 8:00 AM
The Way Too Early Rankings for 6A will close our pre-season rankings for the upcoming season. We are almost a month away from the start of the season and about five months away from naming a state champion. Here are out Way Too Early Rankings for 6A.
Pinnacle brings back the most firepower and one of the best backcourts in the entire state. Nico Mannion is as special as they come and has made a huge name for himself in a short period of time. In addition to Mannion, Pinnacle has Spencer Rattler and Trent Brown who have enabled the team to have a lot of success. Further, look for an improved Jordan Mains to be ready to make an impact this season.
Desert Vista brings back a plethora of talent from a team that had a lot of success last year. In addition, they have brought in some crucial transfers from out of state. Although they have lost some players due transferring or graduation, Desert Vista will be in good hands. As far as returners are concerned, here are some names to look out for: Wesley Harris, Duane Miller, Christian Anigwa, and Alijah Gammage.
Hamilton has plenty of returning talent as well. With that said, the key returner has to be Rashad Smith. Smith led the team in the vast majority of statistical categories. He will most likely be the unquestioned leader on a team that brings back the majority of its talent. At 6’4, he is one of the longest and most athletic point guards in the state.
Jalen Graham has improved tremendously and is one of the most versatile players in the entire state. He has a lot of ability and will play at a high level this year and at the next level. In addition to Graham, Mountain Pointe has some talented guards. A couple who are important to note include Malik Salahuddin as well as Amarion Cash. This team is as athletic as any team in the state.
The Knights have a solid team coming back and were blessed with some top tier transfers. A couple of the transfers worth noting include Cameron Katal and Cedric Steele. This makes two years in a row that Westview has received some serious length from transfers. In addition to the these two, Westview brings back one of the top point guards in the state in D’Maurian Williams as well as team that prides itself on defense and selfless play. Another prospect that everyone should keep an eye on is Christian Diaz.
Brophy brings back one of the most fundamentally sound teams in 6A. They play hard and execute at a high level. Further, they bring back two of the best wings in the state. Jaxon Baker, a recent Central Arkansas commit, and Ian Burke will lead the way for this group. Both bring length to the wing and can shoot the basketball at a high level.
Red Mountain has recent Utah commit Timmy Allen running the show. He will not have to sit out of any games this upcoming season as he had to last year. In addition to Allen, Red Mountain has one of the best power forwards in the state in Dre Harris. If Red Mountain can find solid guard play, Allen and Harris are two of the best prospects in the state at their positions.
Mountain View is always tough due to their team first mentality. They play extremely hard and without egos. Although they lost the majority of their varsity team from last year, they do bring back Zach Lyons and plenty of talented underclassmen. This groups culture is crucial to their success. They always have a way to replace instead of rebuild due to their talent and willingness to do all of the little things necessary to win games.
Perry has a solid team returning and will be aided by the Kyle Patterson transferring into the program. In addition to Patterson, the team brings back one of the most talented point guards in the state in Jalen Williams. Williams was outstanding this summer with the I-10 Celtics. Evan Skeoch and Bauer Bongard are prepared to make a big impact in this upcoming season as well.
Millennium has a strong group of young prospects coming in with Justus Jackson and DaRon Holmes. Holmes was a monster in the opportunities that I have had to see him play. He has the ability to play and make a huge impact at the varsity level right way. In addition to Holmes and Jackson, Fahy will look to play a huge role for this team. The do it all forward brings the toughness and intensity that any team needs in order to be successful. His play is contagious and will get his teammates to play harder.
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