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Posted On: 01/26/18 11:34 AM
While 4A lacks the depth of 5A and 6A, some of the top players and performances in the state have come from these ranks. Shadow Mountain’s strong performance has led to them having 3 members on the Mr. Basketball candidates. Further, Otis Frazier and Grant Greabell have had huge seasons en route to earning top 5 consideration for this award. Below are the top candidates for 4A Mr. Basketball.
House and Shadow Mountain have had a tremendous year, which was to be expected. House mixes with Blacksher to form the best backcourt in the state. Further, the transfers of Allen, Shemar Morrow, and Antonio Reeves aided them greatly by giving them potentially the best wings in the state as well.
House has had video game type numbers all season. He has been on triple-double alert for the majority of the season with points, assists, and rebounds. His solid play is a huge reason that Shadow is not only the best team in the state but one of the best in the nation.
Blacksher forms the second part of the best backcourt in the state. While House leads the team in points per game, Blacksher leads it in steals and assists. The numbers that Blacksher and House have put up are largely unprecedented in Arizona as well as high school basketball in general. Blacksher is one of the best guards in the state at using on ball screens. Further, he has impressive instincts on the offensive and defensive end that are extremely rare.
Greabell has played the way that many anticipated he would this season. His ability to shoot the basketball from anywhere on the court has aided Estrella Foothills in having another solid season. With Greabell leading the show and the assistance of Shaun Wahlstrom, Foothills should make a deep run in the state tournament which will keep Greabell in contention for Mr. Basketball and the 4A player of the year.
Beskind is one of the best point guards in the state regardless of classification. His size and skill set make him a dangerous prospect and a mismatch nightmare for opposing teams. His ability to create for himself and for others has played a huge role in the team’s success. While Shadow Mountain looks to be a step above everyone in this classification, Foothills is a legitimate contender and will make a deep run in the state playoffs.
Frazier has had a massive season en route to putting himself on everyone’s radars. Further, his strong play has assisted Buckeye in having a very impressive season that will more than likely end with a region championship. Moreover, they have a highly anticipated contest with Shadow Mountain on Feb. 1 that should determine how solid this team is compared to one of the nations best. In addition, it will be a great opportunity for Frazier to assert that he is truly one of the top 2019 prospects in the state.