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Posted On: 03/16/18 1:34 PM
Arizona had a number of underclassmen play huge roles on their varsity teams this past season. Below are the top 2020 prospects from the past year.
This particular selection was quite easy as Mannion is not only the underclassmen of the year, but the player of the year for the entire state. Mannion is an extremely special prospect. He is one of the top on-ball defenders in the state while being extremely stout with the basketball. He has a great feel for the game, and he makes his teammates better. Mannion is a big time prospect who will rack up plenty more accolades by the time this is all said and done.
Walker had a phenomenal season for Hillcrest prep this past year. The strong and skilled sophomore played a national schedule and demonstrated that he is one of the top prospects in the nation. The ASU commit was paramount to the success of Hillcrest and will look to find a way to improve on an already impressive sophomore season.
Nelson’s season was cut short due to transferring. While it is tough to but a guy on this list who only played half of the season, he deserved it. Salpointe looked like they were on the brink of missing the tournament all together. However, Nelson brought a spark to the team that led them to only making it to the state tournament, but making it to the state championship.
Boothman gave Buckeye something to be excited about as he played at an extremely high level all season. He is a score first guard who can create for himself at a moments notice. His explosiveness and ability to score in a multitude of ways was quite impressive. With him returning as well as other key pieces at Buckeye, this group should be quite exciting to watch next season.
Robinson transferred into Higley from out of state. Thus, he was set to make an impact from the initial buzzer. He did just that as he was double-double machine who finished well around the rim. In addition to finishing well around the rim, he demonstrated that he is capable of extending his range and shooting it from deep at a high level.
Gonzalez led the Eagles in scoring this past season while finishing in top 5 for all 5A sophomores in scoring, assists, steals, and rebounds. At nearly 16 points per game and 6 rebounds per game, Gonzalez had a huge season that he will look to build off of next season. His production was key to Ironwood making the state tournament for the 2nd time in a row.