Posted On: 07/26/18 8:02 PM

After getting some experience with the Timpview varsity as a freshman, 5-foot-11 guard Jaxon Santiago is eager and ready for an expanded role as a sophomore.

With a knack for canning 3-balls and a penchant for making plays, Santiago could just have a breakout season with the Thunderbirds.

“My two biggest strengths are my 3-point shooting and play-making, just getting my teammates open,” said Santiago.

“Last year, I was an end of the bench guy, but it was a good experience practicing with the varsity. This year, I’ll be able to have a big role and help our team win.  A lot of our really good seniors last season graduated, so there’s a lot of spots left to fill.”

But first, he’s got one last weekend of AAU ball with one of the state’s best squads, Mountain Stars 15U.

He says the objective is to continue the momentum they’ve gained from previous live period tourneys in July.

“We played pretty good in the spring, and these past couple tournaments we’ve played really well. We won the championship at a tournament recently in California,” said Santiago.

“This weekend, we’re just looking to get some good experience and get some more wins against some good teams.”

As for his his recruitment, he’s got plenty of time for that to materialize. But it’s never too early to try and impress some college coaches.

“I haven’t heard of any recruitment coming in for me just yet, but I am thinking about it,” said Santiago. “I feel like next year will be a big one for me, I think that’s when it will all start.”