Posted On: 10/29/18 12:21 PM

With great size and an improving set of skills, Desert Oasis junior Cade Savell is a guy that could make his mark on Nevada high school hoops this winter.

The 6-foot-5 guard is coming off the heels of his finest offseason to date, and hopes to carry that momentum into his high school season with the Diamondbacks.

“This summer has been probably the summer that I’ve worked the hardest. I’ve increased my vertical and have done a ton of work on my ball-handling. And I’m to a point where my game has slowed down, and now I’m more comfortable,” said Savell.

“I feel like I’ve improved a lot on the defensive end, on the lateral quickness. I’ve added a lot of muscle and I feel like I can guard guys who are bigger than me. So, just a lot of improvement since last year.”

This spring and summer, Savell was improving his game with Las Vegas Punishers 16U on the Under Armour Circuit. Things went well for Savell, and his recruitment started to ramp up.

“I was able to play in front of a bunch of college scouts and I got some attention from college coaches. Coach James took me under his wing and I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a player from playing with that organization,” said Savell.

Now, with his junior season at Desert Oasis just weeks away, Savell is ready for some high school hoops. His was a senior-laden team last season; this year, it’ll be up to guys like him to take the reins

“My coach is relying on me a lot to be a leader this year. And last year’s guys were able to teach me a whole lot about the game,” said Savell. “This year, I’m trying to take all those skills I’ve learned and implement it into this season.”

As for that recruitment, it’s been starting to come together. Savell didn’t pick up any offers, bus some programs are looking at him, both for his academic prowess and his ability on the hardwood.

“I’ve gotten some interest from some D3 schools, and they’ve been impressed with my academic achievements, I got an award for academic excellence while maintaining a 4.0 last year while playing with the varsity basketball team,” said Savell.

“This year, playing summer ball, I got letter from UC-Riverside and Loyola-Marymount in California, and was invited out to their camps so they could take a look at me.”

He added: “Hopefully, this year with Desert Oasis, I’ll get a little bit more attention and a couple of scholarship offers.”