Posted On: 03/17/20 2:00 PM

Some of the smaller Conferences may not have the overall talent as 6A or 5A but there are many standouts in 2A and 3A that I viewed during the season. Let’s look back and revisit those players. 

I am only mentioning players I viewed. 

 

3A:

Dyson LighthallDysonLighthall6'8" | CAmerican Leadership Academy-Queen Creek | 2020StateAZ (American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek)

-The strongest and tougher match-up problems from inside and out. Very good hands, skill from the 3pt line and a high IQ. He was named Region POY. 

Devon BrookeDevonBrooke6'7" | SFAmerican Leadership Academy-Queen Creek | 2020StateAZ (American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek)

-A unique player with great size and passes the ball like a point forward. Shoots 3's with range and was named Region Offensive POY. 

Logan PhillipsLoganPhillips6'7" | SFValley Christian | 2020StateAZ (Valley Christian) 

-The Purdue-Northwest commit had an amazing 2-year run for the Trojans. A nice blend of shooting, athleticism and ball handling at almost 6'8. 

Jackson RisiJacksonRisi6'1" | SGPhhoenix Prep Post Grad | 2021StateAZ (Valley Christian) 

-Top-notch shooter has volleyball line range and a super quick release. Can now take the ball to the basket or pull-up from mid-range. 

Jerry IliyaJerryIliya6'5" | SFParadise Honors | 2020State#491NationAZ (Paradise Honors)

-A downhill athletic terror had a productive year for the Panthers. The "Nigerian Nightmare" was a fun watch and was Region POY. 

Dyson LighthallDysonLighthall6'8" | CAmerican Leadership Academy-Queen Creek | 2020StateAZ (American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek) -The strongest and tougher match-up problems from inside and out. Very good hands, skill from the 3pt line and a high IQ. He was named Region POY.  Devon BrookeDevonBrooke6'7" | SFAmerican Leadership Academy-Queen Creek | 2020StateAZ (American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek) -A unique player with great size and passes the ball like a point forward. Shoots 3's with range and was named Region Offensive POY.  Logan PhillipsLoganPhillips6'7" | SFValley Christian | 2020StateAZ (Valley Christian)  -The Purdue-Northwest commit had an amazing 2-year run for the Trojans. A nice blend of shooting, athleticism and ball handling at almost 6'8.  Jackson RisiJacksonRisi6'1" | SGPhhoenix Prep Post Grad | 2021StateAZ (Valley Christian)  -Top-notch shooter has volleyball line range and a super quick release. Can now take the ball to the basket or pull-up from mid-range.  Jerry IliyaJerryIliya6'5" | SFParadise Honors | 2020State#491NationAZ (Paradise Honors) -A downhill athletic terror had a productive year for the Panthers. The "Nigerian Nightmare" was a fun watch and was Region POY.  Blessing NwotiteBlessingNwotite6'1" | SGParadise Honors | 2022StateAZ (Paradise Honors) -Uber athletic scoring guard defends just about everyone on court from power forwards to PG's. An invaluable asset to have for Coach Hettel.  Scott, Pickens and Bell will terrorize 4A next year! Jalen ScottJalenScott6'4" | PGParadise Honors | 2021StateAZ (Paradise Honors) -The best passer in the AIA coming back next year will be Scott! Finds players in traffic and is starting to make shots from the perimeter. His defense is also next level.  Nate PickensNatePickens6'2" | CGAZ Compass Prep | 2022StateAZ (Paradise Honors) -A true shot maker can create for himself and others. Just a "bucket". Wyatt BellWyattBell6'0" | CGParadise Honors | 2021StateAZ (Paradise Honors) -Knock down shooter committed to his dream school Air Force. He will have a big year next year.    2A Hunter RuckHunterRuck6'9" | PFRancho Solano Prep | 2020State#484NationAZ (Rancho Solano Prep)  -The UC Irvine commit had an impressive 4-year career and topped it off with Conference POY. He gobbled up every rebound and his right hand hook is automatic.  Tyson LegnerTysonLegner6'2" | SGRancho Solano Prep | 2020StateAZ (Rancho Solano Prep)  -A strong combo guard can shoot it with range and is just a winner. A 2-time state Champ.  Jake Taylor (Trivium Prep) -The senior standout for the runner-up Crimson Knights has a lot of skill. My first time viewing him was at the state finals and came away impressed. He scores the ball easy with his shooting and comes with a high IQ and great feel for the game.  Matthew FanMatthewFan5'11" | PGScottsdale Christian Academy | 2021StateAZ (Scottsdale Christian Academy) -A rare pure PG who has improved every year. He guided his team to the final-4 with his IQ, scoring and facilitating. 

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