On Saturday February 27th I attended the 5A Desert Mountain Wolves at the 6A Brophy Prep Broncos.
Here were some observations from the two games I viewed:
#1 Brophy Prep, like always, has a lot of talent in their program.
#2 Three sophs from Brophy Prep stood out in the JV game.
-A versatile forward can handle it and he plays hard. He plays the game with a high IQ and rebounds well, makes plays for others and can score it from inside and out. Likes slashing to the basket and getting on the glass.
-A long and lean face-up forward. He handles it decently and can shoot it from mid to the 3. He can pull-up off the dribble and shows upside.
D’Jay Van Dyke SG 5’9 2023 Brophy Prep
-A strong downhill guard is very tough taking it to the cup. He is tough and fearless and uses his handle and thicker frame to score it through contact.
#3 One junior and two freshman from Desert Mountain stood out in the JV game.
Parker Kendall PG 5’9 2022 Desert Mountain
-A pure PG with en elite assist to turnover ratio. He will most likely be the backup PG for next years varsity team. He can hit the 3 plus get into the lane and use the floater.
-A sharp shooter was at it again on JV this time. He can light it up from deep and has confidence. He played off of Kendall and they upset the undefeated Brophy Prep JV team.
-An active forward has good athleticism and activity. He always seems to know where to be and cleans the glass and scores it efficiently inside.
#4 Brophy Prep definitely challenged themselves with their difficult schedule and will be ready for the playoffs.
#5 My first look at Brophy Prep this year and they are good, but they will probably be better next year with a deep group of youth.
#6 Desert Mountain is easily locked into the 5A playoffs but need a full team effort if they want a deep playoff run.
#7is better then most people realize for Desert Mountain.
#8 Here were the Varsity standouts:
Brophy Prep 57 Desert Mountain 47 (unofficial stats)
Brophy Prep (Pictured) (19 pts 10 rebs 3 asts 4 stls)
-A true combo guard is a two-way player. He is a physical rebounder for a guard and talks on defense setting his teammates to their spots. He can pick their pockets and is also a good passer. He makes the skip pass look easy and scores it through contact. He can hit the mid-range jumper and is the team leader.
Brophy Prep (15 pts 3 rebs 1 ast)
-A highly skilled bigger wing can really shoot it and is a natural scorer. He can shoot the 3 easily plus is versatile to post up and he can drive it. He is versatile to play the 2-4 and defensively he can defend inside and out plus grabs rebounds in his area.
Brophy Prep (4 pts 3 rebs 1 stl)
-A talented freshman who is already playing minutes on varsity. He takes long strides and gets into the lane quickly and can score it through contact. He has a nice floater game and is a good passer.
Brophy Prep (4 pts 3 rebs 1 stl)
-An athletic 4-man can create his own shot for himself. He rebounds well in his area and he’s the lone bigger forward that the Broncos lean on.
Brophy Prep (2 pts 2 rebs 3 asts 1 stl)
-A pure PG makes plays for others and can defend. He is quick on the ball defensively and plays smartly off the pick and roll. He can burst into the lane and euro his way to the basket.
Desert Mountain (15 pts 2 rebs 5 asts 4 stls)
-The long strider gets into the lane with ease and can finish with either hand using his long arms. He uses his handle to get into smaller spaces and then can kick it out to shooters. He has the floater and the mid-range pull-up. He collects steals in bunches using his speed, length and quickness.
Desert Mountain (15 pts 3 rebs 3 stls)
-A high motored forward helped out Elliott Jr as much as he could. He ran the court, crashed the glass and can score it with either hand. He uses his quick leap to grab rebounds out of his area and keeps plays alive.