Posted On: 07/29/21 1:01 AM

July 16-18 I attended the HoopSeen The Valley Jam at the beautiful nearly brand new Ottawa University in Surprise/AZ. 

43 teams from the 15 to 17U played four showcase games over the weekend. College coaches were on hand to take in the action for the second of the three July live periods.


Here were some 2023 guards that stood out:

Cohen J Gonzales Cohen J Gonzales 5'8" | PG Mesquite | 2023 State AZ Mesquite (Team Arizona Black Elite 17) (Pictured) 

-The lone 2023 to make the 1st team in 17U. He is a walking bucket who does it efficiently. He isn’t taking bad shots and puts immense pressure on defenses. He has a strap from the 3pt line but he is more then just a great shooter. He has an incredible first step to get passed his defenders and then will either rise up and shoot it off the dribble or finish off tough shots in the lane on the norm. 

Isaiah Kai Isaiah Kai 6'0" | PG Campo Verde | 2023 State AZ Campo Verde (Team Arizona Black Elite 17) 

-A second team in 17U also impressed. He has the lead guard role on this team and consistently dissects defenses with his passing, IQ and skill. He can score it from mid to the

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