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Congratulations to California Supreme Elite Basketball 14U Red guard Jaren Harris averaging 10.2 PPG, and landing the tournament First Team ALL NIKE GYM RATS; Portland, Oregon. – 2017
California Supreme Elite class of 2017 Five Star student athletes DeAndre Ayton (#1), and Brandon McCoy(#8) both receive final roster spots on the Jordan Brand Classic, and the McDonalds All American rosters. Ayton is the #1 player in the country signed to the University of Arizona, and Brandon McCoy holds a final list of: Michigan State, Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, and UNLV. Visit us online today:
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By Brandon Cruz
Only having four years in college basketball to foster spectacular teammate chemistry can be an especially difficult task. Luckily for Wolf Pack basketball, its two top-150 recruits, Josh Hall and Devearl Ramsey, have been playing with one another for their entire lives.
6-foot-6, 190-pound Hall had nothing but praise for his longtime point guard Ramsey when asked about their chemistry during their upbringing.
“We’ve always played well together. We used to actually always play against each other and even further back in elementary school,” Hall said.
But the question that surrounds the two is how much did Ramsey’s decision to join Nevada affect Hall’s decision to come to the Battle Born State? Hall was originally committed to play at Rice University in Houston, but it appeared that some summer ventures changed his mind.
“After the summer I wanted to be open to new offers and field new options,” Hall said.
Hall’s summer consisted of a lot of time spent with Ramsey as they played on an AAU team together called the California Supreme. They gelled well, and Hall praised Ramsey’s decision-making ability.
“We did a lot of pick-and-roll action, a lot of pick and pop. Whenever I would have a big guarding me, he would recognize the mismatch,” Hall said
Although it appears that Ramsey played a significant role in Hall’s decision to commit to Nevada, Ramsey would not consider himself to be the main factor as to why Hall found himself in the Silver State.
“I don’t know if I played a really big factor, but I think I played a good factor in bringing him here,” Ramsey said.
While Ramsey believes he may have played a small component in getting Hall to commit to Nevada, Hall would say otherwise. Ramsey may have been more important to the process than he actually knows.
“[Ramsey] played a really big factor because we were playing together for so long. He just made me feel comfortable being here. He kind of persuaded me too,” Hall said.
Ramsey downplayed his role in helping attract Hall to the University of Nevada. Even without their statements, just watching the two interact demonstrates their relationship with one another.
When there is such a bond between players like Hall and Ramsey, eventually others will notice. Senior shooting guard D.J. Fenner can foresee amazing potential for the two.
“They play really well together,” Fenner said. “Definitely can see them being a really good combo when they’re older. Their games are different.With Ramsey at the point and Hall at combo guard, you can see them being able to feed off each other.”
Who knows, maybe they will become Nevada’s Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, as their longtime chemistry has star-like qualities. Although they may need a few seasons to confirm that statement, they sure have the ability to make an early impact, according to head coach Eric Musselman.
“The biggest thing is Josh has been such a great surprise, because he can play multiple positions, has a great attitude and a really high basketball IQ,” Muss said.
Musselman also commented about the impact Ramsey could have on the team.
“He can change the complexion of the game with his defense. He’s going to increase the tempo for us, he does a great job of pushing the ball and has really improved his 3-point shooting in a short amount of time,” Musselman said.
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Ignore the rumors. Ignore the criticism. Ignore the noise. There’s a reason Arizona commit DeAndre Ayton has been ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 for the last three years: so far, no one’s been able to stop him.
Just a month after announcing his college decision live on SportsCenter, DeAndre Ayton sits back and thinks about his journey. Since his arrival to the United States from the Bahamas in 2011, he’s emerged as the top recruit in the Class of 2017—a title he’s held for the past three years. Leaving his mother and siblings behind at the time was extremely tough. But in the grand scheme of things, living in the States without his family hasn’t even been the toughest part of the process. As his game continued to blow up, so did his name.
“The biggest challenge was blocking everybody out of my mind when I play,” Ayton says. “A lot of tweets go around saying, ‘He’s not eligible for college,’ stuff like that. I’ve had to overcome that. On the court, though, there’s no challenge, to be honest—other than just focusing. I adapted to it. I’ve heard a lot of criticism in my life, ever since I moved out here to the US, but that type of stuff doesn’t bother me. I use it as motivation.”
In an age when misinformation and rumors easily (and quickly) spread through social media, high-profile recruits find themselves having to cope with the constant drum of outside noise. And while it’s one of those “it comes with the territory” situations, Ayton seems to have embraced the chatter with ease.
A 7-foot center armed with explosive athleticism and an inside-outside game that extends out to the perimeter, his skillset has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. Last season, as a junior, he averaged 29.2 points, 16.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix while playing a national schedule against America’s top prep programs.
Ayton’s road to becoming America’s top prospect began in San Diego, where he enrolled at the Balboa School in 2011. He remained there until the summer of 2015, when he relocated to the Valley of the Sun to join Hillcrest. The different environments have provided the versatile big with some valuable life lessons.
“Growing up in the Bahamas, I really learned how to appreciate things more for when I moved out to Cali,” Ayton says. “Moving to Cali, the program really helped me to be humble. I was a very lowkey prospect. And moving to Arizona, I made it home.”
Last year, his mother, Andrea, relocated to the US to join him in Phoenix. His siblings followed. Their arrival couldn’t have come at a more perfect time—the noise surrounding his recruitment is louder than ever.
“My mom is my rock,” Ayton admits. “She is my shield. She keeps all my sharks away. I can go anywhere—she has to be with me. Everything goes through my mom.”
Of course, making Arizona his home turned out to be more than a high school decision.
It’s where he plans to suit up for college, too, after giving the Wildcats a verbal commitment in September. His slated arrival in Tucson wasn’t just about choosing a top-ranked program within close proximity. Whittling his options down to Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky, he realized that only one of those coaches had yet to reach a level that the other two had, and he really wanted to change that.
“The second unofficial visit, we went up to Arizona and I told my mom, You know? I really like this program,” Ayton says. “Coach Sean [Miller] has never gone to the Final Four, and I really was thinking about that. I really intend to help him get there—and then lead ‘em to a National Championship. I told my mom, I just want to make history.”
Franklyn Calle is an Assistant Editor at SLAM.
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