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Westwind Prep is coming under scrutiny from Phoenix area high school programs for its controversial decision to create a national team within its basketball program.
This is a huge story, Canyon. Nice work. The fallout from this could be crazy. As you opined, the fact that Westwind is "recruiting" the Phoenix area schools is utterly ridiculous. Hey, I'm all for giving athletes the opportunity to gain national exposure and attend an excellent institution, but not at the expense of the high schools throughout the Greater Phoenix Area.
Sadly, when I grew up playing basketball in Los Angeles, there was a bona fide rivalry (on and off the court) between the private schools and the city schools. The occasional games between private and city schools were epic. My high school played Artesia with the O'Bannon brothers in a playoff game and they were turning fans away at the door. However, the private schools have won the war and now every stud city high school player is ending up at a private school by their junior or senior season. Everyone knows of Mater Dei and it's ability to recruit nationally (Michael Cage's son will be attending MD this year and Mike Brown the Lakers coach enrolled his son at MD when Brown became head coach for L.A.). The big move last year in Los Angeles was the Hamilton Brothers (Isaac and Daniel) leaving Crenshaw HS (city) for St. John Bosco (private), turning St. John Bosco into an immediate CIF state title candidate this season.
Westwind Prep has an opportunity to officially put the sword in an already mediocre Phoenix HS basketball scene...ouch.
This post was edited by Gary Randazzo on 7/9/2012 at 8:47 PM
National Basketball Recruiting Analyst & Publisher of Wildcat Sports Report
A national trend, Gary, and sad to see. It's like sending your son to a mini-NBA training facility before he goes to one year of college- so he gets to the pros faster.....gag
The only positive as it relates to college basketball is schools are getting athletes better acclimated to demanding travel schedules. However, for every gem that "gets it" you get a Josiah Turner type that didn't grow up after a year at Prep School. To be fair to JT, though, he was only at the prep school for about 6 months while someone like Nick Johnson (who carries himself very professionally) was at Findlay Prep, playing for an excellent coach, for multiple seasons.
Have you guys ever heard of Amphi Football or Salpointe Basketball. They raped just about every Tucson high school for talent every year back when I was in school.
In the fall of 1982, Sabino upset #1 Amphi 6-0, one of the best FB games I have ever seen. We had an all state linebacker who had transferred to Amphi his senior year and our guys keyed on his number all week in practice.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
I run a week long basketball camp and Sean Miller runs a week long camp the same time. Who do you think parents are going to want to send their kids to? Probably the camp they believe will have the best chance of improving their child's skills and chances of achieving future success right? Why would we expect any different of a parent in regards to their school choice?
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