JACKRABBITS LOSE in FEBRUARY FRENZY-
The Jackrabbits lost their opening game in the state tournament to Deer
Valley by a score of 69-62.
2014 SENIOR NIGHT
UPDATE - 02/07/14 - MESA DEFEATS HORIZON -
The Jackrabbits beat Horizon 49-35 on
Friday and ended the regular season with a 17-9 record. Onto the State
UPDATE - 01/20/14 - PINNACLE TOPS MESA WITH A BUZZER BEATER-
Pinnacle's Trey Ingram hits a jumper with 1.1 sec left in the MLK
Basketball Classic in a 60-58 win over Mesa High.
HAMILTON TAKES FEAR CROWN - MESA FINISHES 3RD BRACKETS
MESA RANKED IN PRE SEASON TOP 10 - DIVISION I
By Richard Obert azcentral sports
1. Tempe Corona del Sol: This could be coach Sammy Duane Jr.’s best
perimeter shooting team and that’s a scary thought knowing how well the
Aztecs shot their way to the past two state championships.
2. Phoenix Pinnacle: This becomes Dorian Pickens’ team with the
departure of four-year starting guard Drew Bender. Pickens has a strong
supporting cast, including transfers Cameron Gilbert (Prescott) and Rojhae
Colbert (Phoenix North).
3. Laveen Cesar Chavez: Another fast, deep team, led by improved
All-Arizona forward Pablo Rivas, who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds on
last year’s final four team.
4. Mesa Mountain View: Big man Payton Dastrup returns, this time
with much more guard help, led by Andy Sessions, who transferred in from
rival Mesa Red Mountain.
5. Gilbert: Usually a sleeper team to start season, this team is on
everybody’s radar with the return of 6-foot-8 center Truman Moore, point
guard Anthony Bryant and wing Spencer Nicolds.
6. Scottsdale Desert Mountain: The Wolves will miss rugged post
player Mark Andrews, who isn’t playing this season. But new coach Kurt
Keener will increase the tempo to warp speed with All-Arizona point guard
Rolando Rhymes back from a final four team.
7. Scottsdale Chaparral: The Firebirds could get a big inside boost
if football player Trevor Wood plays. For now, they’ll be guard heavy with
the return of Brandon Hoffer and Kenzo Nudo.
8. Mesa: Savvy team with guards Christian Harris
returning, along with 6-11 center Isaac Allen and 6-6 forward Felipe
9. Phoenix Sunnyslope: The Vikings have moved up a division, but
with 6-9 forward Michael Humphrey back, along with guard Navareio Holmes,
they can play with anybody.
10. Gilbert Highland: The Hawks figure to be in the mix with guard
Jake Toolson, a BYU commit, among the state’s top players.
MEET THE 2013-14
JACKRABBITS LISTED ON STATE'S TOP 50 FOR 2014 SEASON
top 50 high school boys basketball players in 2014 class -
By Richard Obert azcentral sports
Allen Mesa, C, 6’10”
RANK #17 - Made major
strides last season as an intimidating presence at both ends of the court.
He is just now starting to tap his potential as an enforcer.
Harris Mesa, G, 5’11
RANK #38 -
Smart, strong playmaker who is a solid
outside shooter. Not afraid to take the ball to the basket. Not a true
point guard, but he is developing. Competition against strong point guard
in national showcases elevate his game.
Tribune's top boys
hoops prospects in 2014
By Kyle Odegard, Tribune
Isaac Allen, C,
Credentials: Honorable mention
All-Tribune as a junior; averaged 8.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks per
Scholarship offer: Northern Arizona.
Verbal commitment: None.
Allen probably has the largest unfulfilled upside among East Valley
players. He is already an impressive shot-blocker, and at 6-foot-10 has
the height colleges crave. His offensive game is still raw, but Allen has
started to get more consistent with a nice jump hook. His biggest
attribute is his defense in the lane, although Allen needs to gain more
strength to avoid getting moved around by stronger post players. Allen has
good length and maneuverability, which is always intriguing to college
coaches. If he can string together an impressive next few weeks, he has
the chance to really improve his stock and receive more scholarship
HIGH ALUMNI WHO HAVE GONE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL -
Jackrabbit tradition is rich with All-State players, Player
of the Year winners and those that have gone on to excel at the next
level, including some that have played in professional leagues around the
world. They include David Van Dyke, Lee Cummard, Aaron Fuller, Graham
Hatch, Donte Medder, Michael Crowell and Hakeem Rollins. Read about these
former Jackrabbits on the
BASKETBALL RECORDS -
Check out the individual
game, individual season and individual career records on the