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The Arizona Select program is loaded with young talent this year. Having that talent on the roster is obviously great, but the “young” part will usually bring a few headaches.
“Overall I’m really happy with how they performed in the spring, but there was definitely a learning curve at first,” said program director Ben Boyd. “We have a lot of younger players, and a lot of new faces, so it was a challenge. We also played a rigorous schedule in the spring.
“At the end of the spring, we were super competitive with the best teams, so I would say that I was pleased and even a little surprised. We’re excited about July.”
A key July event for Arizona Select will come when they travel to Las Vegas will be for the Lake Las Vegas Classic, which will be played at the Westin Lake Las Vegas complex on July 10. The field in Nevada will be loaded with outstanding programs from around the country.
The elder statesman among the top Arizona Select prospects in 2017 standout Lauryn Satterwhite. The 5-8 point guard is currently listed as the No. 71 recruit nationally in her class by the All Star Girls Report. She has received a number of big time offers according to Boyd, and she is getting serious interest from women’s basketball powers like Stanford and Louisville.
“Lauryn is a player who really blew up in the spring,” Boyd said. “She is a heady player and a terrific ball handler, and she has the ability to perform well in just about any type of game. She goes to her left and her right equally well, she has a very good mid-range jumper, and she is a wonderful on-ball defender.”
Arizona Select has a tremendous group of players in the Class of 2018, including 5-8 wing Taylor Chavez.
“Taylor might be our best overall player,” Boyd said. “She is a very good shooter, and she is very good in the open court. She is fundamentally sound on both ends of the court, and she had some big scoring games for us this spring against some top line competition. She is starting to draw more and more interest from the BCS schools.”