High School Rumors
After long days at Phoenix North Canyon High, solving advanced calculus equations, taking endless jump shots in the gym, JD Tsasa finds peace at the piano in his Glendale home. Only 14, still growing at almost 6 feet, 5 inches, a 7-foot wingspan, his long fingers carefully float across the keys, performing music he created from his heart, mixing the influences of Chopin and Bach and Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This is his escape, his hope for the future, as he confronts big decisions in his life. “I plan to be a professional musician and a professional basketball player,” Tsasa says.
He has received special instruction along the way from former Glendale Apollo All-Arizona guard Holland Woods’ dad, who has worked with two former Arizona Players of the Year — ex-Phoenix Shadow Mountain guard Michael Bibby and ex-Tempe Corona del Sol forward Marvin Bagley III. “He could play two more years, but I’m not going to do that,” Saamdi said. “He’s going to get bored.” Tsasa said high school has become more challenging. His ultimate goal? Playing in the NBA and at Carnegie Hall.
It started with an easy question about Ball’s high school basketball career. Hart: Did you play all four years in high school? Ball: I played all fo … well see high school only went from 10th grade. You don’t get four years. Hart: That was the perfect answer! Did you play all four years in high school? ‘Well I … (Mumbles)’ Ball: You only get three years in high school for us. Hart: What position did you play? Ball: Any position. You know a point guard told me: ‘Lavar, I’m the one to get you the ball.’ And you know what I told him? ‘I’m the one who gets the [expletive] rebound to get to you to give it to me.’
USA Basketball and the NCAA have invited 24 of the top prospects in the Class of 2019 to attend the Final Four in San Antonio and compete in events surrounding the college games, ZAGSBLOG has learned. The Next Generation Sunday Program will run March 30-April 1 in San Antonio.
“The NCAA has partnered with USA Basketball and the NCAA Academies to create a program that offers future student-athletes the experience of a lifetime,” reads a letter written by Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, that was sent to top Class of 2019 prospects and obtained by ZAGSBLOG. The program offers players an opportunity to have “a behind the scenes look at the Final Four from a player perspective, attend the games, be a part of engaging programming, play on the Final Four court and much more.” “The goal of this program is to expose you to one of the greatest sporting events in the world and give you an education that is tailored to future college players,” the letter ads. “We hope that the experience will benefit you during and after your time in college as a player, student and person.”
Earl K. Sneed: .@Dennis1SmithJr says @JohnWall has shown love since his high school days. “John’s a great player. Anybody that grew up in North Carolina, especially point guards, grew up looking up to him. Tonight, just come out here & do the same thing. Earn his respect by giving it my all.”
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving paid to renovate the gym, locker room and weight room at his old high school, according to Adam Zagoria. The Zags Blog shared videos of The Patrick School basketball players taking a tour of the new facilities. Coincidentally enough, Irving’s old high school team also calls itself the Celtics, which is why the halfcourt logo might make Boston fans smile: