San Diego looks to make statement at Section 7 Team Camp
Arizona will become the center of the high-school basketball universe this weekend as the latest installment of the Section 7 Team Camp takes place during the June High School "live period" weekend.
Section 7 has become a unique and important weekend for high school prosepcts, especially those who have bigger roles on their HS teams than they do on their respective travel programs. A strong weekend here has been known to change the trajectory of a player's recruitment.
Just ask Stanford F Brandon Angel, who saw his recruitment explode following a strong showing at the debut camp, or Kobe Sanders, who went from an relative unknown out of San Diego to a Division 1 prospect in the same weekend.
While it remains to be seen how much the transfer portal and the COVID-19 extra year has an impact on what coaches will do following the weekend, it's clear that with over 450 coaches scheduled to attend, the weekend is a huge opportunity for prospects.
San Diego sends a contingent of eight teams to the camp, and arguably the field's biggest name: San Ysidro G Mikey Williams. Here is a look at the teams, their respective standouts and a preview of what to expect from each of the programs.
Players to watch: Jake Hall, 6-3 2025 G; TJ Duckett, 6-2 2024 G; Cole Murray, 6-2 2023 PG; Tristan Guzman, 5-10 2024 PG
Bracket: AZ Sports and Entertainment Commission Bracket
First Game: vs Orem (UT), 6/17 at 3:30 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 1
Preview: The defending Division 1 champions have Open Division aspirations in San Diego this season, led by rising sophomore star Jake Hall, the first freshman to be named to the All-CIF team since Mikey Williams in 2019. The Lancers again will be undersized, but boast a deep and talented back court. Duckett is poised to be a breakout player in San Diego and Murray is a steady presence at the point.
Players to watch: Shea Fitzgerald, 6-2 2023 PG; Ryan Enos, 6-8 2024 F; Thomas Fleming, 6-2 2023 SG; Andrew Garcia, 5-7 2024 PG; Matthew Schilling, 6-6 2023 PF
Bracket: ServRx Juneteenth Bracket
First Game: vs Windward, 6/17 at 3:30 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 6
Preview: A surprise Open Division team last season, the Dons graduate leading scorer Jaden Lebel and two other starters, but still have a lot of talent. Fitzgerald narrowly missed All CIF honors as a junior and will lead a team, but lots of eyes will be on Enos, who had an impressive spring on the travel circuit. He'll need to carry that momentum into this weekend in a new role on the new look squad. Watch out for Garcia and Fleming, two players who had key roles in last year's rotation and will see their roles expanded on this team.
La Costa Canyon
Players to watch: Christian Brown, 6-5 2023 F; Ty Hendler, 6-3 2023 PG; Parker Jelsing, 6-1 2023 G; Trevor Ladd, 6-4 2024 W; Shane Perry, 6-5 2024 W
Bracket: Visual Graphx Bracket
First Game: vs Mojave 6/17 at 3:30 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 10
Preview: The Mavericks were on the cusp of the Open Division title game last season, falling to eventual champs St. Augustine by 1 point in overtime. This year, the Mavs figure to be in the mix once again, if their performance at the first SDSU Team Camp was any indication. They've got as prolific of a senior duo as you'll find in San Diego in Brown and Hendler. Hendler, a very underrated lead guard, nearly led the Mavs to the SDSU camp championship with Brown out on the final day. Jelsing and Ladd are both talented players who will see their roles expand this season. Perry is a talent, but has had a bad run of injuries. If he can stay healthy, he's yet another piece in a very potent group.
Players to watch: Charlie Hutchison, 6-7 2024 F; Gavin Giroaurd, 6-1 2024 G; Thomas Metcalf, 6-4 2024 F; Isaah Whitehurst, 6-1 2024 G; Marcos Korch, 6-2 2024 G; Atreju De La Cruz, 5-11 2025 PG; Charles Grebing, 6-4 2024 F
Bracket: Uniphore Bracket
First Game: vs Corona Del Sol 6/17 at 4:40 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 12
Preview: The Bucs played last week in the second session of Aztec Team Camp and looked poised to weather the departure of All-CIF guard Angelo Gil, who transferred to San Ysidro. This team gets it done by committee, and has a lot of young, talented pieces, starting with the versatile Hutchison, who at 15 years old looks poised to become one of the section's most improved teams. Under Cherry, the Bucs get after it on the defensive end, and this team is no different. Watch out for rising juniors Girouard and Whitehurst, who embody the no-nonsense mindset of their coach. This team looks to be a Top-10 team in San Diego.
Players to watch: Zane Goldman, 6-1 2023 G; Deuce Sims, 6-2 2024 G; Mazen el Bissat, 6-3 2024 SG; Derek Tuason, 5-9 2024 G; CJ Coleman, 6-4 2025 G; Elias Flaim, 5-9 2025 G
Bracket: Diamond King Construction Bracket
First Game: vs Valley Vista, 6/17 at 1:10 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 12
Preview: Like Mission Hills, San Marcos is rebuilding after the departure of an All-CIF guard, Yale-bound Devon Arlington, as well as the rest of the starting five of a team that was on the doorstep of the top seed of the Open Division before Arlington's late-season injury. The rebuild, however, appears to be ahead of schedule, thanks to the program's strong 2024 and 2025 groups. Coleman is the nephew of former NBA star Derrick Coleman, and Sims, Tuason and Bissat are coming off of a solid spring club season. Last week, the team went 7-1 to capture the lower division crown at the SDSU Team Camp, and they'll look to continue their strong play here.
Players to watch: Mikey Williams, 6-3 2023 G; Angelo Gil, 6-1 2023 G; Ty Ingram, 6-2 2026 G; Andrei Tovar, 6-8 2024 C; Saihaj Walia, 6-10 2025 C; Alex Cervantez, 6-7 2024 F
Bracket: City of Glendale Bracket
First Game: vs Jesuit, 6/17 at 7 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 9
Preview: Every conversation about the Border Boyz this season will revolve around the return of Williams, a five-star prospect who returns to the school where he won a CIF championship as a freshman in 2020. Williams, who recently stated he intends to play college basketball, will be one of the most watched prospects in the loaded field. San Ysidro has reloaded its roster around Williams, buoyed by the transfer of Gil, who was one of the section's top players at Mission Bay last season. Ingram, a freshman, is making a strong push for the region's top incoming freshman after his strong tournaments at the SDSU Team Camp. And Tovar, a returning starter from last year's team, is coming off of playing with Mexico's U18 National Team, where he posted modest numbers and looks improved from last year. Walia is an intriguing prospect from Australia who is more potential than production at this stage, but will have a lot of coaches watching. The team looks to make a big splash this weekend.
Players to watch: Jurian Dixon, 6-5 2023 W; Jaden Matingou, 6-3 2023 G; Lolo Rudolph, 6-1 2024 PG; Ian De La Rosa, 6-3 2024 G; Derrius Carter-Hollinger, 6-5 2023 W; Vincent Ricchuiti, 6-6 2023 W; Jaden Bailes, 6-0 2026 PG
Bracket: Fiesta Bowl Bracket
First Game: vs Eastside Catholic (WA), 6/17 at 3:30 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 9
Preview: The Saints sent a clear message at last weekend's SDSU Team Camp that they are still the Open Division champions until someone takes the crown. Bringing back the starting lineup from the Open Division title team will do that. Dixon might have more at stake than any prospect in San Diego's Section 7 contingent, as he has been on the verge of breaking into high major conversations after a prolific junior year that saw him named the Section's Player of the Year. But the team's other starters also have aspirations of a breakthrough weekend. Matingou, one of the section's breakout stars last year, is a solid two-way guard with near-elite athleticism and length. Rudolph made the All-Section first team as a sophomore, and feels underrated at this stage, as does his fellow sophomore De La Rosa, a defensive ace and sharpshooter, and Carter-Hollinger, a jack-of-all-trades swingman who has good basketball bloodlines. Watch out for Bailes, who, along with San Ysidro's Ingram, is in the early conversation for top 2026 prospect in the county.
Players to watch: JJ Bartelloni, 6-5 2023 SG; Alex Cabulio, 6-3 2023 G; Marc Delgado, 6-7 2024 F; Dylan Kail, 6-2 2024 G; Zach Jackson, 6-6 2024 WF; Cody Shen, 6-1 2025 G; Luke Sanchez, 6-2 2025 G; Zander Ovies, 6-1 2026 G
Bracket: ServRx Juneteenth Bracket
First Game: vs Sunrise Mountain, 6/17 at 12 p.m., State Farm Stadium Court 6
Preview: For the first time in a few years, Falcons head coach John Olive might be staring down the barrel of a rebuilding season. Fewer teams relied as much on a duo as the Falcons did on Boston University-bound Otto Landrum and senior Logan Huston. The players inheriting those roles are young and unproven. Bartelloni appears to be in line to be the team's leader, and will be looking to establish himself as one of the top rising senior shooting guards in Arizona. The rest of the team is decidedly blue collar: Ovies had some impressive moments in his first varsity action, as did Shen, who took over a game against Great Oak in the SDSU Team Camp. The team will need Cabulio to emerge as a force in his final year in order to keep pace with the county's elite.