University of Arizona & High School Hoops Connections


Pusch Ridge freshman Lucas Elliott towers on defense. Elliott is the nephew of Sewn Elliott. (Andy Morales/

Pusch Ridge freshman Lucas Elliott towers on defense. Elliott is the nephew of Sewn Elliott. (Andy Morales/

Sahuaro senior Sydney Harden is the granddaughter of former University of Arizona standout Gene Moore. Ironically, Harden is only 65 points away from passing Cashala Thompson as the leading scorer in Sahuaro history.

Thompson is the daughter of former Wildcat Harvey Thompson.

Catalina Foothills guard Nik Nehls is the son of former Arizona shooter Joe Nehls. Nik, along with his older brother Austin, are members of the Falcons All-Time Team.

Brooke Larson is a freshman point guard at Tanque Verde. Her grandfather is former Arizona coach Bruce Larson.

Pusch Ridge freshman center Lucas Elliott is not only already 6-foot-7, he is also the nephew of Arizona great Sean Elliott.

Salpointe junior guard Cameron Miller is the son of Arizona coach Sean Miller. Cameron’s older brother Austin played at Catalina Foothills before graduating in 2014.

Catalina Foothills junior guard Rhett Rodriguez is the son of Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez.

Besides, Cashala Thompson, Austin Nehls and Austin Miller, here are some noteworthy former Arizona connections:

Arizona center Anthony Cook’s daughters Mikaela and Vanessa Cook played basketball at Pusch Ridge. Mikaela finished up at Flowing Wells.

Haley Howell was an All-Star basketball player at Salpointe before moving on the dominate in volleyball in college. Her father is former Arizona tight end Glenn Howell.

Former Salpointe great Sybil Dosty is the daughter of Arizona standout Robbie Dosty.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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