Tucson-area college athletes

Tracking Tucson-area hoops talent from NCAA Division I to junior college

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The following is a compilation of 50 players who graduated from Southern Arizona high schools who are now playing in college from NCAA Division I to junior college.

Noteworthy:

— Catalina Foothills has the most with seven who have moved on to the next level. Tucson Magnet High School is next with five.

— Falcons alum Austin Nehls, son of former Arizona guard Joe Nehls, scored a career-high 26 points for Central Connecticut State last week in an 83-60 loss at Fordham.

Former Catalina Foothills standout Austin Nehls is averaging 14.6 in 11 games with Central Connecticut State this season (Central Connecticut State photo)

— Former Sahuaro guard Nate Renfro, now at San Francisco, is one of four Cougars in the college ranks. A sophomore with the Dons, he is averaging 6.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Palo Verde also has four former players each who are on college rosters.

— Salpointe Catholic has three alums, including Arizona senior Talbott Denny, an Arizona player who tranferred from Lipscomb and is out this season with a knee injury.

— Cienega also has three alums on college rosters, highlighted by former guard Terrence Johnson who now plays for James Madison. His former Cienega teammates, guard Isaiah Murphy, averages 18.3 points a game for Pima. Rincon features three alums as well

— Other top performers include Pueblo’s Franky Teran of Antelope Valley (19.3 points per game), Palo Verde’s Ezini Ugbisien of Northern New Mexico (10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds), Salpointe’s Emilio Acedo of Pima (16.9 points), Nogales’ Adalberto Diaz of Tohono O’odham Junior College (15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds), Sunnyside’s Jacob Inlan with South Mountain Community College (20 points and 12.3 rebounds a game) and Empire’s Deion James of Pima (20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds).

Franky Teran is a senior at Antelope Valley (Calif.) after playing two years at Chandler-Gilbert Junior College following his Pueblo career (Antelope Valley newspaper photo)

— Teran is coming off a season last year in which he led all of NAIA in 3-point shooting percentage and earned All-America Honorable Mention. The senior guard poured scored 17.5 points per game while making 71-of-139 threes (.511). Teran was recognized as the California Pacific Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 12, 2016. He made 8-of-12 3-pointers and 11-of-16 overall from the floor, en route to a 38-point performance for the Pioneers in their win over Shepherd. Teran, who currently is fourth in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (4.125), also connected on all eight of his free throws and pulled down five rebounds in that game.

— Another Pueblo product — 6’5″ wing player Naquwan Solomon — is having a highly productive freshman season at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. He is averaging 18.3 points and 11.2 rebounds a game.

The following is the list of Southern Arizona talent on college rosters. The stats are through games of last night (Dec. 22). Check back for updates as the season progresses.

DIVISION I

Talbott Denny, F, 6-5, 215, Sr., Salpointe Catholic, Arizona

No stats. Out with knee injury this season after transferring from Lipscomb.

Terrence Johnson, G, 6-4, 195, Soph., Cienega, James Madison

[table “” not found /]

Austin Nehls, G, 6-3, 185, Soph., Catalina Foothills, Central Connecticut State

[table “” not found /]

Nate Renfro, F, 6-7, 186, Soph., Sahuaro, San Francisco

[table “” not found /]

Brendan Rumel, F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Rincon, Portland State

[table “” not found /]

OTHER CLASSIFICATIONS OF FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS

Aaron Ayres, G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Catalina Foothills, Caltech

[table “” not found /]

Andre Bearden, G, 6-1, 180, Jr., Sahuaro, Oakland City (Ind.)

No stats listed by Oakland City.

Charles Benson, F, 6-6, 228, Sr., Amphitheater, Minnesota Duluth

[table “” not found /]

Calvin Carmichael, F, 6-8, 235, Soph., Catalina Foothills, Embry-Riddle

[table “” not found /]

Cameron Foss, F, 5-10, 165, Fr., Pusch Ridge, Arizona Christian

Foss is part of Arizona Christian’s developmental team.

Quincy Gause, G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Palo Verde, Texas-Permian Basin

No stats available after transferring from Northern New Mexico.

Murphy Gershman, F, 6-5, 230, Sr., Tucson Magnet, Colorado Mines

[table “” not found /]

James Govan, G, 6-1, 160, Fr., Cholla, Midland (Neb.)

No stats available. Govan is member of Midland’s junior varsity team.

Dalton Groenewold, F, 6-6, 210, Soph., Catalina Foothills, Evergreen State (Wash.)

[table “” not found /]

Ben Louchheim, G, 5-10, 165, Jr., The Gregory School, Skidmore (N.Y.)

Listed on roster but has not played so far this season because of an injury.

Marc Matthews, G, 6-2, 185, Sr., Buena, Montana State-Billings

[table “” not found /]

Ryan McHenry, G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Catalina Foothills, La Verne (Calif.)

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for La Verne.

Kevin O’Brien, G, 6-5, 185, Soph., Sabino, Wesleyan (Conn.)

[table “” not found /]

Tyler Perleberg, G, 5-10, 185, Soph., Ironwood Ridge, Beloit (Wis.)

[table “” not found /]

Dakota Shear, G, 5-9, 175, Fr., Buena, Gallaudet (D.C.)

[table “” not found /]

Yusuf Shehata, G, 5-9, 175, Jr., Amphitheater, Point Loma (Calif.)

[table “” not found /]

Shawn Shoelter, F, 6-7, 250, Sr., Salpointe Catholic, Benedictine (Ill.)

[table “” not found /]

Eric Stark, F, 6-6, 200, Jr., Sahuaro, Ottawa (Kan.)

[table “” not found /]

Franky Teran, G, 6-4, 190, Sr., Pueblo, Antelope Valley (Calif.)

[table “” not found /]

Hasan Tucker, G, 6-1, 195, Soph., Rincon, Northern New Mexico

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Northern New Mexico.

Ezini Ugbisien, F, 6-4, 220, Jr., Palo Verde, Northern New Mexico

[table “” not found /]

JUNIOR COLLEGE

Emilio Acedo, G, 6-4, 190, Soph., Salpointe Catholic, Pima

[table “” not found /]

Isaiah Attles, G, 6-1, 180, Fr., Pueblo, Yuba City (Calif.)

Redshirting this season.

Jordan Berhend, F, 6-6, 170, Fr., Flowing Wells, Tohono O’odham

[table “” not found /]

Keegan Biggers, F, 6-6, 195, Fr., Tucson Magnet, Pima

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

Keven Biggs, G, 6-3, 195, Soph., Cienega, Pima

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

Demetrius Campbell, F, 6-4, 190, Fr., Catalina, Scottsdale

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Scottsdale.

Adalberto Diaz, F, 6-7, 180, Fr., Nogales, Tohono O’odham

[table “” not found /]

Davonte Eason, G, 6-3, 180, Soph., Tucson Magnet, Pima

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

Deondre Eason, G, 6-4, 165, Fr., Tucson Magnet, Pima

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

Jacob Inclan, F, 6-5, 200, Fr., Sunnyside, South Mountain

[table “” not found /]

Garrett Jackson, F, 6-6, 210, Soph, Buena, Cochise

[table “” not found /]

Deion James, F, 6-8, 205, Soph., Empire, Pima

[table “” not found /]

Dakota Kordsiemon, F, 6-3, 195, Soph., Catalina Foothills, Pima

[table “” not found /]

Chaz Mack, F, 6-6, 205, Soph., Catalina Foothills, Cochise

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Cochise.

James Molina, G, 6-1, 180, Soph., Sahuaro, South Mountain

[table “” not found /]

Marquise Moore, G, 5-10, 165, Fr., Catalina, Scottsdale

No stats. Listed on roster but has not played this season for Scottsdale.

Isaiah Murphy, G, 6-4, 195, Fr., Cienega, Pima

[table “” not found /]

Nick Orr, C, 6-10, 190, Soph., Thatcher, Eastern Arizona

[table “” not found /]

Dorian Paige, G, 5-9, 175, Soph., Palo Verde, Eastern Arizona

[table “” not found /]

Naquwan Solomon, G, 6-5, 195, Fr., Pueblo, Dean College (Mass.)

[table “” not found /]

Parker Trujillo, G, 5-10, 170, Fr., Tucson Magnet, Pima

[table “” not found /]

Cody Wilson, G, 5-10, 175, Soph., Benson, Cochise

[table “” not found /]

Thomas Wabaunsee, G, 5-11, 165, Fr., Rincon, Tohono O’odham

[table “” not found /]

DeeMari Young, F, 6-8, 210, Fr., Palo Verde, Scottsdale

[table “” not found /]

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