Tucson-area college athletes

Catching up with 51 Tucson-area standouts in men’s college hoops today


The following is a compilation of 51 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. … Former Sahuaro guard Nate Renfro, now at San Francisco, is one of four Cougars in the college ranks. 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. Rincon features three alums as well.

— Former Buena standout Marc Matthews, a senior at Montana State-Billings reached his 1,000th career point and hit the game-winning shot for the Yellowjackets on Thursday night against Alaska-Anchorage. The video:

— Pima 6’8″ forward Deion James, an Empire High School graduate, picked up scholarship offers this week from Colorado State and Fresno State.

The following is the list of Southern Arizona talent on college rosters.

DIVISION I

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

Out with knee injury this season after transferring from Lipscomb.

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

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

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

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

OTHER CLASSIFICATIONS OF FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS

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

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

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

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

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

Transferred from Northern New Mexico.

Gaberil Gaxiola, G, 5-9, 180, Fr., Tanque Verde, Central Christian College (Kansas)

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

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

Govan is member of Midland’s junior varsity team.

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

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

On a night he was honored pregame for surpassing 1,000 career points, Matthews celebrated postgame with teammates after scoring perhaps his biggest three. Matthews, a 6-foot-2 senior guard from Sierra Vista struggled shooting most of the game but came through when it mattered. It was the first game-winner Matthews could remember making. “Not like that,” he said to 406 MT Sports. “That felt really good. I didn’t have the best of shooting games, but maybe one of my better ones on the defensive end. To see that one go in at the end of the game, to win the game, felt really good.”

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for La Verne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JUNIOR COLLEGE

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

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

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Scottsdale.

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

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Pima.

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

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

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

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

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Cochise.

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

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

Listed on roster but has not played this season for Scottsdale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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