These are grand times for basketball involving high school girls and college women in Tucson.
Pima College’s team went to the NJCAA Division II national tournament this year after capturing the regional title.
Arizona won the WNIT title at McKale Center earlier this month, drawing a sellout crowd for the championship against Northwestern.
In local girls high school hoops, standouts are earning scholarship offers, including to Division I schools.
Most recently is St. John’s offering a scholarship to Sahuaro forward Alyssa Brown and Sabino guard Kamryn Doty. Earlier this week, former Arizona assistant Morgan Valley, now the head coach at Hartford, offered Doty a scholarship. Doty, who will be a junior next season, already has offers from Jacksonville State and South Carolina State.
Doty’s Sabino teammates, Kiya Dorroh and Kam’Ren Rhodes, have also drawn attention from Division I coaches.
Rhodes, who will be a sophomore point guard in 2019-20, has an offer from Kentucky (former Arizona coach Niya Butts is an assistant there and has a background with Sabino coach Jaamal Rhodes, Kam’Ren’s father).
Dorroh, who will be a junior forward, has close to 15 Division I scholarship offers, including seven from Pac-12 schools, namely Arizona.
Brown, Doty and Kam’Ren Rhodes and other top local talent including Sahuaro’s Alyssa “Lucky” Franke, Salpointe’s Jaya Nelson and Marana’s Brianna Sealy are presently competing for AAU team AZ Supreme Hoops in the Deep South Classic in Raleigh, N.C.
More than likely, additional scholarship offers will take place after the showcase tournament is over.
An unofficial recruiting visit by Brown to Arizona this month was postponed after coach Adia Barnes lost Valley and another assistant, April Phillips (to Cal). Brown will reschedule the visit after Barnes fills her staff.
Count on a scholarship offer soon after. Brown had a scholarship offer from Grand Canyon before St. John’s offered.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.