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Salpointe Grad Majok Deng of Pepperdine One of Five Southern Arizona Basketball Players on Division I Rosters


Salpointe Catholic grad Majok Deng, a freshman at Pepperdine who is likely a redshirt candidate, will be on the Waves’ bench tonight when his team faces his hometown team, Arizona, in the John Wooden Classic.

Researching all the Division I rosters, 70 players who played in Arizona for high schools or prep academies are listed.

Former Salpointe wing player Majok Deng now a guard with Pepperdine

Deng, a guard who is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, is one of five players from Southern Arizona who are on Division I rosters.

The others, including two from Catalina Foothills High School:

Deion James, 6-8, 220, Sr., Empire — Washington State. He is averaging 2.6 points in five games with the Cougars after transferring from Colorado State. His college career started with Pima College.

Former Empire and Pima College forward Deion James of Washington State

Chaz Mack, 6-6, 210, Sr., Catalina Foothills — Cornell. He has played sparingly in four games.

Former Catalina Foothills guard Chaz Mack of Cornell

Chase Verdugo, 6-3, 174, Fr., Walden Grove — Southern Utah. He has played in one game, eight minutes with four points against Bethesda College.

Former Walden Grove guard Chase Verdugo of Southern Utah

Sam Beskind, 6-4, 193, Fr., Catalina Foothills — Stanford. He has played a total of 16 minutes in five games.

Former Catalina Foothills guard Sam Beskind of Stanford

Arizona will play this season against three of the schools of these players — Meng of Pepperdine, James of Washington State and Beskind of Stanford.

Deng has yet to play for Pepperdine (3-3). Lorenzo Romar, the former Washington head coach and Arizona assistant, has nine guards who are older than Deng on the roster. Deng is likely also adapting to the perimeter game in college after playing inside and outside for the Lancers.

Arizona’s lone player from the state is former Phoenix Pinnacle guard Nico Mannion, one of the best players in the state’s history. Mannion has been compared to Mike Bibby as one of the most influential point guards as a freshman at Arizona.

In terms of Bibby, the former Phoenix Shadow Mountain coach who is now at Hillcrest Prep at Phoenix, has six of his former players at Shadow Mountain (including his son Michael Jr.) on Division I rosters. Here’s a complete list:

Air Force

Nikc Johnson, 6-8, 195, Fr., Scottsdale Rancho Solano
Carter Murphy, 6-4, 190, Fr., Phoenix Arcadia

Appalachian State

Michael Bibby, 6-3, 175, Jr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain

Arizona

Nico Mannion, 6-3, 190, Fr., Phoenix Pinnacle

Arizona State

Micah Burno, 6-0, 180, Fr., Scottsdale Chaparral
Grant Fogerty, 6-0, 175, Sr., Scottsdale Desert Mountain
Jalen Graham, 6-9, 205, Fr., Phoenix Mountain Pointe
Jaelen House, 6-2, 160, Fr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain
John Olmsted, 6-10, 215, Fr., Morenci

Army

Miles Lightfoot, 6-9, 210, Fr., Gilbert Christian

Boise State

Marcus Shaver, 6-1, 185, Jr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain

BYU

Alex Barcello, 6-2, 180, Jr., Tempe Corona del Sol
Wyatt Lowell, 6-10, 205, Fr., Gilbert Williams Field
Jake Toolson, 6-5, 205, Sr., Gilbert Highland

Cal State Fullerton

Emmanuel Taban, 6-7, 171, Fr., Glendale Apollo

Central Arkansas

Jaxson Baker, 6-7, 200, Fr., Phoenix Brophy Prep

Cornell

Chaz Mack, 6-6, 210, Sr., Catalina Foothills

DePaul

Lyrik Shreiner, 6-3, 195, Sr., Phoenix Hillcrest Academy

Eastern Michigan

Darion Spottsville, 6-3, 195, Jr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain

Grand Canyon

Gabe McGlothan, 6-8, 220, Soph., Chandler Basha
J.J. Rhymes, 6-4, 200, Jr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain
Ethan Spry, 6-6, 200, Fr., Scottsdale Christian Academy

Idaho State

Tarik Cool, 6-4, 180, Jr., Phoenix Desert Vista
Malik Porter, 6-5, 205, Jr., Phoenix Cesar Chavez

Incarnate Word

Bryce Davis, 6-7, 215, Soph., Glendale Deer Valley

Jackson State

Geronimo Warner, 6-2, 185, Fr., Mesa Piney Woods Country Life

Kansas

Mitch Lightfoot, 6-8, 225, Sr., Gilbert Christian

Kansas State

Nigel Shadd, 6-9, 250, Soph., Chandler Tri-Christian Academy

McNeese State

Truman Moore, 6-8, 240, Soph., Gilbert

Montana State

Quentin Guliford, 6-6, 200, Soph., Peoria Liberty
Zach Hobbs, 6-5, 195, Fr., Mesa
Devin Kirby, 6-11, 210, Jr., Chandler Basha

Nevada

K.J. Hymes, 6-10, 210, Fr., Phoenix Hillcrest Prep

New Hampshire

Meek Payne, 6-8, 200, Soph., Chandler Arizona Compass Prep

Northeastern

Connor Braun, 6-9, 200, Fr., Chandler Valley Christian

Northern Arizona

Ajang Aguek, 6-8, 180, Fr., Glendale Ironwood
Chris Bowling, 6-7, 195, Sr., Gilbert
David Cummard, 6-0, 200, Soph., Mesa
Nik Mains, 6-8, 215, Soph., Phoenix Pinnacle
Cameron Satterwhite, 6-4, 172, Jr., Gilbert Christian

Oregon State

Payton Dastrup, 6-10, 240, Jr., Mesa Mountain View

Pacific

James Hampshire, 7-1, 242, Jr., Flagstaff

Pepperdine

Majok Deng, 6-5, 190, Fr., Salpointe Catholic

Portland State

Ian Burke, 6-5, 189, Soph., Phoenix Brophy Prep
Rashaad Goolsby, 6-7, 195, Sr., Phoenix Cesar Chavez
Trey Wood, 6-9, 195, Fr., Anthem Prep
Holland Woods, 6-0, 170, Jr., Glendale Apollo

Rice

Reed Myers, 6-1, 175, Fr., Scottsdale Christian Academy

Sacramento State

Bryce Fowler, 6-6, 195, Jr., Avondale Agua Fria
Grant Greabell, 6-3, 180, Soph., Goodyear Estrella Foothills

Saint Mary’s

Tommy Kuhse, 6-2, 180, Jr., Mesa Mountain View
Elijah Thomas, 6-5, 220, Jr., Peoria Sunrise Mountain

San Diego

Jared Rodriguez, 6-7, 205, Soph., Glendale Mountain Ridge

San Jose State

Christian Anigwe, 6-9, 190, Soph., Phoenix Desert Vista

South Dakota

Caden Hoffman, 6-0, 175, Fr., Scottsdale Rancho Solano

Southern Illinois

Trent Brown, 6-2, 175, Fr., Phoenix Pinnacle

Southern Miss

Isaiah Jones, 6-7, 234, Jr., Phoenix Shadow Mountain

Southern Utah

Andre Adams, 6-9, 230, Sr., Avondale Westview
Dre Marin, 6-0, 170, Jr., Glendale Apollo
Chase Verdugo, 6-3, 174, Fr., Walden Grove

Stanford

Sam Beskind, 6-4, 193, Fr., Catalina Foothills

UC Davis

Wesley Harris, 6-5, 210, Soph., Phoenix Desert Vista

UC Irvine

Jeron Artest, 6-3, 170, Fr., Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep
Emmanuel Tshimanga, 6-11, 275, Fr., Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep

USC

Noah Baumann, 6-6, 215, Jr., Phoenix Desert Vista

Utah

Timmy Allen, 6-6, 204, Soph., Mesa Red Mountain

Utah State

Klay Stall, 6-10, 245, Jr., Chandler Basha

Vanderbilt

Saben Lee, 6-2, 183, Jr., Tempe Corona del Sol

Washington State

Deion James, 6-8, 220, Sr., Empire

Weber State

Tim Fuller, 6-9, 235, Fr., Gilbert Highland


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