Marana hoops standout Baylee Slaughter to play for Arizona Christian

Baylee Slaughter (Andy Morales/

All-Southern Arizona standout Baylee Slaughter (6-0) committed to play for Arizona Christian in Phoenix on Monday night. Slaughter helped lead the Tigers to a 22-5 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs last year while averaging 8.1 points a game.

“What this means for me and my family is that the late-night practices with my father on our dirt court at home, my little sister putting in work alongside me throwing me passes and getting my rebounds, and hours on the road traveling with my mom these past six years, is finally paying off,” Slaughter explained.

“We’ve put so much time into my basketball career that it’s very rewarding and a blessing to have this opportunity to continue playing the sport I love, especially since it’s close to home,” she added.

Slaughter plays AAU travel ball with the Tucson Rattlers.

“Baylee has worked so hard for the last two years, in the gym and in the weight room,” Rattlers head coach Chris Klassen said.

“She listens, processes and does any and everything asked of her. She is constantly working on her game. She comes early to practices and stays late after to get extra shooting and ball handling work in, she does personal training with my wife Katie at Amped Fitness twice a week and works out tirelessly at home. She is the definition of a gym rat. She is extremely dedicated and hungry to succeed. We are so happy for her and her family, it is much deserved.”


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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