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Lute Olson Fantasy Camp: Championship Sunday

Championship Campers with coaches Pete Williams, Craig McMillan & Joe Turner. (Andy Morales/






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Dear Diary:

The good news is my team took fourth place!  The bad news is there were only four teams. Still, that’s a Top-10 finish no one can take away from us.

Pete Williams coached his third straight Lute Olson Fantasy Camp championship. Some called him “3 Pete” but I think he’s going for four next year.

We played our two playoff games this morning and then we took team photos and the coaches handed out some individual awards. Former Arizona player and current Houston Rockets assistant Matt Brase read a letter from his grandfather, Lute Olson. Lute’s daughter, Jody Brase was also introduced.

I may or may not be able to feel my legs, but this week was one of the best experiences of my life and I participated it two 5-Star camps in high school (back when I could almost dunk but could jump high enough to be dunked on). It was easy to see why Lute’s former players are successful coaches. They all know their stuff and they are great people.

I might play again next year if I can swing a knee, leg, hip and neck transplant. Seriously, this is the place to be if you are a serious fan of Arizona basketball.

All the former players said they can’t wait till next year and I’ll be there to welcome them.

(Andy Morales/


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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at

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