Boys Basketball Spotlight: Sahuaro Cougars

Conference: 4A 

Region: Kino

Head coach: Jim Henry (229-108, 13th season at Sahuaro and overall).

Assistants: Matt Botkin, Chris Wharam, Andre Bearder and Jordon Hale

Last Year: 19-7 (Lost in second round of state playoffs to Cactus)

Freshman guard Cisco Llamas (0) already has a triple-double this season in points, steals and assists (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)


  • 0 Cisco Llamas, G, Fr., 5’8″ 
  • 1 Jamaal McCraney, F, So., 6’2″
  • 2 Julian Yazon, G, Jr., 5’7″ 
  • 3 Titus Palmer Sr., 6’1″, 2V
  • 4 Spencer Kyte, G, Sr., 5’10” 
  • 5 Bryce Marine Bess, SG, Jr.
  • 11 Xander Rodriguez, G, Sr., 5’11”, 2V
  • 20 Anthony Buelna, G, Sr., 5’10” 
  • 21 Nick Ponds, F, Jr., 6’3″, 2V
  • 23 Erick Delgadillo, F, Sr., 6’1″, 2V
  • 24 Landon Pringle, F, Sr., 6’1″ 
  • 25 Andrew Demars, SG, So. 
  • 30 Jamal Ali, F, So., 6’6″ 
  • 32 Ayumu Lara, G, So., 6’1″ 
  • 33 Isaiah Aguiar, F, Sr., 6’3″, 2V

Noteworthy: Titus Palmer is a college prospect as a first-team all-region selection last year. … Cisco Llamas is the starting point guard as a freshman. He already has a triple-double this season — 12 points, 10 assists and 10 steals in a 68-45 win over Palo Verde on Nov. 25. He is averaging 14.4 points, 6.9 assists and 4.8 steals per game. … Henry has never had a losing season in his 13th year as a head coach at Sahuaro, where he was an assistant of legendary Dick McConnell.Nick Ponds is one of the top Class of 2024 talents in Southern Arizona averaging 10.9 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.

Coach’s comment: “This year’s team is a guard-oriented group that likes to push the tempo and get up shots quickly. Along with our returners, we are adding a lot of young talent from our sophomore and freshman class.”

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