Grand Canyon University men's basketball coach Russ Pennell has plenty of East Valley ties with high school kids, and is a big part of the school's quick transition as GCU becomes a Div. I university next year.
Grand Canyon senior Steve Morin (Saguaro H.S.) goes up for a shot during a Dec. 14, 2012 game against Montana State-Billings at the Grand Canyon University Arena.
Grand Canyon University guard Josh Lowery, who played his high school basketball at Desert Vista, goes up for a shot during a game against Montana State-Billings on Dec. 14, 2012.