All-Tribune First Team
Name School Pos. Yr. Comment
Casey Benson Corona del Sol G Jr. POY averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, led Aztecs to second. consec. state title
Dorian Pickens Pinnacle F Jr. Averaged 17.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals, shot 55 percent for Div. I runners-up
Paul Watson Paradise Valley F Sr. Averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 steals, shot 55% for Div. II champs
Payton Dastrup Mountain View F Jr. Big-time prospect averaged 18.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks
Jake Toolson Highland F Jr. BYU commit averaged 18.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals, shot 54%
Player of the Year: Casey Benson, Corona del Sol
Coach of the Year: Sam Duane, Corona del Sol: Led Aztecs to championship repeat despite roster overhaul, lower expectations following the graduation of three standout players.
All-Tribune Second Team
Name School Pos. Yr. Comment
Rolando Rhymes Desert Mountain G Jr. Cat-quick facilitator averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 assists, 2.1 steals for Div. I semifinalists
Jaron Hopkins Dobson F Sr. Colorado commit averaged 22.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, shot 49%
Tim Kempton Brophy F Sr. Averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds per game; committed to Lehigh
Jordan Howard Perry G Jr. Led East Valley in scoring at 25.6 points per contest, added 1.4 steals, shot 48%
Sam Jones Gilbert Christian F Jr. Averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds for D3 champs; shot 54% from field, 42% from outside
Arcadia: Calvin Outlaw, Jr., G; Basha: Maurice Kirby, Sr., F; Cactus Shadows: C.J. Davis, Sr., G; Campo Verde: Devante Walker, Sr., G; Chandler: Kameron Casey, Jr., F; Chaparral: Eric Conklin, Sr., F; Joe Boyd, Sr., F; Combs: Leroy Valentine, Sr., F; Corona del Sol: Bryan Siefker, Sr., G; Adam Gleave, Sr., F; Cassius Peat, So., F; Desert Mountain: Mark Andrews, Jr., F; Diego Magana, Sr., G; Will Goff, Jr., G; Desert Ridge: Hunter Thomas, Jr., G; Desert Vista: Greg Carter, Sr., G; Kyle Pitman, Sr., G; Dobson: Ryan Richardson, Jr., G; Hamilton: James Sosinski, So., F; Highland: Austin Witherill, Jr., G; Higley: Quinn Bailey, Jr., F; Gilbert: Conner Helvig, Sr., G; Truman Moore, So. F; Anthony Bryant, Jr., G; Gilbert Christian: Roberto Reyes, Jr. G; Keaton Ranger, Jr., G; Horizon: Jordan Esser, Sr., F; Marcos de Niza: Richaud Gittens, Sr., G; Devin White, Sr., G; McClintock: Ben Cuevas, Sr., G; Mesa: D.J. Henderson, Sr., G; Isaac Allen, Jr., F; Jalen Jenkins, So., G; Christian Harris, Jr., G; Mesa Prep: Matt Ginty, Sr., F; Mesquite: Zach Green Jr., G; Jordan Perry, Sr., F; Mountain Pointe: Khari Holloway, Sr., G; Chris Davis, Jr., F; Notre Dame: Nicky Sarandrea, Sr., G; Paradise Valley: Ryan Finley, Sr., G; Pinnacle: Drew Bender, Sr., G; Trey Ingram, Jr., G; Perry: Jake Mortensen, Jr., F; Poston Butte: Kyle Davis, Sr. G; Jalen Richard, Sr., G; Queen Creek: Blake Williams, Jr., G; Rancho Solano Prep: Jordan Shouse, Sr., G; Red Mountain: Travis Meeker, Sr., G; Andy Sessions, Jr., G; Saguaro: Ryan Berg, Sr., G; Mike Hauser, Sr., G; Scottsdale Christian: Clay Crookham, Sr., G; Connor Segneri, Jr., F; Scottsdale Prep: Ethan Wright, Sr., F; Matt Munsil, Jr., G; Seton Catholic: Jake Reuter, Fr., G; Skyline: Jordan Lee, So., G; St. Mary’s: Gavin Pearce, Jr., G; Tempe: Emanuel Gant, So., F; Valley Christian: T.J. Widner, Jr., F; Brandon Haagsma, Jr., G; Williams Field: Jonathan Bledsoe, Sr., G.
Memorable moments from the 2012-2013 season
Corona del Sol repeats: The Aztecs established themselves as legitimate contenders with an impressive showing at the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge in late December, and seemed to be rolling as the state tournament hit. However, the playoffs were anything but a cakewalk. Mountain Pointe almost knocked Corona del Sol out in the second round, and Millennium hung tough in the quarterfinals. The Aztecs put together an impressive showing in the semifinals to beat Desert Mountain and then rallied to beat Pinnacle for the title.
Gilbert Christian rolls again: The Knights went undefeated against Division III competition behind the dynamic duo of Sam Jones and Roberto Reyes. It was a second straight title for the prestigious program and the third in four years. Gilbert Christian defeated Valley Christian 60-48 in the championship game. The Tigers return Reyes, Jones and third-leading scorer Keaton Ranger next season when they move up to Division II.
Paradise Valley picks it up: Despite talk of parity in Division I, it was Division II which proved tougher to predict. Paradise Valley was a preseason favorite, but inconsistent much of the year. With Sunnyslope, Catalina Foothills, Sierra Linda, Salpointe Catholic, Shadow Mountain, Nogales, Sahuaro, Poston Butte and Saguaro all showing flashes of success, the postseason was a legitimate crapshoot. Paradise Valley found its groove at the right time, as the duo of Ryan Finley and Paul Watson led the Trojans to the title over Salpointe.
Pinnacle turns it on: After a loss to Chaparral on Jan. 11, the Pioneers were just 10-6 on the season and looking nothing like a potential state title contender. But the switch went on. Led by Dorian Pickens, Pinnacle won 17 games in a row to advance to the state championship game against Corona del Sol. The Pioneers controlled much of the contest but went cold at the end as the Aztecs squeaked out a 63-59 victory.