Southwest Showcase Labor Day 14U CHAMPIONS

September 3, 2007
     The 14U AZ Future- ALL CITY team stepped up their game on Sunday sending 14U Desert Storm back to Tucson with a loss. They then controlled the tempo and dominated an older & bigger 14U Phoenix West team in the Championship.  This was a great combination of all around players that brought home the 14U Championship.   The team consisted of 13U players: Gaven, Gilbert & Drew along with 14U players Evan, AJ Hess, Dylan, Cooper M., Carson & Nolan.  Congratulations to the boys on a great weekend.

Arizona Future basketball.......This is where the magic happens!!!

   13U Arizona Future- Gold win their 8th ABL Championship in 9 seasons,  the team went undefeated at 10-0 this season.  They won big in the championship beating the AZ Blaze by 20+ and it was a total team effort as they were without star big man Gaven DeFilippo.  Everyone contributed in the Championship season: Drew, Gaven, Gilbert, Justin, John, Matt, Andy, Will and Tyler. 
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Back row: JORDAN W. Jordan L, Brick, Drew Chase
Front row: Alec S., Justin D., Nicky S., Jake O.    
Its a busy weekend for the AZ Future teams this weekend as we have ABL playoffs and will also have 6 teams playing in SW Showcase tournament in Phoenix.  We are also preparing for the Las Vegas Vision Sports tournament as well as the rest of the upcoming tournament season.
  2008 Arizona Future- Purple Storm ABL team picture
  Congratulations to the 11U Arizona Future team on their win in the Just4Hoopin tournament.  The boys finished up the weekend undefeated and won the Championship in a blowout.  Congratulations to Andrew Arvizu, Michael Donnelly, Joey Cipolletti, Trey Hoebee, Noah Kirkendoll, Amit Anavi, and Kenzo Nudo.
Congratulations to the 13U Arizona Future team on their win in the Just4Hoopin tournament.  The boys played well all weekend and this was a total team effort on the defensive side of the ball.  Congratulations to Drew Bender, Jordan Williams, Gilbert Gomez, Matt Lauer, Jacob Lestina, Trevor Wick, John Raynak, Andy Raynak, Zack Price & part time player Jack Daley. Jordan Williams and Jack Daley are not in the team picture above.
Congratulations to the 9U,10U,11U Arizona Future team on their strong showing in the Just4Hoopin tournament.  The boys finished up the weekend with a big win on Sunday.  Congratulations to Holland "BooBoo" Woods, Bryson "PeeWee" Mewhinney, Tyler Mewhinney, Raina Perez, Jeff Perez, Ibe Okwoli, Elijah Smith, Justin Stout.
     Congratulations to the 12U Arizona Future team on their 3rd place finish in the Just4Hoopin tournament.  The boys only loss all weekend was to Team AZ by 2 points.  They finished up the tournament with a 30+ point win over the Arizona Gold .  Congratulations to Jordan Menzies, Nick Kirkendoll, Shane Cooper, Luis Rodriguez, Dominic Gracyalny, Tanner Nelson & Onuche Okwoli.
   The 14U Arizona Future team let one get away during Championship bracket play in the Just4Hoopin tournament.  This 14U Arizona Future team will continue to improve and win many more games in the future.  Congratulations to Jarvis Woods, Mitch Manor, Stephen Staats, AJ Hess, Mitchell Poppe, Kenny Martin, Nolan Bidese, Uriel Vizcarra, Dell Oliver, Drew Bender & Gilbert Gomez.

Danielle's Hip Hop Crew wins USA GOLD MEDAL

August 21, 2008
This is the link to the performance that Danielle's Hip Hop group the PREOMATICS did in Los Angeles this past weekend.  Whoever taped it missed the first 20 seconds of the dance, but it is still a pretty good video!
They opened up for the JABBAWOCKEEZ who won America Best Dance Crew in the first season.  They are trained and work with AUTOMATIC RESPONSE who also competed on America Best Dance Crew and they all train out of DIVERSE ELEMENTS DANCE STUDIO in Phoenix
Click on this link to view a part of their performance in L.A.

Sasha Vujacic "The MACHINE"

LA Laker's Sasha Vujacic "The MACHINE" this is a You Tube link and it is FUNNY there are several different ones but they are all hilarious. Click here
Holland "Boo Boo" Woods
Drew Bender
Cody March
  14U Arizona Future-Gold win MLK tournament with win over Team AZ in a close battle.  Check out results at\just4hoopin
Drew Bender going hard to the hoop against the AZ Sting.  The team was led by Drew Bender, Dionte Thompson &Trey Ingram but this was a total team effort from all Matt Lauer, Dominique Cleveland, Bryce Frintner, Kendrick Nickels, Justin Dombrowski, Brent McFarlane, Sean Deacon.  Congratulations to all the Arizona Future teams that played in the MLK tournament.

10U Arizona Future-Legends win March 2009 Southwest Showcase tournament

 Congratulations to the 10U Arizona Future-Legends for winning  the March 2009 Southwest Showcase.  Nice job as they played shorts handed and went undefeated in winning.  Congratulations to Holland "Boo Boo" Woods, Raina Perez, Jeff Perez, Patrick Donovan, Abel Navarrette, Joey Angel, Darian Rodriguez, Vean Simon, Angelo McDonald.

Ron Coleman Basketball Analyst

The Southwest Showcase Summer Championships 16U Division was filled with several top-notch teams. For those who have been tracking the 16U age division this year, the top teams have been Team AZ, 3G Hoops, Team M'Phasis and the Arizona Future..
.                      The Arizona Future won the 16U Silver division led by incoming
Drew Bender (Pinnacle), and the ever improving and talented Kenny Martin (Amphi, 2012). Martin is considered the top young big man in the state after his performance in the Spring Championships.

AZ Future 16U

  We are holding tryouts and having signups for the 2009 Arizona Future club teams that will play in AAU Competitive league as well as tournaments this upcoming year. Looking for a NEW team that will challenge you and a make you a better basketball player. Contact Coach Ron Bender at 480.575.5653 and set up a tryout/practice date to attend.
Pinnacle Varsity Boys Basketball which team has many players that play for the Arizona Future club team in the off season. Drew Bender is the standout freshman that has made his impact and will continue to be a leader for 4 years at Pinnacle. The future is bright with returning sophmores Cody McDavis, Kevin Bowman & juniors: Quentin Hughes, Scott Manecke, Jordan Wyrock.  This team consists of mostly seniors led by Nate Murdock, TJ Becker, Isaac Gilles, Danny Dzedic, Ryan Buck, Jake Klima, Zack Brown, Steve Sherant.

U16 Arizona FUTURE- All City Team Wins Championship at Starvision's Center Stage and makes Strong Showing in 17U Las Vegas Fab 48

Special thanks to All Arizona Future players and families for their support. This tournament featured top talent from the west coast and the U16 Arizona Future- ALL City team played better and better as the tournament went on.

   The tournament started early Thursday and had us playing against the E Time Hoops (CA) we arrived late from another game in the Las Vegas Fab 48 17U game and got off to a slow start and lost their first game.  Then we played Hope 2 (NM) and rolled to a 20+ point blowout where everyone played and contributed.
   The third game found the boys settling into a Championship groove. We played the One Pass Ahead and took care of business ending that game in strong fashion.  Led by Drew Bender, Greg Carter, Jarvis Lewis and Kenny Martin on the defensive side of the ball, Micah Rentrope added great scoring punch in the starting lineup, Cole Waldren and Xavier Smith gave great energy and defense when they were on the floor.  Aaron Braude well he did what he always does and gave 100% effort on defense and knocked down some big shots from outside too. 
   In the PLATINUM Championship bracket the 16U Arizona Future desposed of #1 seed EW Elite Blue (WA) and then took care another #1 seed E Time Hoops (CA) and avenged their loss in pool play to E Time Hoops.  In the Championship game the 16U Arizona Future- All City team finished the week long goal and defeated the 3D Ballers (CA).  Drew Bender led the team in scoring, Jarvis Lewis & Kenny Martin dominated inside and on the glass and Greg Carter handled the point to perfection.  Greg Carter dished out the assists to the BIG 3 Kenny, Jarvis & Drew as they all averaged double doubles on the week.
Moving the ball well and playing our game were the key to the team's victory, and it was pretty to watch. This was team ball at its finest and it shows how chemistry is so important towards winning a Championship.

Congratulations to Drew Bender, Jarvis Lewis, Greg Carter, Kenny Martin, Cole Waldren,  Xavier Smith, Aaron Braude, Cody March, Bryce Frintner, AJ Navarrette, Dakota Jett and leaving early because tournament went until Monday were Justin Dombrowski, Micah Rentrope, BJ Freeman and Eddie Little.

For additional information please contact, Ron Bender 480-575-5653 or

    The 17U Arizona Future shocked Westwind Prep Academy, a top ten nationally ranked prep school and the most talked about H.S./club team in Arizona, to capture top prize in the Southwest Showcase Labor Day Classic 17u Platinum Division.  The Arizona Future was undefeated going into Sunday’s championship game, but were clearly the underdogs against the highly talented and scouted WPI team.  It seemed like Westwind was going to dominate jumping out to a 25-7 lead early in the first half, however instead of just bowing down the young AZ Future team showed fearless determination and slowly began to chip at the lead late in the first half. 
        Fifteen year old Drew Bender, a sophomore at Pinnacle High School, showed why he is one of the top prospects of the class of 2013 by leading his team to victory with 30+ points, including 7 three pointers, while posting a triple double in the process.  Big man Kenny Martin, the highly scouted junior from Kellis was a monster with two hellacious dunks and filled the stat sheet with a double double and six blocks.  Rounding out the “big three”  was Highland’senior point guard Nick Sanchez who posted double figures and was perfect from the line late in the game.  The physical play of Jordan Weyrauch,  a senior at Pinnacle,  was huge as he pulled down 12+ rebounds as well as adding 6 points and two steals. 
     Coaches Holland Woods and Ron Bender couldn’t have been more proud of their boys.  It was a total team effort along the way to the championship and each player took their turn coming up big for us.
     Sophmore Edgar Sarmiento was the dominant force in the our semi-final win against Jump Athletic, juniors Devin Foster and Aaron Braude gave us intensity and spark in our Saturday victories and sophmores A.J. Navarette and Gilbert Gomez came up big with clutch shots and great assists throughout the weekend.  Even with the win, the AZ Future was missing key players including sophomore point guard Greg Carter.  Starting power forward Jarvis Lewis was sidelined due to Kellis Varsity football but was there to motivate and support.  This team may be young, but their 74-65 victory over Westwind Prep is clear proof that the Arizona Future is a team to keep on your radar for the next few years.


Small Forward
CLASS: 2013
Grading Scale
  • Phoenix, AZ Hometown
  • Pinnacle High School
  • 6'5"Height
  • 180 lbsWeight

ESPN Player Evaluations

Bender is a multi-skilled wing-type that can play all three perimeter positions at this level. He has good quickness, speed, and he is bouncy as well. He handles the ball well in the open court and can dish out the nifty assist. His jump shot is solid as well and he does a great job of slashing to the rim. He plays hard at both ends and he appears to always trying to make the right basketball play for his team to win. Overall, he has a high basketball IQ and a willingness to make plays at crucial times of the game.
Bender is a good athlete (not great) with decent bounce and quickness, but he may struggle guarding quicker 2's and 3's at the next level. He needs to improve his defensive stance and bend his knees more as he needs to do a better job of keeping his man in front of him. Offensively, we're not sure what position he'll be at the next level, but he does have the skills to be a point forward type.
Bottom line:
Overall, Bender has an advanced skill set and is quite mature for only a sophomore. Thus, it will be interesting to see how his game evolves in the coming seasons. He can hit shots from anywhere and he loves to attack in transition. In addition, his passing prowess is impressive as well. He is definitely one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2013 in Arizona.


West Coast Fall Showcase Day 2 Recap of the "SUPER POOLS", Semi Finals & Championship Game.

By: Jeff Meadows


The 1st Semi Finals game of the “SUPER POOLS” AZ STARS 15U vs AZ FUTURE 16U.

As the “SUPER POOLS” pool play ended, the four teams that advanced to the semi finals were very eager to get the semi finals under way. In pool A you have the AZ STARS 15U. The AZ STARS 15U is a storied program that happens to be one of about 36-38 programs throughout the United States that has a Nike contract. This AZ STARS 15U team finished their spring/summer being ranked at the # 15 spot nationally. This AZ STARS 15U team is “STACKED” from 1-12 they can easily go that deep & not miss much of a beat. The AZ STARS 15U are led by Rolando Rhymes, Dorian Pickens, Roberto Reyes, Sam Jones, Zylan Cheetman, Deron Kyle, Gino Littles, Ahmed Levon, Pablo Rivas, etc. The AZ STARS 15U defeated the Tucson Heat #5 & Oregon St. (team of free agents) on their road to the semi finals & they would face the #1 team in pool B, the AZ FUTURE 16U. The AZ FUTURE 16U is a talented, well rounded team that has all of the makings to be a team that must be accounted in any tournament they play in. The winners of pool B the AZ FUTURE 16U, who on their way to the semi finals defeated the Tucson Heat #4 & TEAM P.R.E.P. to win their pool. The AZ FUTURE 16U is led by 5’10 court savvy (PG) Eddie Little, 6’4 (F) Cody March, 6’1 (CG) Will Donovan and 5’9 (PG) Trey Ingram etc.


Let’s take a look at both the “AZ STARS 15U” & the “AZ FUTURE 16U” roster.

 AZ STARS 15U Coach: Don Pickens & James Parker

Deron Kyle 5’8 (PG) Deer Valley 2014

Gino Littles 5’8 (PG) Chaparral 2014

Rolando Rhymes 5’10 (PG) St Mary’s 2014

Christian Harris 5’10 (G) Mesa 2014

Roberto Reyes 6’3 (W) Gilbert Christian 2014

Ahmad Levon 6’4 (F) North 2013

Dorian Pickens 6’5 (W) Pinnacle 2014

Geoffrey Vredevoogd 6’5 F/C Perry 2014

Sam Jones 6'6 (W) Gilbert Christian 2014

Pablo Rivas 6’6 (F) Chavez 2014

Zylan Cheetman 6’6 (W) St. Mary’s 2014               

Mark Andrews 6’6 (F) MT. Ridge 2014




AZ FUTURE 16U Coach: Ron Bender

Justin Dombrowski 5’8 (PG) Brophy 2013

Trey Ingram 5’9 (PG) Pinnacle 2014

Trey Hoebee 5’9 (PG) Apache Elem 2015 

Eddie Little 5’10 (PG) Queek Creek 2013  

Uno Ekpoh 5’10 (PG) Sunrise 2014

Tyler Dilyard 5’10 (PG) Boulder Creek 2012            

Jack Daley 5’11 (PG) Cactus Shadows 2013            

Will Donovan 6’0 (G) Pinnacle 2014

Matt Lauer 6’1 (CG) Horizon 2013             

Cody March 6’4 (F) Sandra Day O'Connor 2013

Bryce Frintner 6’4 (F) Pinnacle 2013



On paper, the AZ STARS 15U looked like the odds on favorite but having said that, no one thought that the AZ FUTURE 16U would have finished 1st in their pool either but that’s why we play the game. Now the moment that we’ve all been waiting for, the semi finals of the “SUPER POOLS” the AZ STARS 15U vs the AZ FUTURE 16U, let the games begin.


The game: AZ STARS 15U vs AZ FUTURE 16

The gym was packed, the players, excited as everyone began to stuff into the main gym to watch a very good match up for the 1st Semi Final game of the “SUPER POOLS” Championship. Once the game got started, the AZ STARS 15U came out fast & hard as they took an early commanding 16-4 lead. Rolando Rhymes the 5’10 (PG) of St. Mary’s 2014 spearheaded the charge with his constant penetration & getting to the basket. Dorian Pickens the 6’5 (W) also was very effective in the early going. Eddie Little the 5’10 (PG) was a very bright spot for the AZ FUTURE 16U  as he did some penetrating & kicking out to the (W) for the open shot & playing solid defense. The AZ FUTURE 16U fought back to close the gap to 28-24 at the half.


In the 2nd half, the AZ FUTURE 16U looked as if they were going to make a big run to take the lead behind the solid play of Cody March 6’4 (F), cut the lead to 43-39 but that was as close as they would get as the AZ STARS 15U would close out the victory 59-46. The ENTIRE AZ STARS 15U team looked great in the victory. The AZ STARS 15U were led by Rolando Rhymes 19pts 3assist & 5 steals, Dorian Pickens added 16pts 8rebs & 3assist, Roberto Reyes added 13pts & 10rebs. & for the AZ FUTURE 16U 5’10 (PG) Eddie Little who scored a team high 13pts & 6assist, Cody March 6’4 (F) added 12 pts & 8 rebs & 5’10 (CG) Will Donovan chipped in 11 pts 4 rebs. With the win the AZ STARS 15U moved on to the Championship game of the West Coast Fall Showcase “SUPER POOLS”. “We stayed consistent all game” said AZ STARS 15U coach Don Pickens “We played well on both ends of the court”. “We missed a couple of easy baskets down the stretch which ended up costing us in the end” said AZ FUTURE 16U coach Ron Bender. The AZ STARS 15U advanced to the finals to play the winner of the next game Tucson Heat #3 vs True Ballerz.

Congratulations to JARVIS LEWIS on being named to 1st team ALL STATE FOOTBALL TEAM by ARIZONA REPUBLIC
click on link below to bring up complete ALL STATE teams

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    Elite 8 Top Prospects 

    *    Shakir Smith (Tucson Heat)                   2011    6-1    Tucson High (AZ) - The best scoring point guard that you have never heard of on the West Coast.  He scored 30 points in the first half in a loss to the Compton Magic in the semi-final game on Championship Sunday.  He has an unbelievable motor that doesn't stop on both ends to go along with a deadly jumpshop on the move or stationary.  Good passer that can run a team as well.  Will be the hottest available point guard prospect during the late summer signing period.
    *    Ben Carter (Las Vegas Lakers)               2012    6-9    Bishop Gorman (NV) - The most underrate skilled versatile post player in the country.  Underrated and underappreciated.  The Rodney Dangerfield in high school basketball.  This guy has the whole package on both ends of the floor and can play anywhere in the country.  A blue collar grimey mentality to go along with big time skill set on the post and the perimeter.  Not ranked top 100 on Rivals but is a top 50 national talent for sure.
    *    Kenny Martin (Arizona Future)                2012    6-9     Kellis (AZ) - Slender big  that is really athletic and pretty skilled from the perimeter.  Should be getting recruited by mid majors all over the country and should be on all high major schools radar.  Really active on both ends.  Diamond in the rough that has huge upside with no ceiling.
    *    Drew Bender (Arizona Future)   2013   6-4    Pinnacle (AZ) - Big time student who can literally play 4 positions on the floor.  IQ guy on the floor that has some flare to make his game real unique.  Can shoot the 3 and handle the ball.  Can guard the 4 and play the point.  Mr. Versatility.
    *    Bryce Alford (Danny Granger Hurricanes)   2013    6-3    La Cueva (NM) - Right there with Cullen Neal for top 2013 player in the state
    of New Mexico.  Can stroke the deep 3 ala his pops Olympian Steve Alford and has legitimate point guard floor game.  Game is already more advanced than his older brother who had D-1 offers but chose to stay at home and play for his father at New Mexico.


    July "Live" Schedule for 2011: 
           ARIZONA FUTURE/ACES team roster will feature players like:

         DREW BENDER 6'5" Combo guard, Pinnacle High 2013, YOU TUBE Highlights
         KENNY MARTIN 6'10" Wing, Kellis High 2012,  check YOU TUBE Highlights
         DEVIN NELSON 6'3" Wing, Pinnacle High 2012,  check YOU TUBE for Highlights
         JARVIS LEWIS 6'6" Power Forward, Chaparral High 2012, YOU TUBE Highlights
         GREG CARTER 5'9" Point Guard, Desert Vista High 2013
         JOSH BRAUN 6'5" Wing, Boulder Ceek High 2013 
         JOE BOYD 6'9" Center, Chaparral High 2013
         RYAN BERG 5'10" Point Guard, Saguaro High 2013
        SAM ESPOSITO 5'8" Point Guard, Chaparral High 2013
         ERIC CONKLIN 6'6" Center, Chaparral High 2013
    July 6-9 Double Pump Summer Tip- Off
    CSU Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
    July 9-10 Pangos Summer Sweet 16
    Cabrillo High School (Long Beach, CA)
    July 11-13 Fullcourt Press All West Camp Presented by Pangos

    Cabrillo High School (Long Beach, CA)

    July 14-15 CREAM of the CROP Presented by Pangos

    Cabrillo High School (Long Beach, CA)
    July 22-25 Fab 48
    Las Vegas
    July 27-28 Duel in Desert
    Gilbert, AZ
    Mesquite High School
    Originally Published: July 11, 2011

    California tournaments recaps

    Francisco By Joel Francisco
    ESPN Recruiting

    Here is a look at some of the players who stood out during the Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach, Calif., and the Double Pump Tip-Off in Los Angeles over the weekend.

    Drew Bender (Phoenix/ Pinnacle)
    2013, SG, 6-4, 190 pounds
    Bender is one of the better combo guards out west. He has a solid frame with good length and tremendous savvy. His jump shot is smooth, and he gets great lift on it as well. He doesn't possess great quickness, but he is exceptional in transition where he nailed a number of jump shots and handed out quite a few assists. The bottom line -- he is a winner.



    Breakout players

    Kenny Martin (Glendale, Ariz./Raymond Kellis)
    2012, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds
    After watching Martin, it's no surprise Arizona State, Syracuse, Saint Mary's, USC, Nevada and Oregon State are intrigued by the athletic 4-man. His length, bounce and ability to knock down the 18-foot jump shot are impressive, and he is just scratching the surface of his potential. With added strength and continued skill work, he has the makings of a certain top-100 prospect in the country.


    • In addition to Martin and Bender, the Arizona Aces also received outstanding performances from a slew of 2013 prospects from the same high school (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) in 6-8 Joe Boyd, 6-4 Josh Braun and 6-5 Eric Conklin.

    Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.

    IT IS June 6th and the 2017 ARIZONA FUTURE CLUB BASKETBALL SEASON has started. 
    Right now we are having TRYOUTS for ALL AGES groups for ARIZONA FUTURE teams 9U- 17U, we do have several teams looking to complete their rosters. OUR GIRLS PROGRAM (ALL AGES) IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE STATE.
    Call now to set up a tryout 480-575-5653. 

    The Arizona Future has a year round program of working on basketball fundamentals, lots of scrimmages, tournaments, conditioning, speed training, weight lifting and just teaching an overall understanding of the game of basketball.  If you are wanting more then all your friends that play club basketball, the Arizona Future Basketball Club is the place for you. 
    Please call coach Ron Bender and find out more information.
    The Arizona Future AAU basketball program will  hold tryouts and will be adding new talented players to the organization, please contact Coach Ron Bender to set up a tryout date 480-575-5653.  We are always looking for competitive basketball players who are looking for a year round Club team that plays in leagues and tournaments.  Please go to the Contact Info tab and send an email to Coach Ron Bender to schedule a tryout.  
           The Arizona Future AAU basketball program includes teams for girls and boys from
    ages 6– 23.  Each season teams are selected based on an open tryout,
    therefore all potential candidates are invited. The foundation of the program is a commitment to teaching fundamental basketball skill development and knowledge of the game. With a talented, experienced, and dedicated roster of volunteer coaches, the Arizona Future will enhance your basketball experience and love for the game in an environment of positive reinforcement and fun. The Arizona Future is a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization that gives the Arizona youth a chance to play club basketball and develop their game all the way through High School and into College.




    Arizona Future - Gold win first AAU tournament of 2006-2007 season

    Arizona Future team goes to Hawaii and brings back a World Championship

    We took our team over to Hawaii to play in the World Youth Basketball Tournament on the Big Island of Hawaii.  It was a great time for all of us and we really want to Thank Christy & Scott Gladstone for all of their hospitality while over in Hawaii.  The tournament is top notch and teams who participated showed great sportsmanship and the true essence of playing hard but with class.
     Our team represented Arizona well going 5-1 on the week and winning the Boys Junior Championship against a much older Island Heat team.  We played against teams from all over including Guam.  Most of the time we played teams that had taller, stronger and older boys and we elevated our game to compete and eventually beat them.  Congratulations to Drew Bender, AJ Navarrette, Justin Dombrowski, AJ Hess, Greg Carter, Will Barfield, Nolan Bidese & Abel Navarrette on a great team effort in Hawaii.
       It was a week of basketball and a vacation that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.  I have posted a bunch of pics on the photos tab on the homepage.  Below is a list of all the NBA & College players who have played in this tournament since 1999. 
    Yes, this is a TRUE 2007 National  World Championship for the Arizona Future.

    * Attention WYBT Alumni players and coaches!
    Please let us know WYBT alumni who are playing NCAA ball.




    WYBT Alumni NBA



    WYBT 1999

    • Nick Grant - Fairfax Stars/Boys 14U - Drake University, IA
    • Mario Chalmers - Alaska Tarheels/Boys 14U - Kansas
    • Jarrett Jack - Maryland Stallions/Boys JV - Georgia Tech
    • Kelly Nye - Kentucky/Girls HS - JSU Gamecocks - Alabama
    • Erica Pollock - Capitol Comets/Girls HS - St. Joseph's University
    • Samatha Williams - Capitol Comets/Girls Junior HS - Central Connecticut
    • Charetta Oliver - Capitol Comets/Girls Junior HS - Florida A&M
    • Chris Prince - Maryland Stallions/Boys JV - Radford
    • Derrick Low - Iolani High School/Boys Varsity - Washington State
    • Brad Anderson - Iolani High School/Boys Varsity - Santa Clara
    • Cord Anderson - Iolani High School/Boys Varsity - Santa Clara
    • Julian Sensley - Puna Pistons/Boys Varsity - University of Hawaii
    • Chris Devine - Alaska Tarheels/Boys 14U - UC Santa Barbara

    WYBT 2000

    • Beau Green - Kentucky/Boys Varsity - Stamford University
    • Tremaine Davis - Pittsburg Pirates/Boys Varsity - San Diego State University
    • Andrew Bogut - Southern Sabres, Australia, Boys JV, University of Utah & Player on the 2004 Australian Olympic Team

    WYBT 2001

    • Clint Gulley - San Francisco Smart Set Boys/Boys Varsity - Southern Idaho
    • Donte Sawyer - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - Southern Idaho
    • Amanda White - Carolina Storm/Girls HS - Clemson
    • Chris Adams - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - Fresno State
    • Jason Hill - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - Washington State
    • Marquis Kately - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - California
    • Tiffany McKneely - San Francisco Smart Set/Girls HS - San Jose St.
    • Brett Ruben - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - University of San Francisco
    • Michael Travis - San Francisco Smart Set/Boys Varsity - Jackson St.
    • Katie Cummings - DC IV/Girls HS - Wichita State
    • Shaun Green - Utah Magic/Boys 13-14 - University of Utah
    • Sam Wilhoite - Windward Stars/Boys 13-14 - McLennan Community College
    • Brayden Bell - Utah Magics/Boys 13-14 - Ohio State University
    • Joe Darger - Utah Magic/Boys 13-14 - UNLV

    WYBT 2002

    • Dwight Howard - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Orlando Magic (#1 Overall Pick, 2004 NBA Draft)
    • Josh Smith - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Atlanta Hawks (17th Pick, 2004 NBA Draft)
    • J.R. Smith - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - New Orleans Hornets (18th Pick, 2004 NBA Draft)
    • Bobby Nash - Individual Player/Boys Varsity - University of Hawaii
    • Eric Tuftee - Assumption High School/Boys Varsity - St. Ambrose, Iowa
    • Anthony Schumacher - Assumption High School - Loras College, Iowa
    • Dwayne Day II - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - South Carolina
    • Michael Walker - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Western Kentucky
    • Boubacar Coly - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Xavier
    • Joseph Dyson - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - Albany NY
    • Courtney Nelson - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - Richmond
    • Cedric Jackson - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - St. Johns University
    • David McClure - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - Duke
    • Taj Finger - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - Stanford
    • Darryl Watkins - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - Syracuse
    • Terrence Roberts - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - Syracuse
    • Sean Banks - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - Memphis
    • Alex Galindo - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - UTEP
    • William Sheridan - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys Varsity - Villanova
    • Randolph Morris - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Kentucky
    • Luis Brookings - Silver Springs Wizards/Boys 15-16 - Maryland Eastern
    • Mike Creppy - Silver Springs Wizards/Boys 15-16 - Coppin State, MD
    • Javaris Crittenton - Atlanta Celtics/Boys Varsity - Georgia Tech
    • Juwan Carter - Playaz Basketball Club/Boys JV - St. Joseph's
    • Jared Ursua - Kona Tigers/Boys JV - Southern Utah

    WYBT 2003

    • Greg Stiemsma - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin
    • Shae McNamara - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - Marist College
    • Cordero Barkley - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
    • Brad Ferstenou - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin - Parkside
    • Kyle Clark - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin - Parkside
    • LaVontay Fenderson - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin - Parkside
    • Harry Boyce - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Wisconsin - Parkside
    • Chris DeMarco - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - Hillsdale College (Michigan)
    • Rob Springborn - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - Michigan Tech
    • Steve Klass - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - University of Minnesota - Duluth
    • DaMarcus Bell - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - Odessa Junior College (Texas)
    • Justin Redman-Trotter - Fox Valley Skillz/Boys Varsity - North Iowa Area Community College

    WYBT 2004

    • Hina Kimitete - Stingrays/Girls Varsity - College of the Canyons
    • Tory Guillermo - Stingrays/Girls Varsity - Linfield College
    • Jessica Hanato - Stingrays/Girls Varsity - Linfield College

      Place of refuge






    Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
    National Historic Park

    "Place of Refuge", Big Island
    (20 minute drive south of Kona.)


    Arizona Future's #1 fan

      The AZ Future- Gold win their 6th tournament of the year in the MLK tournament here in Arizona.  It was an all AZ Future final as the AZ Future-Gold played against the AZ Future-Purple in a great game.  Congratulations to all four of the AZ Future & AZ Rim Rattler teams that played in the tournament. Results can be found at
        AZ Future - Gold bring home the SW Showcase 12U Championship.
    Congratulations to our boys on great effort as this was the first time we had all our guns at one time.  They won the Championship game 36-24 over the Gym Rats 12U. Results can be found at

    AZ Future National Team has good showing in Las Vegas

    The Arizona Future National team placed 5th out of 28 teams from across the country in the prestigious Las Vegas Easter Classic.  The boys should be proud of themselves in a tournament that featured 4 teams ranked in the Top 10 in the country.  They ran out of gas in the end, but gained invaluable experience from being there.  This was the best competition the boys have competed against all tournament season and should pave the way for the remainder of their year.  Congratulations to  Tyler Bruggman, Drew Bender, Greg Carter, Justin Dombrowski, Stacy Davis, AJ Navarrette, John Marshall, Gaven DeFilippo, and Johnny Bledsoe on being the class act of the tournament both on and off the court.

    AZ Future-Gold win 5th ABL League Championship

         AZ Future- Gold played Friday night with a full squad and took care of old friends in beating the Broncos.  Saturday they played against the AZ Future-Platinum and it was a tight game at halftime 32-22 as both teams played with only 5 players.  In the second half the Gold pulled away won the game advancing to the finals.  The AZ Future-Platinum had a very impressive season finishing in 3rd place overall.  In the Finals the AZ Future-Gold played the Wildcats and it was close early, but then the team kicked it up a notch and ran out to a 66-33 win.  The team was led in scoring by Diego Magana who was named tournament MVP.  Congratulations to Diego, Drew, AJ, Jordan, Justin and teammates not in picture Brian, Luke & Nathan on a great season.
        Arizona Future- Gold bring home another 12U tournament Championship down in Tucson at the Sporting Chance tournament.  It was a great weekend for our boys as they came out on Sunday and played some good team basketball and beat two good teams in the Gilbert Gorillas 12U & AZ Gym Rats 12U- Walker.  Results can be found at Congratulations to the boys who will now get a couple weeks of rest over the Holidays.   
     Happy Holidays to all our families and see you in January.

    Future SWAT & All-City Capture ABL Championships

    The Arizona Future - SWAT team & AZ Future - All-City won the League Championship in the U12 & U13 divisions respectively.  It was a great team effort for both teams as they had to win 3 games on Friday and Saturday to capture the titles.  Both Future teams won despite all the pressure of being the team to beat.  Other teams come out extra motivated when playing the Future, so the boys really stepped up and came out victorious once again.  Game honors and congrats go out to Gaven DeFilippo for being selected as the MVP for the championship games.
    Congrats also goes out to the AZ Future- Legends, AZ Future- Young Guns and AZ Future -Magic for making it to the semi-finals in their divisions.  We will be back in action in September for the Fall Season of the ABL.  Great job to all nine AZ Future teams and coaches for all the hard work you each put in this season.   Check out the team results at

    Arizona Future- ALL CITY 12U win 2nd Consecutive GCSG Championship

    June 24, 2007
       A week after the 12U Arizona Future- ALL CITY team won the GCSG International Hispanic Games Tournament in Tucson, they came back and won the state qualifier at Grand Canyon University.   It was a fantastic effort by the boys.  It truly shows that they have the experience in winning big games no matter what the hurdle is.  The All-City team overcame playing through heat exhaustion from a gym that didn't have air conditioning.  They overcame missing two players who weren't able to be there on the final day.  They overcame losing earlier in the day to battle back in grand fashion to win in convincing fashion by 18 points over AZ REC for the 2nd week in a row. 
    This was a true team effort.  Congrats go out to AJ Navarrette, Greg Carter, Drew Bender, Gaven DeFilippo, Justin Dombrowski, Jovan Sargent, Andy Raynak, John Raynak, and William Barfield.  Honors also go out to the coaching staff of Fred Navarrette and Greg Carter, Sr for keeping the boys focused and motivated under such challenging circumstances.    The team now qualifies for the GCSG Nationals at a future time and location....ANOTHER TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!! 










    LAST WEEKEND IN THE 9U, 10U, 11U, 13U, 14U & 15U DIVISIONS.

    Arizona Future National Team Dominates in Santa Barbara, CA

        The Arizona Future National team took California by storm by winning all 4 games in the Memorial Day classic in Santa Barbara, CA.  The Future had very little trouble in dismantling all 4 teams in the tournament by winning margins of 36, 10, 43, and 31 points.
    It was an enjoyable experience going over to California and letting the boys all enjoy the great weather, scenary, and excellent play.  Congrats to Matt Lauer, John Raynak, Gaven DeFilippo, Greg Carter, Drew Bender, AJ Navarrette, and Andy Raynak.

    Arizona Future 12U make strong showing in Cali

    November 26, 2006
       AZ Future 12U make a strong showing at the Swoosh Thanksgiving Invitational in Anaheim, California .  This team played really well all weekend and in the Championship game with only 6 players able to go due to injury, fell short 43-39 to ARC out of LA.  In Pool play the AZ Future took care of business beating the Orange County Gators 54-16 & then Gametime 56-40.  In the first round of the Championship bracket they beat the #2 seed Triple Treat 59-37 which put them in the Championship game versus ARC.  Congratulations to this group of boys who played together as a team for the first time in this tournament :
    AJ, Jordan, Gaven, Drew, Jack, Greg & Matt.

    Arizona Future - Gold ABL team goes 8-0 in regular season

    November 4, 2006

    Arizona Future - Diamond ABL team - Our Young Guns

    11U AZ Future team takes 2nd Place in 3 on 3 tournament

    October 27, 2006