Top 10 Arizona HS men’s basketball players in the 2010s
With the completion of Arizona’s top high school basketball teams of the 1980s, 90s, early 2000s, and 2010s, The Republic now selects teams from all decades.
Who were the best? Who took their games to another level after high school? Who will forever be remembered as the greatest?
Here are The Republic’s top 10 picks of the 2010s decade. It’s led by the top two picks of the 2018 NBA draft. It’s a decade filled with superstars, including future college stars. Some very deserving players failed to land the 10 in this decade, that’s how talented it was in Arizona’s preparations.
Previously: 2000s All-Arizona HS Basketball Team I 1990s All-Arizona Boys HS Basketball Team | 1980s All-Arizona men’s basketball team
Best teams:1980s | 1990s | 2000-09 | 2010s
Top 40: Top 40 teams over 40.
2010s All-Arizona Team
1. Deandre Ayton, Hillcrest Prep, 2017
This big man was on his own planet when he came to Hillcrest Prep for his junior and senior seasons. He dominated in every way for the Warriors. He was named to the McDonald’s All-American team, before playing a season in Arizona and then becoming the Phoenix Suns’ No. 1 NBA draft pick. He became a major part of the team with the best record in the NBA.
2. Marvin Bagley III, Crown of the Ground, 2015
The 6-11 phenom spent half of his high school playing career in Arizona, spending just one season at Corona del Sol, his freshman year, but was named Republic Player of the Year after leading the Aztecs to the 6A state championship, their fourth straight on arguably the greatest high school team in Arizona ever assembled. He played a year in California, at Sierra Canyon, and later played a year at Duke, before being taken second overall in the NBA Draft by Sacramento, behind Ayton.
3. Nico Mannion, Apogee, 2019
He reclassified his degree in 2019, but not before leading the Pioneers to back-to-back 6A state championships. He averages 30 points in a senior season for the ages. He was the Arizona Republic Player of the Year, then turned on the Jets at the University of Arizona before heading to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. He now plays professional ball in Italy.
4. Brandon Clarke, Desert Vista, 2015
The 6-foot-7 phenom led the Thunder to the 6A State Championship Game his senior year thanks to his ability to defend, score and lead. He was the heart and soul of coach Tony Darden’s team and rose to greatness in college, finishing strong at Gonzaga, before entering the NBA, where he plays for Memphis.
5. Markus Howard, Perry, 2015
He was just a sophomore when he played his senior high school season in Arizona, but there was no best shooter in Arizona, perhaps in the history of high school basketball. from Arizona. He made the Republic All-Arizona team in both his freshman and sophomore years before joining Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nevada area. He upgraded and finished as Marquette’s all-time top scorer.
6. Casey Benson, Crown of the Sol, 2014
He was a catalyst for Corona del Sol State Championship teams in 2013 and 2014 as a primary guard. He was the Republic Player of the Year in his junior season, a clutch scorer and distributor who made everyone around him better. He reached the Final Four while in Oregon, before ending his college career at the Grand Canyon. He now plays professionally abroad and was part of Hubo Limburg United’s recent Belgian Cup league side.
7. Terrell Stoglin, Santa Rita, 2010
He was named a three-time All-Arizona player by The Republic, an incredible scorer and passer who culminated his storied high school career in Tucson in 2010 with a state championship. The smooth-shooting southpaw then played at the University of Maryland, before playing overseas.
8. Corey Hawkins, Estrella Foothills, 2010
The son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins, Corey ended up breaking Mike Bibby’s all-time record in 2010 with 3,154 points. That record was then broken in 2019 by Globe guard BJ Burries, who went on to play at Mesa Community College. Hawkins led Estrella Foothills to three consecutive 3A State Championships. Estrella Foothills was 91-4 over that three-year streak.
9. Dorian Pickens, Apogee, 2014
The 6-5 wing finished its career with 41 points in a 71-70 overtime loss to Corona del Sol in the 6A state championship game. He was player of the year his senior season, averaging 25 points and nearly seven rebounds and three steals. He shot to fame at Stanford, where he tallied 1,186 points in 116 career games.
10. Alex Barcello, Crown of the Sol, 2017
The 6-2 point guard was the Gatorade Arizona POY his sophomore year in 2015, and again his senior season in 2017. He played on two state championship teams his first two years in high school, a big shooter, who after having played his first two years in Arizona, saw his college career take off at BYU. He averaged 17 points, four rebounds and three assists in his final season this year for the 24-10 Cougars, who are in the NIT Quarterfinals.
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