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Lee Cummard was
the 2004 Arizona Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-America
nominee while leading the Jackrabbits to the 5A State
Championship. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as
a senior in 2003-04, shot 56 percent from the floor and made 41
percent of his three-point attempts. He was also named region player of the
year in 2004 and played for the Arizona Cager Elite Club team.
A 6-foot-7 guard at Brigham Young, Cummard was the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year and received Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 2007-08. The do-everything junior swingman led the Cougars in scoring (15.8), field-goal percentage (.569), three-point percentage (.472) and blocked shots (1.0) while ranking second in rebounds (6.3), assists (3.5), steals (0.9) and free-throw percentage (.857). Known as a fierce competitor and all-around contributor, Cummard also led the team in shooting, steals and minutes while ranking second in assists and blocks and third in scoring and rebounds as a sophomore. A three-year starter and top perimeter defender, Cummard has good ball-handling skills, excellent shooting range and the toughness to rebound and finish in traffic. Read the archived account of the 2004 Championship game HERE
As a junior, Graham
made the final four free throws of the 5A championship to propel
Mesa to the State title. He averaged 14.5 points on 56 percent from the field as a
senior at Mesa High before taking two years to go on his Mormon
mission. He shot 34 percent from the arc and 85 percent from the
line and as a junior, he was All-East Valley Region, averaging 10
points and four rebounds
Graham was named MVP in the 2011 NIT Championship game on March 31, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City after Wichita State defeated Alabama 66-57.
The Arizona Republic's
2007-08 Big Schools (Class 4A-5A) Player of the Year, Aaron averaged 24.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, two blocks his
Senior season. In January 2008, he set a school record for points
in a game by hitting for 46 against Mesa Westwood. Mesa won the East
Valley Region title and beat Mountain View both times in region
Aaron Fuller never missed a day of school at Mesa, was never late and put in extra time after school on the basketball court. That dedication paid big dividends when he was offered a scholarship from the University of Iowa.
Fuller, who played for Arizona Magic during the spring and summer AAU circuit, will bring a versatile game to Iowa City. Fuller is a face-up four that has a solid shooting touch out to the stripe as well as a fundamentally sound post-up game, including a nifty jump hook, Overall, Fuller is a great competitor with a terrific court demeanor that could propel him into contributing at the Big Ten level. Aaron transferred to the University of Southern California.
Read the Arizona Republic account of Fuller award HERE
Medder, a 6'1"
190-pound guard, was considered one of the nation's top point guards
by ESPN.com with a national ranking of No. 14 among prep point
guards. He was also ranked by Bob Gibbons All-Star Sports Report as
the 140th top senior in the nation.
He was a three-year letter winner and two-year starter at Mesa
(Ariz.) High School. As a senior, Medder averaged 22.6 points, 5.0
assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He shot 47-percent from the
field and 35-percent from three-point range in leading his team to a
15-10 record. He also converted 79 percent of his free throws.
After two season at Tulsa, which were marred by two serious knee injuries, Donte transferred to Cal State-San Bernardino for the 2012 season. Details of Donte's signing can be read HERE
Michael Crowell was a key on Mesa
High’s 2003-2004 State Championship. He was named 2nd Team
All-Region as a senior while averaging 12.8 points and 6 rebounds
per game. Michael was key in limiting Desert Vista’s two 6’8 stars
in the State Championship game, despite playing through severe
shoulder and foot injuries which required surgery after the season.
Following his stellar high school career, Michael averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds a game at Blinn Junior College (TX) before transferring to Central Arizona College where he really blossomed. He ranked 12th in the nation in scoring (21.7) and 5th in rebounding (11.3) before accepting a scholarship to the University of Idaho.
At the University of Idaho, Michael was a
two year starter and averaged 10.9 PPG and 5.3 RPG and shot a team leading
45% from 3-point range as a senior. Michael played professionally in
Scotland for the Glasgow Rocks after successful stints in Spain and
Hakeem Rollins was a vital player in
Mesa High’s success in 2001. Averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds a
game, he was also named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
After graduating at 6’5 and about 200 pounds, Hakeem took an
interesting route to college basketball. He turned down a full
academic scholarship offer to the University of Arizona to pursue
his basketball dream. He enrolled at Mesa Community College to play
basketball, where he grew 3 inches and gained over 30 pounds of
muscle. Following an All-American sophomore year in which he
averaged 24.8 points and 9 rebounds per game, Hakeem accepted a full
scholarship to the University of Washington. Hakeem was the starting
center on Washington’s NCAA #1 seed featuring Brandon Roy and Nate
Hakeem graduated with two degree’s, one being biochemistry (which was such a difficult degree that ESPN followed him throughout the NCAA tournament to show him taking finals on plane flights to each game for a segment on Sportscenter.) Since his days at Washington, Hakeem was a hot commodity overseas where he was named the best American player in his league in Argentina.
Blondy Baruti's story
was well documented throughout his time at Mesa High School.
Arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a junior standing
at 6'8, 155 pounds, Blondy graduated at 6'9, 200 pounds and ESPN's
23rd ranked center in the country. In Blondy's two season's at Mesa
High, the Jackrabbits were a combined 24-7 in games Blondy played.
He finished his career averaging 10 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.3
blocks per game and an Elite-8 appearance. Blondy had a career high
17 rebounds vs. Desert Ridge in the 1st round of the State Playoffs
and had two games in which he recorded 9 blocks. David Van Dyke
(UTEP) and Blondy Baruti are considered the two best shot-blockers
in school history. He earned Honorable Mention All-State as a
The Arizona Republic's 2010-11 Big
Schools (Class 4A-5A) Player of the Year, all eyes were on Mesa
point guard Jahii Carson during the season, and he didn’t
disappoint. The 5-foot-10 senior finished the season with an average
of 32.2 points per game, taking the Jackrabbits to the 5A Division I
semifinals before getting knocked off by Brophy.
Carson played for the Arizona State Sun Devils for two years.
Read his Player of the Year story HERE.