All-Star hoops games bid adieu to state’s best HS players

Daniel Bejarano averaged 20 points or better all four years he played at North High School in Phoenix.  That was the player the fans were hoping to see at last weekend’s 4A-5A All-Star basketball games at Southwestern College.

The University of Arizona-bound senior didn’t disappoint them.

Bejarano scored 22 points to lead the North to a 102-90 win over the South, scoring with layups, dunks, and three-pointers.  And then threw in an assortment of sweet passes, assists, and steals.

The game, sponsored by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association, was a showcase for some of the best high school talent in the state.  In the 4A-5A game, Bejarano, the Metro Region Player of the Year all four years at North, had to share the spotlight with the young phenom from the southern part of the state.

Terrell Stoglin, who scored 19 points for the South team, is considered by many to be the best high school player ever to come out of Tucson.  The senior from Santa Rita HS is the all-time leading scorer in Southern Arizona history and committed last year to play at the University of Maryland.

The 6’0″ point guard averaged 29 points this year for Santa Rita, leading the school to the 4A-II state championship.

A smart guard with good court vision, Stoglin can score from anywhere on the floor and will help Maryland fill their greatest need, as the Terps signed Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard to make sure the point guard slot is in competent hands for the foreseeable future.

Bejarano has better size than Stoglin, at 6’5″, and will likely play a swingman slot for Coach Sean Miller in Tucson.  He was a four-star recruit, averaging 21.5 points and 6.7 rebounds this season at North, where he helped take the Mustangs to a second straight 5A state title this year.

He will be stepping into some big shoes and grand expectations at UofA.  He’s the fifth high-profile recruit the Cats have pulled out of the Valley over the past couple of decades.  The list of illustrious alumnae includes Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and Jerryd Bayless.  All four were lottery picks in the NBA draft when they left UofA.

For the fans arriving ahead of the 4A-5A game, they were treated to the final high school performance of Corey Hawkins, who scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the 3A All Star game – despite leaving the floor for a good part of the game with an injury.  The South won the game, 75-68.

Hawkins, who set state records this season for career and season scoring, also led his school to a state title when Estrella Foothills HS soundly beat Round Valley HS, 77-57, for the championship.

He capped his high school career by averaging 37 points as a senior, which helps explain why Coach Herb Sendek at ASU can hardly wait to get him out on the practice floor to get him ready for the 2010/11 campaign.  He’s checking into a dorm on campus this week so he can begin summer school next week.

Maybe Stoglin should have given a little more consideration to playing at one the Arizona colleges.  Playing at Maryland may mean he will have to make a wardrobe change next year.

Stoglin was always easy to pick out at his high school games because of the white headband he wore.  But his new coach, Gary Williams, doesn’t allow headbands at Maryland.

Hmm… hopefully, Terrell thought about that before signing up to be a Turtle.