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Doc Self
Doc is starting his third season on Varsity, as he performed well for us the past two years as a sophomore and junior. Doc will also be asked to be one of our two captains for the second year in a row. He is as good of a leader on the court, in the off seasons and around Gilbert HS in all of my years at Gilbert. As far as basketball, Doc can score the ball as we had him run in the wing in transition last year, but he will be asked to be our point guard this season, his natural position.

Doc can flat out shoot the basketball and shoot it from deep. His range is near unlimited. Doc has worked hard in the weight room too, which is allowing him to beat defenders off the dribble. Currently, Doc has some interest from colleges to play at the next level, which is something he is capable of and excited to do. Look for Doc to be a leader on the court and at times score in bunches, but mainly to be a steady, consistent force every night on the court.

 
       
  Carson Towt
Carson is entering his second season as a varsity basketball player. Carson started for us last year and became a major contributor for the Tigers on both sides of the ball late in the season and into the playoffs. Carson has grown quite a bit over the last two years and now stands at 6í 6. Carson can be a very good shooter of the basketball and may have a mismatch at times this year to take his defender out to the perimeter and with his added strength, Carson should be able to cause problems around the paint. We have asked Carson to develop his game offensively and he has shown the ability to score in the post and take his defender off the dribble.

Defensively, Carson is going to be asked to guard in the paint and on the perimeter, but be relied upon to rebound the basketball for us. The coaches have challenged him to average a double-double this year, something that the coaches have not had here at Gilbert in the last two years. He is a tough-minded kid and willing to do what is needed for the team to be successful, earning him a captains position. Carson has gained the attention of colleges and presently holds offers from Eastern Oregon, Embry Riddle and Colorado Mesa University.

 
       
 

Adonai Kabash
Adonai is a senior this year and is starting his second season on the varsity team. Adonai has improved on the court and in the weight room as much as anyone else in our program. Adonai has a very good work ethic and is a tremendous team player.

Adonaiís strengths as a basketball player are his abilities to get to the basket and finish around the rim. Also, for a guard, his knack on tracking down offensive rebounds is impressive.

Defensively, Adonai has improved quite a bit. He has learned our defensive responsibilities and can be relied upon to execute our system. The coaches are excited to see Adonaiís growth as a basketball player and a student in the classroom. Adonai will help the Tigers become successful on and off the court this season.

 
       
  Jake Ehmann
Jake, a senior, is new to the Tigers this season moving in from a successful basketball program in Ohio. Jake adds a level of toughness for the Tigers. Jake is a very strong, athletic forward who can score around the basket, but still play on the perimeter too, making shots and taking his defender off the dribble. His motor, ability to rebound and getting 50/50 balls are impressive and that alone will make it difficult on the opposition.

You could have a interaction or two with Jake this season if you sit in the front row of the stands. Jake is learning our systems on both sides of the ball nicely and his teammates have quickly welcomed him as a Tiger. Look for Jake to have a positive impact for the Tigers this season.
 

 
 


JUNIORS
 

 
 
Jaqwaun Myles
Jaqwaun is starting his second year on the varsity team. Jaqwaun plays with a great motor and by being around the game as a coachís son, he has a high basketball IQ and is very coachable. At times last season Jaqwaun got sped up in games, but now has shown the ability to play at his speed and control the game.

Jaqwaun will be asked to run the team as the point guard when he is on the court, and to be able to cover some of the best guards in the state. Jaqwaun is a physically strong guard who can attack the paint off the dribble, gets the ball up the court and can be a problem on the offensive glass. Heís a quiet kid off the court and an excellent student in the classroom as well.

 
       
  Brycen Long
Brycen will be starting his second season as a member of the Tigerís varsity team. Brycen is a very heady player and just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket as he was our second leading scorer last year as a sophomore. Brycen is deceptively athletic with good ball handling skills and could run all 5 positions for us if needed. On offense, Brycen can score in multiple ways, hitting threes, driving and with his back to the basket.

 Defensively, Brycen can cover on the perimeter well and has shown the ability to defend and rebound in the paint. Brycen is a true 5-tool player for the Tigers. He has gained the attention of college coaches this summer picking up a Division 1 offer from Houston-Baptist University this summer while playing with his Power House Hoops club team.
 

 
       
  Paul Maldonado
Paul, a junior, will be starting his second season on the varsity team. The coaching staff feels Paul is another 5-tool player for the Tigers with his all-around abilities to dribble, pass, shoot, defend and rebound. Paul is very confident and never backs down from an opponent or situation. Fiery on the court, Paul plays with a lot of passion, which the coaching staff loves to see as long as it is controlled.

Offensively, Paul gets to the rim well and also finishes around the basket quite well too. Paul has improved his right hand and jump shot over the last year which is starting to make him a threat all over the court.

Defensively, Paul loves to guard the ball hard, causing turnovers and getting out in transition. Paul competes everyday as well as any Tiger before him.

 
       
  Griffin Lamb
Griffin, a junior, is starting his second season as a Tiger. Griffin has a long and lanky frame with a 7í 0 wingspan. Griffin jumps well and quick, which can be important to affecting the game inside. Griffin rebounds the ball well on both ends of the court and blocks a lot of shots. Griffin has improved his strength over the last year gaining 15 pounds. This will help his ability to gain position around the basket, defend big post players and secure loose balls and rebounds that come his way.

Griffin has a nice touch from about 15 feet and actually has improved his shot to the three point line. Griffin has picked up some college interest including Air Force, a Division 1 program. As Griffinís strength improves, he improves and provides a much needed force in the paint for the Tigers.

 
       
 

Juan Cordova
Juan is a junior and will be a full-time varsity player for the Tigers this season as he split time between the varsity and junior varsity teams last year. Juan mostly plays point guard, but he enjoys and does a nice job running up the court on the wing too. Juan is as tough, pound for pound, as anyone in our program. He never backs down from an opponent or situation on the court.

Offensively, Juan can hit the outside shot when needed, score off the dribble and facilitate the offense. Defensively, Juan loves to get up and guard the ball aggressively. As a coach, we never have to coach effort or attitude with Juan as he plays with a great motor, loves to compete everyday in every drill and is a nice leader for the Tigers.

 
       
  Taylor Baldwin
Taylor, a junior, split time between the varsity and junior varsity teams last season. Taylor is a quiet leader and never takes a play off, ever. He is as tough as they get. Taylor is very reliable when on the court and the coaching staff is confident that Taylor will understand what needs to be done for the Tigers to be successful each night.

Taylor is a tough kid, who has a knack of being in the right place at the right time, grabbing loose balls and rebounds. Taylor will be asked to cover in the paint for us this season, always being a steady player and providing a spark for the Tigers when on the court.

 
       
  Ian Splittorff
Ian, a junior, split time between the varsity and junior varsity last season. Nobody works harder in our program and as a result Ian has gained 15 pounds since last season.

Ianís strength is his mental toughness, but on offense it is his three point shot. Since last year, Ian has now added the ability to attack the basket off the dribble too. With the added strength, Ian now has the ability to defend multiple positions and situations on the court and it has helped improve his ability to take care of the ball.

Look for Ian to split game time with both the JV and varsity this season. Ian should be a huge factor in our JV teamís success and development of the younger players in our program.
 

 
 


SOPHOMORE
 

 
 


Tampa Scott

Tampa, a sophomore, is starting is first year on the varsity team. Tampa played both freshman and junior varsity basketball last year and led the freshman team to an impressive 15-3 record as the lead guard. Tampa, is as quick with the ball in his hands that the Tigers have had in awhile. Tampa also does a nice job playing with different speeds and pace which makes him able to probe the paint so effectively.

Tampa is a tough-nosed defender and very coachable. Look for Tampa to come into games and disrupt with his on-ball pressure on the defensive side of the ball and give the Tigers another element of getting downhill with the drive putting ultimate pressure on the defense.
 

 
 
FRESHMAN
 
 
 
Nikko Pentelute
Nikko, a freshmen, will be on the varsity team this season and splitting game time between the varsity and JV teams. For a freshmen, Nikko is physically strong enough to compete at the varsity level and in fact, has done a good job challenging our upperclassmen.

Besides the physical aspect that he brings, Nikko mentally is ahead of most freshmen. His basketball IQ is off the charts. The coaching staff is very excited for Nikkoís progression over the next four years and him leading the Tigers to many successful seasons.
 

 
       
   


GILBERT HIGH SCHOOL
1101 E. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 497-0177 Ext. 169
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