Who shows up in Arizona HS boys’ baskets at the right time?

Perry Pumas' Koa Peat (10) dives the ball over Basha Bears' Jordan Howard (33) on January 16, 2023 at Basha High School in Chandler.

There were surprising teams, up-and-coming players, shocking endings. It’s gearing up for what could be a wild open division state tournament, pitting 32 teams with nothing to lose and wanting to be the ones to make history.

This is the first year the Arizona Interscholastic Association has been doing what it has been doing with football since 2019, except with an expanded field. Also different: The teams that lose in the first two rounds jump back into their conference tournaments, whether 6A, 5A or 4A. The selection day for the Open takes place on February 4th.

With the regular season ending February 3 for big schools, we’re taking a deep look at what transpired and what to watch for in Arizona high school boys’ basketball the rest of the way.


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