There’s a new prep girls basketball team coming to the valley and they already have the commitment of one of the state’s emerging talents.
Arizona High School Sports Online Media EVision revealed on May 25, Glendale Dream City Christian (DCC) launches its new women’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.
This will be the latest addition to the Grind Session, which had its inaugural season at The PHHacility in Phoenix from October 2020 to March 2021. Teams participating in the Grind Session, including Chandler AZ Compass Prep, Phoenix PHH Prep, Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep and Gilbert Arizona Elite Prep, have an independent national schedule.
The DCC Eagles Boys ‘Hoop Team has produced several highly touted varsity rookies since launching in 2019, and the school is looking to do the same behind Mia Davis for their girls’ team.
Davis is transferring from Phoenix Xavier Prep for his next junior and senior seasons to play for his father and coach of the Women’s Basketball Science club Prileu Davis, who was hired as the head coach of the DCC women’s team.
Little 6-foot-1 forward Davis was on that of the Republic watchlist as one of 25 Player of the Year nominees before the season ends in March. She averaged 11.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and a team-record 2.8 steals last season, leading Xavier to a 13-4 record and his appearance in the running back. – 6A conference playoff final before losing to eventual repeat champion Surprise Valley Vista.
Davis sparked interest in the Stanford, Oregon, and UConn blue-blooded women’s college basketball programs.
âCoach (Jennifer) Gillom has taught me a lot of valuable lessons for my future on and off the pitch, which I am extremely grateful for,â Mia said in a text message. “(Dream City Christian) will provide me with an exceptional opportunity to grow as a player and play against a higher level of competition across the United States.
“By playing for my father, I know he will push me to be the best player I can be and the other staff coaches.”
Dream City Christian boys basketball head coach Kyle Weaver, who shares the role of co-director of the basketball program with Dionne Phelps, increases his own and the school’s footprint in the field Arizona prep girls basketball growing.
Weaver helped develop the Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep Girls’ Hoops in 2018.
Weaver had Prileu on his radar to become the head coach of DCC women’s basketball based on recommendations on Prileu’s formidable reputation in the local women’s basketball club circuit. Plus, Weaver and Prileu knew each other a bit as personal trainers for some of the state’s top high school and prep girls players.
âWe did our research and made sure we found the right coach who will do it with a lot of character,â said Weaver.
Weaver trains Ally Stedman, the guard linked to Pepperdine from PHH Prep. Prileu coaches and coaches his daughter Mia, who played on Basketball Science with Valley Vista senior forward Mikela Cooper and that of the Republic 2021 All-Arizona Selections Haylee Weathersby of Glendale Apollo and Alivia Pautz of Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.
Additionally, Prileu initially sent Mia to Xavier Prep Christian School, which parallels DCC’s religious mission.
“When we are recruited it is something that we have to honor,” said Prileu. âWe not only develop players on the pitch, but we also develop them as people. I would be remiss if I did not say that this is something that we always recognize and that I myself am a Christian. C ‘is something important to me. Also, that doesn’t mean that everyone will be Christians on the team. “
Similar to AZ Compass Prep, members of the Dream City Christian Girls Team will attend school full time on the school’s campus in Glendale.
âAs a Christian school, we want to have someone, whether it’s a female or male coach, who is truly a woman or a man of God, who will lead our program in the right way and be that anchor, âWeaver said. âWe want the girls program (basketball) to be exactly like our guys programâ¦
“We are excited and ready to develop both programs and, once again, get them in place for the state of Arizona.”
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