AZU 2019 season

        All AZU teams will be competing in local tournaments around the valley for our 2019 season.  We currently have teams ranging from ages eight to seventeen.  Our more advanced teams and players will have the chance to earn the opportunity to travel and compete in tournaments around the southwest this spring and summer.  Club fees are due in the beginning of each month. 

2019 tournament Schedule will be available by Friday, december 28th. Happy Holidays!

 

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 4/2018

4/2018

 AZU 14U rising star Marcus Richards attacks the hoop. at the Inspire Courts. (3/2018)

AZU 14U rising star Marcus Richards attacks the hoop. at the Inspire Courts. (3/2018)

 AZU's 17U standouts (left to right: Bryson Mewhinney, Allen Abayev, and Kyle Fischer) defend their state title at Wells Fargo Arena. Back to back AZ 5A state champs!(2/27/18)

AZU's 17U standouts (left to right: Bryson Mewhinney, Allen Abayev, and Kyle Fischer) defend their state title at Wells Fargo Arena. Back to back AZ 5A state champs!(2/27/18)

 Ringo Aguek (13u) showcases his midrange jumper. (9/16/2017)   

Ringo Aguek (13u) showcases his midrange jumper. (9/16/2017)   

 JB coaching and mentoring kids with NBA Cares in the Middle East. (8/4/2017)

JB coaching and mentoring kids with NBA Cares in the Middle East. (8/4/2017)

 AZU Team Bayless 17U started off the NCAA live period 2-0 in pool play at the Pangos Sweet 16 in Las Vegas with big wins over 702 Attack (NV) and Elite 24 Black 17 (OR).  (4/23/2017)   

AZU Team Bayless 17U started off the NCAA live period 2-0 in pool play at the Pangos Sweet 16 in Las Vegas with big wins over 702 Attack (NV) and Elite 24 Black 17 (OR).  (4/23/2017)   

 14U Forward Connor Oless was voted as the Player of the Week (POW) by his coaches at the Arizona Revolution Invitational.  He had an impressive performance on both sides of the court highlighted with relentless rebounding and solid offensive production.  Ultimately however it was his attitude and effort that earned Oless the POW honors. His toughness and winning mentality combined with his sportsmanship and positive attitude are qualities that will serve him throughout his life on and off the hardwood. (4/23/2017)

14U Forward Connor Oless was voted as the Player of the Week (POW) by his coaches at the Arizona Revolution Invitational.  He had an impressive performance on both sides of the court highlighted with relentless rebounding and solid offensive production.  Ultimately however it was his attitude and effort that earned Oless the POW honors. His toughness and winning mentality combined with his sportsmanship and positive attitude are qualities that will serve him throughout his life on and off the hardwood. (4/23/2017)

 Bryson "Pee Wee" Mewhinney had two solid showcases to kick off our AZU club season as we tune up for the Pangos west coast circuit.  "Pee Wee" has demonstrated he can score at will while creating for his teammates and controlling the game's tempo.  Bryson (class of 2018) has led Sunnyslope to the Arizona 5A State championship as their fearless point guard the past two years. He was just voted AZUs Southwest Showcase Main Event MVP by his peers and is a serious Mid-major Division 1 prospect. (4/2/2017)

Bryson "Pee Wee" Mewhinney had two solid showcases to kick off our AZU club season as we tune up for the Pangos west coast circuit.  "Pee Wee" has demonstrated he can score at will while creating for his teammates and controlling the game's tempo.  Bryson (class of 2018) has led Sunnyslope to the Arizona 5A State championship as their fearless point guard the past two years. He was just voted AZUs Southwest Showcase Main Event MVP by his peers and is a serious Mid-major Division 1 prospect. (4/2/2017)

 Proud of 6th Grade power forward Christian DePue for earning the award for AZU player of the week in our first spring tournament.  Christian (6'1") is an amazing kid who works hard, has a positive attitude and is an overall great team player.  He has the potential to be an elite basketball player for MANY years to come!  Along with being such a coachable young man and wonderful teammate to his peers, Christian also didn't miss a shot in his AZU debut at the Inspire Courts!  He went five for five from the field and grabbed eleven rebounds, spectacular job Christian DePue! (3/2017)

Proud of 6th Grade power forward Christian DePue for earning the award for AZU player of the week in our first spring tournament.  Christian (6'1") is an amazing kid who works hard, has a positive attitude and is an overall great team player.  He has the potential to be an elite basketball player for MANY years to come!  Along with being such a coachable young man and wonderful teammate to his peers, Christian also didn't miss a shot in his AZU debut at the Inspire Courts!  He went five for five from the field and grabbed eleven rebounds, spectacular job Christian DePue! (3/2017)

 Extremely excited to have one of the top freshman in the SouthWest, Dominic Gonzalez (Ironwood), as our only underclassman on AZU Team Bayless 17U.  Dom showed no fear in our first tournament, hitting two crucial threes late in the game to help AZU defeat highly ranked AZ Power Elite.  (3/2017)

Extremely excited to have one of the top freshman in the SouthWest, Dominic Gonzalez (Ironwood), as our only underclassman on AZU Team Bayless 17U.  Dom showed no fear in our first tournament, hitting two crucial threes late in the game to help AZU defeat highly ranked AZ Power Elite.  (3/2017)

 Congratulations to AZU club captain Kyle Fischer (17u) and the Sunnyslope Vikings on winning the Arizona 5A State Championship!  Kyle chipped in 17 points, grabbed 8 boards, and earned Slope's MVP honors in a nail-biting double OT state title victory. (2/2017)

Congratulations to AZU club captain Kyle Fischer (17u) and the Sunnyslope Vikings on winning the Arizona 5A State Championship!  Kyle chipped in 17 points, grabbed 8 boards, and earned Slope's MVP honors in a nail-biting double OT state title victory. (2/2017)

 AZUs 17u guards are second to no one in Arizona.  Tyrese Eugene's already impressive athleticism is improving at an unbelievable rate! His skill set, shooting abilities, defensive prowess and work ethic, along with his new-found freakish athleticism helped propel Ironwood High School to a state championship contender.  Look out for Tyrese as he will become one of the top ranked guards in Arizona by next season. (2/2017)

AZUs 17u guards are second to no one in Arizona.  Tyrese Eugene's already impressive athleticism is improving at an unbelievable rate! His skill set, shooting abilities, defensive prowess and work ethic, along with his new-found freakish athleticism helped propel Ironwood High School to a state championship contender.  Look out for Tyrese as he will become one of the top ranked guards in Arizona by next season. (2/2017)

 14U Team captain Steinar Christianson hits a huge free throw against fellow Adidas Club, California's GamePoint. (12/16)

14U Team captain Steinar Christianson hits a huge free throw against fellow Adidas Club, California's GamePoint. (12/16)

 Point Guard Chase Martin attacks the hoop and dishes it off for the assist!  (12/2016)

Point Guard Chase Martin attacks the hoop and dishes it off for the assist!  (12/2016)

 AZU Shooting Guard Marcus Gonzales splits the defense and finishes with his left in the 2016 Southwest Showcase Holiday Classic. (12/2016)

AZU Shooting Guard Marcus Gonzales splits the defense and finishes with his left in the 2016 Southwest Showcase Holiday Classic. (12/2016)

 AZU 13U combo guard Axel Ramos attacks the hoop in the Real Turkey Shootout (11/2016) 

AZU 13U combo guard Axel Ramos attacks the hoop in the Real Turkey Shootout (11/2016) 

 Alex Elam runs the floor and lays it in to give AZU a four point advantage in the Real Turkey Shootout.  (11/2016)

Alex Elam runs the floor and lays it in to give AZU a four point advantage in the Real Turkey Shootout.  (11/2016)

 Coach Talib teaches motivates the AZU 8th graders during halftime. (10/2016)

Coach Talib teaches motivates the AZU 8th graders during halftime. (10/2016)

 One of AZUs hardest workers and most improved players, Devon Newman, squares up for a baseline three pointer! (9/2016)

One of AZUs hardest workers and most improved players, Devon Newman, squares up for a baseline three pointer! (9/2016)

 PrepHoops.com ranks AZU the #7 club team in Arizona for the 2016 club season in the 17U division. (8/6/2016)

PrepHoops.com ranks AZU the #7 club team in Arizona for the 2016 club season in the 17U division. (8/6/2016)

 AZU 17U goes 3-1 while participating in the Las Vegas Fab 48 17-U Gold Bracket. (7/22/2016)

AZU 17U goes 3-1 while participating in the Las Vegas Fab 48 17-U Gold Bracket. (7/22/2016)

 AZU Team Bayless 16U finished the summer off strong at the Adidas Summer Championships. (7/2016)

AZU Team Bayless 16U finished the summer off strong at the Adidas Summer Championships. (7/2016)

 AZU's 7th Grade forward Liam Idsardi puts up a double-double against the AZ Aces (6/2016)

AZU's 7th Grade forward Liam Idsardi puts up a double-double against the AZ Aces (6/2016)

 AZU 14U wins their first piece of hardware in the 2016 Cinco De Mayo Tournament @ the American Sports Complex. (5/2016)

AZU 14U wins their first piece of hardware in the 2016 Cinco De Mayo Tournament @ the American Sports Complex. (5/2016)

 16U takes runner-up @ the 2016 Cinco De Mayo Tournament in Avondale. (5/2016)

16U takes runner-up @ the 2016 Cinco De Mayo Tournament in Avondale. (5/2016)

 AZU 14U wins their first game ever played together 56-20 in the Southwest Showcase Main Event. (4/2016)

AZU 14U wins their first game ever played together 56-20 in the Southwest Showcase Main Event. (4/2016)

 Former ASU standout, coach Jerren Shipp, draws up a play for the 16U Elite team. (4/1/2016)

Former ASU standout, coach Jerren Shipp, draws up a play for the 16U Elite team. (4/1/2016)

 Nationally ranked guard Xavier Dusell showcases why he is a top prospect in the 2020 class. (4/2016)

Nationally ranked guard Xavier Dusell showcases why he is a top prospect in the 2020 class. (4/2016)

 AZU 16U starts off the Spring Southwest Showcase with a commanding 34 point victory! (4/1/2016)

AZU 16U starts off the Spring Southwest Showcase with a commanding 34 point victory! (4/1/2016)

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Bayless hits game winner in the 2015 NBA Playoffs

Jerryd Bayless, interview on working hard and giving back...

  Coach Ben and Coach CP representing for Team Adidas @ the 2012 Phoenix Summer Pro League; Champions

Coach Ben and Coach CP representing for Team Adidas @ the 2012 Phoenix Summer Pro League; Champions

Who has faster hands - NBA phenom Jerryd Bayless, or legendary rock drummer Matt Sorum?

Bayless' senior campaign at St. Mary's High School. Jerryd tallied a school record 2,828 points in 100 career games averaging 28.3 points all 4 years.

Teaching the game we love...

Our mission is to build a premier youth club basketball program both locally and nationally by distinguishing our organization as one that coaches brilliant fundamentals, courageous teamwork and a winning attitude.

Our passion for the game of basketball has resulted in the rich opportunity to share our knowledge with "AZU" players who pursue their goals in the sport we love.

Ben Stryczek - Managing Partner; Coach

        Ben, born in Chicago, moved to Phoenix by way of Boston at age seven and has been involved with basketball in the valley ever since.  He attended Brophy College Prep locally where he played varsity basketball and graduated in 2005.  Ben went on to California State University, Monterey Bay where he graduated college in 2009 with a degree in Psychology.

        Ben returned to The Valley of the Sun to pursue a career in business, psychology, and coaching.  Coach Stryczek's experience ranges from teaching youth as young as five and up through the high school varsity level, and every age in between.  He is currently the Athletic Director at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.  He has also been involved with the the Ironwood High School Basketball program the past four years in various capacities.  "Coach Stry" is now attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he is earning his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and used his final season of collegiate eligibility to play basketball for the school's team.  Coach Stry is currently pursuing his masters degree in Clinical Psychology in hopes of one day working as a Sports Psychologist with premier collegiate and professional athletes.  His passion is teaching/mentoring youth about life issues through the game of basketball as well as motivating them to be a team player and do their best.

Talib Uqdah - Head Trainer, Coach

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Andrew Taylor - Director of Digital Media

        Andrew, born in Western Massachusetts, moved to Arizona when he started at Arizona State University as a freshman in the fall of 2009 to work with the ASU Men's Basketball team. Andrew served as a student manager and assistant video coordinator during his first four seasons with the team, while working on his Bachelor's Degree in Film at ASU. During this time, Andrew wore many other hats for the team, such as Social Media Coordinator, managing the team's website and social media pages, along with creating and helping mange several of the coaches' social media pages as well. His primary responsibility was filming practices and games, and helping edit for film review and team and individual highlights, which is where he developed his skills for ATP (Andrew Taylor Productions), his videography company/service.  During Andrew's fifth and final season with the Sun Devils, he was promoted to Administrative Assistant, while still retaining most of his original managerial responsibilities. 

        We are excited to have Andrew as a member of our AZU staff, as he brings both technological experience and a passion for working with young athletes to help them reach their full potential.  Outside the video room, Andrew enjoys playing golf and traveling, which usually coincides with watching his friends play basketball at the collegiate and professional level.