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Rayah Craig


HEARTandHUSTLE Skills and Showcase camp, formerly known as Arizona Evaluation Skills Academy (AESA) and Super Elite 48 was again for it’s third year a grand success. Over 60 student athletes filled the gym for a two day camp that included basketball transition drills, competitive games and skills instruction by Christian Simmons and James Parker. Keil Moore and Chris Hansen of Prospects Nation were in attendance for the duration. Keil and Chris also helped out with instruction, transition offense and skill work. On hand were players from ASU Women’s basketball and Grand Canyon Women’s basketball.

ProspectsNation recap can be found here > HEARTandHUSTLE Recap: Chris Hansen & Keil Moore

Elisha Davis
Coach Lyly
Jayda, Rayah, Kiara
2 Ball Killer Crossover


HH Staff
Christian, Chris, Keil, Lyly, Nicholas, Katie, Cheyenne, Dana
Makena Dianovich
Makena Dianovich
Jayda Adams
Jayda Adams

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McDonald All-Americans

McDonald’s All-Americans

The title, McDonald’s All-American, is one of the most coveted certifications of any high school athlete. It’s an acknowledgement that they have achieved the pinnacle status of their sport, one of the best in the country, a confirmation of all their hard work and dedication. Most of these young student athletes that achieve this success dedicate many hours to getting better and make many sacrifices over the course of their teenage years. It comes at no surprise to see many of them exhausting every resource to be challenged, sharpen their skills and seek out top competition. One of the best opportunities to accomplish these goals is to attend the high octane, positive and challenging environment found at Chris Hansen’s Check Me Out Showcases. 2015 saw 4 camps held at various times throughout the country, (Seattle, NorCal, SoCal & Minnesota). These camps are elite in every aspect, from the training, competition, coaching, and evaluations. Six players of the MCDAA 2016 class attended a Check Me Out camp. Another six or so attended affiliate camps EBA or Keil Moor Fall Showcase. All in all over half of the 2016 McDonald’s All-Americans participated in one or multiple camps.

I’ve been privileged to work the Check Me Out and Keil Moor Fall Showcase camps over the course of the past couple years and am honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented young athletes. Some of them I had the chance to workout privately 1on1 or in small groups in extra workouts prior to our sessions or between sessions. Jeannie Boehm is one that has a tremendous work ethic and advanced skills set. We had a great time Sunday morning in Minnesota before the final session, using up the greater part of an hour working on low-mid post and face up offensive moves and pivots. Destiny Slocum is a highly competitive player that will stop at nothing to get better, perfecting primary and counter moves off the dribble. She will spend every extra hour in the gym like she did in SoCal as we worked on her hesitation blow by, freeze jumper and killer cross-over.

I can be reached on my contact page or I’m very selective of the players I choose to do individuals with. I’m looking to help as many as are committed, dedicated and determined.

NorCal Check Me Out Showcase

Showcase Camps, Mini-Camps, Academies

Fall is a busy time of year for us to host, participate in skill and exposure camps.  Players are on somewhat of a hiatus from club basketball and for most states, official high school practice doesn’t start till late October.  This year we started things off with our very own Super Elite 48, held in downtown Phoenix Arizona, September 13-14. Then it was on to Minnesota for Chris Hansen’s Check Me Out Midwest October 11-12. We worked with a deep pool of talented players from the area including #16 nationally by and Kentucky commit Lindsey Corsaro.  Minnesota was followed up by a very successful Norcal Check Me Out Showcase in Oakland, October 18-19. Some of the regions top players were in attendance like Washington commits Mai-Loni Henson, Aari McDonald, Cal commit MaAnne Mosley and USA team members Kristine Anigwe (Cal Commit) and Sabrina Ionescu.  The fall showcases came to end in Philly and College Park for the Keil Moore Fall Showcase. Again,  some of the regions top prospect student athletes were in attendance (PN #12 Kaila Charles, GT commit- Martine Fortune, Jordan Wilmots).

SE 48 warm up
Don Bouge of A Better Athlete gets the players ready
group pic in MN
Check Me Out Midwest
CMO NorCal
Check Me Out NorCal
Super Elite 48 – Payton Whimore Dribbling


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Super Elite 48 Staff
pic w Norcal player
Naje Murray of St. Mary’s (Stockton)
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Sadie Edwards of UConn
BP at mini camp
Brianna Pitre
working pivot demo
Very first Arizona Evaluation Skills Academy
Cheyenne Butler transfer from USC to Houston & Jasmine Hotchkins of East Tennessee State University
Jasmine Hotchins (ETSU) and Cheyenne Butler (USC)
JL Hemingway & camp offense
Kydnall Adams and Jasmine Hotchkins watching on as Jonathan Hemingway runs through camp offense with players

Super Elite 48

September 13-14 saw another very successful coming together of the state’s most talented players for West Coast Girl’s Hoops’ Super Elite 48.  Each participant went through various skill stations overseen by a great and experienced staff. They all played in five competitive games and received valuable tutelage throughout from the coaches and trainers.

The event was covered by two NCAA compliant scouting services, and . On hand to provide media coverage was the nation’s leader in girl’s basketball coverage, . Also AZGR made an appearance to get a look at some of the talent.

ProspectsNation recap can be found here: Keil Moore’s recap

The staff of instructors included Olivia Major (NJCAA All-American, National Champion, former ASU shooting guard), Gerald Williams (20+ years professional experience overseas and in Canada), (current ASU players) Elisha Davis & Arnecia Hawkins, (current GCU players) Katelyn Lee & Astrea Reed, James Parker (owner/founder, recruiting analyst, former advance WNBA scout), Keil Moore (recruiting analyst, formerly HoopGurlz), Don Bouge (owner/founder A Better Athlete, Arizona’s representative for Alan Stein’s Stronger Team Nation), Dana Hawkins (Director, HC Bluestar Arizona). Donnis Henry of MTC Preps provided a breakout for the girls regarding the new NCAA academic requirements.

Valley Rehabilitation Associates to provide athletic training, provided photography and video

Arizona Skills and Evaluation Academy 2013

Complimentary Game Film and Image Gallery Provided by

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Thank you letter to the parents a participants.

On Friday, September 13th, Arizona Basketball Central (ABC) hosted it’s 2nd ever event, AESA (Arizona Evaluation & Skills Academy),  the first was a successful spring  AAU regional state tournament.   This 2nd event was a basically a 1st of its kind hosted by a local entity (ABC).  AESA featured a majority of the best college prospective female basketball players from Arizona in a multi-purpose event, that intended to bring visibility to student athlete as well as surround them with great instructors for skill development and coaching.  A total of 75 players made it out for the evaluation and skills academy, three players from Colorado and a player from Las Vegas, NV. also made the trip down.  The groups were split into two separate divisions (upper and under- class) for competitive and logistical purposes.

The staff of instructors included  Dymond Simon (former high school MD’s all-american, PAC12 point guard for ASU and WNBA player for the Mercury), Carolyn Moos (owner/founder Fit For Living Life, former WNBA player, Stanford player and USA jr. national team participant), James Parker (owner/founder, recruiting analyst, former advance WNBA scout), Keil Moore (recruiting analyst,  formerly HoopGurlz), Don Bouge (owner/founder A Better Athlete, Arizona’s representative for Alan Stein’s Stronger Team Nation),  Dana Hawkins (Director, HC Bluestar Arizona), Ray Burd (one of the original founders AZ Elite in 1996).

Julie Kresl was present for Valley Rehabilitation Associates to provide athletic training, provided photography and video and Chad Groth evaluated and covered for AreaCodes Basketball.


Each participant was provided in depth instruction and professional analysis through 4 total hours of intense on court skill work, over 60 minutes of competitive play and 45 minutes of chalk talk.

Players came away with renewed energy for the game, greater confidence, increased basketball IQ and an overall great experience.  The feedback has been astounding, parents and participants expectations were exceeded!

Ben Boyd  SEC
  1. Mary Eckenrode #9
  2. Erika Hinkle #48
  3. Kimayah Love #38
  4. Maya Banks #53
  5. Caitlin Bickle #58
  6. Taylor Chavez #63
  7. Alexis Hand #1
  8. Ozaria Fisher #0
  9. Tyra Euell-Long #56
James Parker  PAC 12
  1. Kendall Perry #23
  2. Quynne Huggins #26
  3. Armani Hawkins #21
  4. Monay Mariscal #30
  5. Hadley Nelson #22
  6. Maya Moore #42
  7. Grace Baranowski #5
  8. Ellie Waters #59
Keil Moore  ACC
  1. Noell Kellers #25
  2. Casey Wortley #2
  3. Sara Nichols #28
  4. Lauryn Satterwhite #51
  5. Sierra Gallego #55
  6. Jessie Pressler
  7. Alexis Todd #18
  8. Maddy Sulka #8
Kristy Wallner  BIG EAST
  1. Melody Medlock #54
  2. Xandra Miller #45
  3. Addie Buzas #31
  4. Brenna Doyle #57
  5. Madison Vick #62
  6. Lauren Donahue #50
  7. Lynsey Bentley #40
Dana Hawkins  BIG 10
  1. Kylee Davis #61
  2. Treyanna Clay #29
  3. Cerena Reeves #34
  4. Chante Church #3
  5. Kelsey Miranda #37
  6. Kylie Mack #7
  7. Makayla Vick #52
  8. Payton Whitmore#43

PAC 12 vs. ACC

SEC vs. PAC 12

PAC 12 vs. ACC

SEC vs. BIG 10