Standouts from The Grind Session's Duel in the Desert
The Grind Session's Duel in the Desert event took place in Glendale, Arizona with some of the nation's best teams coming out for the event. The event featured Link Academy, AZ Compass Prep, Dream City Christian, Southern California Academy, Bella Vista Prep, and more.
Let's take a look at some standouts from the event.
Garwey Dual (Southern California Academy) - 14.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 5 SPG
The Providence commit has had a huge senior season and continued to impress in Arizona. Dual was consistent through two games, showing off his patience as he attacked and made floaters and layups over defenders. Dual has a high IQ and showed that in defensive lanes, reading passes and securing seven steals in Southern California Academy’s first game.
Cameron Carr (Link Academy) - 18 PPG (70.6% FG and 64.2% from three), 2.5 RPG
The Tennessee commit was arguably the best shooter on the weekend for any team. His 24-point performance against Dream City Christian was a big reason why Link walked away victorious, as he hit six threes in the game. Carr didn’t miss a shot in his second game and finished with 12 points. He has been a huge contributor to the #1 team in the nation.
Link Academy maintains its undefeated record with an 87-83 win over Dream City Christian.— Griffin Greenberg (@griffgreenberg) January 28, 2023
Cameron Carr scored 24 pts & hit 6 threes (many down the stretch). 5⭐️ Ja'Kobe Walter had 22 pts & 4 stl. Cade Phillips was dominant inside with 18 pts & 9 reb. @cameroncarr43 @LinkHoops pic.twitter.com/b7k7N17FqR
David Tubek (Dream City Christian) - 24 PPG (70.8% FG and 45.4% from three), 7 RPG, 3 APG, 1.5 SPG
Tubek had a monster weekend for Dream City Chrisitan and was arguably the best player on the court. Facing one of the top teams in the country in Link Academy, Tubek scored 13 points in the 4th quarter alone missing just one shot. He drew fouls while attacking and finishing inside and hitting threes. Tubek is headed to Memphis for college and is currently averaging 15.2 PPG in The Grind Session.
Zayden High (AZ Compass Prep) - 22 PPG (62.5% FG), 9 RPG
High was the most efficient scorer for AZ Compass on their dominant weekend. The NIBC squad won their two games by an average of 44.5 points. High used his size to finish inside, notably securing nine offensive rebounds in the team’s second game and scoring multiple second-chance baskets. The North Carolina commit has played well for AZ Compass recently, putting together the near- double-double weekend and scoring 15 points at Hoophall Classic weeks before.
Ja'Kobe Walter (Link Academy) - 18 PPG (45.4% from three), 4.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.5 SPG
The McDonald’s All American and Link Academy played a couple of tough Arizona teams in Dream City Christian and Bella Vista and came up on top to maintain their perfect record. Walter was effective at each end while showcasing different skills in each game. Walter had key rebounds in the matchup with Dream City Christian, along with tough buckets inside and some impressive defense. In the second game, he got his teammates more involved while still hitting four of his seven threes. Walter is a 5-star committed to Baylor.
Luke Bamgboye (Bella Vista Prep) - 17.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2 BPG
The 2024 4-star is a dominant force inside. His scoring looks polished around the hoop and he makes a big impact with his rebounding and defense. It seems like Bamgboye knows where to be to secure rebounds, and he showed that off with a 16-point, 12-rebound performance against Link Academy. Bamgboye is averaging 11.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 1.4 BPG this season.
Vince Delano (AZ Compass Prep) - 13.5 PPG (62.5% FG and 77% from three), 2.5 RPG, 1 SPG
Delano made an instant impact upon checking in for AZ Compass. In just eight minutes, he delivered an 18-point performance shooting 7-9 from the field and 4-4 from three in the team’s blowout win over SFBA Trinity Prep. Delano is a high-energy player that brings a different level of intensity on the defensive end and can catch fire with his shooting on the offensive side. The Portland commit also has a very high motor.
Khaman Maker (SFBA Trinity Prep) - 14.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.5 BPG
The 2024 7’2” big was dominant inside all weekend for SFBA Trinity Prep. He was very effective on both ends, using his length to score inside and block shots. Maker also showed off his physicality on each end which is a great sign in someone of his size utilizing that. Maker has improved at a rapid rate and is someone to look out for in that 2024 class.
Marqui Worthy (Veritas Prep) - 22 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 4 APG, 2.5 SPG
Worthy is a very skilled scorer and showed that on the weekend, along with his ability to be a playmaker. The UMass committed had a near triple-double in Veritas Prep’s second game as he finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. His patience and scoring inside and out make him an intriguing recruit. He’s averaging 16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 4.6 APG on the season.
Arne Osojnik (Dream City Christian) - 16 ppg (50% from three), 3 RPG, 2.5 APG
Osojnik has played very well for Dream City Christian this season and did so on the weekend. Osojnik is a wing that contributes on each end and has shown off elite shooting skills. He had players from Link Academy chase after him all game to prevent him from shooting threes. Osojnik is averaging 10.3 PPG while shooting 44.4% from three this season.