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Top dogs shine at Section 7

26, Jun 2023

Top dogs shine at Section 7

GLENDALE, AZ - The stage of Section 7 stands alone in the busy month of June recruiting. The scholastic NCAA Live Period returned back to State Farm Stadium with all of the fanfare worthy of the waves of college recruiters. Who were the top dogs from the action? 

The answer is lots. This is our first go-round at the top overall performers from the weekend. 

Cameron Boozer, Columbus: At this point of the game, what else can we say with Boozer? He’s one of the best amateur basketball players on Planet Earth and each and every time out, he backs that up. In this particular setting, our No. 1 player in the class of 2025 did what he always does - dominate in every category of the game. 

Just take a look at this: 

Columbus beat De La Salle (CA) 70-31, Park Center (MN) 87-55, Corona Centennial (CA) 71-41 and Harvard-Westlake (CA) 75-60. That’s an average margin of victory of 29 points a game. And these were some of the best teams in the entire field, particularly the latter two wins. Harvard-Westlake drew within four points in the second half of the Explorers and that was really the only time a team connected on a flurry of punches against the South Florida squad. That’s domination. That’s a heck of a weekend. 

Boozer was in the middle of all of this. His ability to score in the post is one of the best I’ve ever covered in my career. He raises the stakes for everyone around him because the action becomes so much easier if he’s on the floor. His play with his twin brother, Kayden, was brilliant. Their pick and roll action was tremendous.

Cayden Boozer, Columbus: It is hard to not notice the play of his twin Cameron each and every game. He’s big, he’s physical, he’s around the rim and he’s the first guy you see out on the floor. For Cayden, he’s stacking up good years. Boozer was outstanding in Glendale. His play checked all of the boxes of a high-level, All-American prospect. Quite frankly, in a year that saw Jamal Murray win a world championship, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that guards are taking pieces of the Denver Nugget and using for their own. That’s who I saw when I watched Cayden Boozer. His Murray flavor was on point. 

Boozer ran the pick-and-roll beautifully with his brother and worked lob passes to his slashing teammates. His confidence is shooting through the roof as a lead guard. His passing is on point and he is finding the good end of a decision, limiting his turnovers. 

His recruitment is blue-blood centric, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Lock Cayden Boozer into the top 25 and never take him out during his high school career.


Brandon McCoy, St. John Bosco (CA): Simply put: He just knows how to play like a great one. Never rushed, always poised and keen for knocking in the shots that matter, McCoy doesn’t play like a player from the class of 2026. He calmly delivers big plays on big stages. St. John Bosco went 4-0 on the weekend, racking up wins against Owyhee, Desert Mountain, Millennium and Roosevelt. That quartet went 96-23 last season. 

McCoy is a top 10 player in the class of 2026 from my point of view. He has all of the tools of an All-American type of player. McCoy has been one of the best guards in the nation this spring and early summer regardless of class. 

We are seeing the depth of the 2026 really shine through and this could be a memorable group. For guys like McCoy, he’s putting space between himself and the rest of the pack in a big way.


Kaden House, Desert Mountain: Consider this a separation weekend for the young guard from metro Phoenix. His play on this stage was outstanding. House has always had a knack for scoring. That part is easy for the class of 2026 guard from Phoenix. But what we saw from him on this massive Section 7 stage was nothing short of terrific. 

He scored at every level and made it look easy. After pumping in 26 points a game as a sophomore, House hasn’t let up. I’d argue he’s getting substantially better on offense. His shot selection was on point and he knew how and when to go out and get a big bucket. House was fun to watch in motion and his non-stop energy put pressure on defenders from tip to final buzzer. 

House has all of the makeup of one of the best scorers nationally in 2026. Arizona head man Tommy Lloyd made it a point to lay some eyes on him inside State Farm Stadium.


Jalin Holland, Los Lunas: There seems to be a player each and every year that takes their recruitment to the moon after a stellar showing at Section 7. This year it was, undoubtedly, Holland. He was an absolute scoring machine on this platform. 

Holland was a man on a mission and proved himself as the best scorer in the field in 2023. The 6-foot-3 guard went from a sleeper from New Mexico to a must-see hooper for schools of high-major conferences and mid-major contenders. Holland gave coaches something to come back and watch. As of Monday morning, Holland currently holds seven offers and that number is trending upward. 

He can shoot, can attack, can pull up and play well in transition. Over the course of four games, he put in 35 points a game for Los Lunas.


Justin Young

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series.