Three Findlay Prep seniors still unsigned

Most of the dust has settled on the current college basketball recruiting cycle.

But plenty of intrigue remains for Findlay Prep’s trio of unsigned seniors.

Findlay Prep power forward Anthony Bennett, combo guard Amedeo Della Valle and center Matt Willms are still trying to make decisions on their futures before the NCAA’s spring signing period closes May 16.

Pilots coach Michael Peck said Wednesday that Bennett is still considering scholarship offers from UNLV, Kentucky, Florida and Oregon and hopes to decide in a couple of weeks. SportsNet New York reported Thursday that Bennett had eliminated Washington from consideration.

The 6-foot-8-inch Bennett is widely considered the top unsigned senior in the nation.

“Probably the reason why it’s taken time is he wants to be sure of it,” Peck said of Bennett’s choice. “He’ll do his due diligence and make the decision that’s best for him.”

Peck said Della Valle is on an official visit to Ohio State and will return today. Della Valle, an elite perimeter shooter, also is eyeing Texas A&M and Gonzaga.

Texas-El Paso and Providence are showing the most interest in the 7-foot Willms, according to Peck.

■ RECENT COMMITMENTS – Local seniors who committed to Division I programs include Green Valley girls volleyball libero Alexa Drost (Stetson), Bishop Gorman girls equestrian rider Kayla Hillegass (Kansas State), Gorman boys track middle distance runner Julian Jalani (Montana), Centennial girls lacrosse midfielder Andrea Killebrew (San Diego State), Palo Verde boys basketball forward Jordyn Martin (Northern Arizona), Shadow Ridge boys volleyball outside hitter Tanner Maxwell (Grand Canyon), Desert Oasis girls golfer Darleen Raymond (Alabama State), Palo Verde boys soccer midfielder Alexander Shackley (Manhattan), Spring Valley girls tennis player Tiffany Tavares (Tennessee) and Gorman baseball left-hander Adam Wozniak (Portland).

Others who committed include Centennial sophomore softball players Heather Bowen (Utah) and Savannah Horvath (Cal State Northridge), Coronado junior girls soccer goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner (Oklahoma), Faith Lutheran junior girls golfer Anne Freman (Santa Clara) and Green Valley junior girls soccer defender Nicole Westover (UNLV).

■ ALL-USA PICKS – Gorman senior wing and UCLA signee Shabazz Muhammad was named to USA Today’s All-USA High School Boys Basketball First Team on Wednesday.

Findlay Prep senior forwards Bennett and Brandon Ashley took second- and third-team honors.

■ FOOTBALL HIRES – A Bonanza spokesperson said the Bengals hired former Legacy assistant Chad Dobar as Bonanza’s football coach.

Dobar replaces Shawn Dupris, who went 7-3 last season before leaving to become coach at Damonte Ranch in Reno.

In other confirmed football hires, Rancho chose former Cheyenne coach Perryn Hale to replace Elvin Dick, who resigned, and Western hired former Chaparral coach Donnie Davis to replace Fernando Carmona, who resigned.

■ CANNON WINS SILVER – Green Valley freshman wrestler Sean Cannon won a silver medal at the FILA Cadets Dinko Petrov International Memorial Tournament in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, on April 8.

Cannon finished 4-1 while competing in the Greco Roman style for Team Suples/USA.

■ SOCCER ALL-STARS – The 20th Green Valley Rotary Club High School All-Star Soccer Games will be May 23 at UNLV, with the girls match at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7. Tickets are $5.

Contact reporter Tristan Aird at or 702-387-5203. Follow him on Twitter: @tristanaird.

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