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Ever since top recruit DeAndre Ayton transferred to Hillcrest Prep in October to join top recruit Marvin Bagley III, the program has taken off like a rocket ship in its first year. Hillcrest was already in good hands when the 6-foot-11 Bagley transferred from Tempe Corona del Sol, where he was already considered among the top players in Arizona history after one season.
According to the Arizona Republic, the program even landed a major Nike sponsorship after Bagley's arrival. Currently 3-0 in exhibitions this season the 6'11 Bagley and 7'1 Ayton are both averaging more than 30 points per game. The duo had a combined 61 Pts against Cochise Community College on Friday. **Follow Mars Reel on Instagram for full-season coverage of Hillcrest Prep**
***Follow #marsreel for full-season coverage of Hillcrest Prep*** @hillcrestprephoops' 6'11 @mb3five and 7'1 @deandreayton are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season. Hillcrest is currently 3-0 in exhibitions so far w/ Bagley and Ayton each averaging 30+ PPG. Full recap at TheMarsReel.com Music: “I know the plug” by @scrufacejean
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Does the newest prep academy have the best high school basketball team in the country?
Only time will tell, and the wait won't be long.
Hillcrest Prep is trying to build a national powerhouse in the heart of Phoenix and if they are going to prove themselves, the time is now.
Hillcrest boasts a national schedule pitting them against the nation's perennial basketball powerhouses such as Huntington Prep and Oak Hill Academy, with many of their games to be televised on ESPN.
They also have received an invite to the Hoophall Invitationals where they will play against the Athlete Institute of Canada, which features 7-foot senior Thon Maker, the No. 1 player in the nation for the 2016 class.
According to the Arizona Republic, there will also be a game in San Francisco against Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep, which features 6-7 senior Josh Jackson who is ranked third in the 2016 class by ESPN.
Hillcrest's next game is on Tuesday in Phoenix, AZ against South Mountain Community College.