Iris Azcona, a high school basketball player who spent her freshman year at Life Center in Burlington, NJ, transferred to powerhouse Trenton Catholic Academy (TCA) as a sophomore last season to prove she can play with, and against, some of the best female hoopsters in the state.
In limited action at TCA, Azcona scored 56 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in nine contests in the 2019-20 campaign.
Sure, decent numbers for the 5-foot-9 junior combo guard. But on December 12th, with the New Jersey high school basketball pushed back to January due to COVID-19 concerns, Azcona will suit with the AAU Hoopers NY at the ultra competitive Spooky Nook Winter Tournament in Pennsylvania.
It is Azcona’s opportunity to continue her pursuit of excellence against more top level players who are division I commits and others who possess D I-level-type of talent with an excellent travel hoops program.
Hoopers NY Head Coach Dan Melious could not say enough positive things about Azcona’s play and character, not too mention her 4.2 GPA.
“She’s a gym rat,” Melious said. “She shoots with range, is a tough on ball defender, strong, and sees the court well. Plus, she’s smart, has a high (basketball) IQ, and loves the game. She’s getting mid-major looks and calls.”
To step up her game, Melious said Azcona has been training with his daughter, Nicole, a Hoopers NY player and sophomore star at Staten Island’s Wagner High School. Nicole has garnered several D I basketball offers, and has been lighting up courts on the AAU and high school circuits for some time now.
Therefore, Coach Melious believes the workouts with the phenom should help Azcona’s hoops reach a new level.
And time will tell in due course for Azcona.
— Jerry Del Priore