One of New Mexico's most promising players in the Class of 2018 is Point Guard Anthony Chavez (Aobuquerque, MN/Valley). After making 1st team All-State as a sophomore last year, there are high expectations coming into his Junior Campaign.
He has been putting in countless hours in the gym this summer, in preparation to dominate and be the straw who stirs the drink as he attempts to lead his team to a state title. Anthony is always willing to work and improve his game. He continues to get stronger and quicker. Anthony is very respectful and coachable, two characteristics that will take him far in his basketball career. Keep an eye on Chavez this year, as he will provide a great example of a true floor general and is an intense competitor.- Coach Malik Waters.
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Coach Ivany's Evaluation:
I'm looking forward to seeing Chavez in person at the New Mexico D1 Ambassadors Ranking Camp to see what strides he's made in his game since the end of last school season. I've not seen him personally so going strictly off tape, I like what I see.
He's a quality three point shooter, a capable and willing passer and shows the ability to score at all three levels; perimeter, mid range and at the rim. He's got some funky unorthodox moves that work for him. These are made possible by his excellent body control. I also like his feel for the mid range and his floater. He sees space and lets them fly at the right times.
What level he projects to is up in the air at the moment. MY constructive critiques are that he needs to improve hs athleticism and bounce. This can come with both maturity and hard work. I like his willingness to drive to the hoop but from what I see he's almost exclusively a right handed finisher, even when going left.
That works at the high school level but will quickly become one dimensional, easily defended and ineffective at the college level. Once again, this can be fixed with hard work. All in all a good prospect who's also shown the intangible of being a winner and gaining the respect of upper class man team mates.- Coach Max Ivany