Section 7: Five Stock-Risers

We take a look at five players who helped themselves with college recruiters at last weekend's Section 7 Team Camp. We also list 55 more players whose play improved since our last eval of them.

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Jase Butler, Branson (Ross, Calif.) CG 6-4 2024
As one college coach said, Butler has "changed his life" in the past week and the offers are starting to roll in since the conclusion of the Section 7 Team Camp at State Farm Arena in Arizona. Butler's offensive approach makes college coaches sleep a bit better at night because he doesn't do anything out of his element, takes what is there and does the little things that affect winning. Butler has broad shoulders and knows how to use contact with defenders to gain an advantage, is also unselfish and a quality passer. We've known about Butler's exploits for some time, but also wanted to shout out his teammate, Semetri Carr, a 2025 point guard. Our evaluations of Carr put him much too low in the Cal-Hi Sports Hot 100 rankings for the Class of 2025 prospects in California, but he'll be ranked accordingly in the next shuffle. He was terrific as well over the June Scholastic events of the past two weekends.

Jalin Holland, Los Lunas (N.M.) SG 6-4 2025
Section 7 is a perfect environment for a team like Los Lunas and a player like Holland who is not near a populated city or in a region known as a hoops hot bed. In a pretty equal playing field as the one Section 7 offers, it doesn't matter, as the creme rises to the top and Holland definitely is a talent. He ended Section 7 with a reported 32.5 ppg average and now has offers from seven schools, including Missouri, Washington St., and TCU. Holland (whose father is a NCAA ref) has a terrific frame to absorb contact and sees the court a step ahead of most of his defenders. He is good in ball screen situations, can change direction well (which is a very underrated skill), and shoots it well on the move. He'll be a hot commodity during the July evaluation period.

Jasir Rencher, Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) SF 6-5 2025
The Crusaders have an abundance of talented prospects and were a team college coaches were eager to see after the team did not participate in California Live '23. Rencher was one whom did not disappoint, as he was scoring and rebounding at a high clip and playing well both off and on the ball as he improves his ball-handling. Rencher has high-major shot making ability and a nice pull-up jumper that he utilized well over the weekend. Rencher has a background as a multi-sport athlete and has a frame that stands out, especially since he can square up so well on his jumper. Some high majors are showing interest and he reports an offer from Minnesota.

Gavin Ripp, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) PF 6-7 2024
Winning certainly puts the spotlight on players and few took advantage as much at Section 7 as this do-it-all forward was able to. Ripp does a little bit of everything, and no particular facet of his game is a glaring weakness. He can handle it enough to use in a point forward situation and does a good job of converting around the basket while making plays for others. Ripp also had good touch on a variety of shots and is critical to the success of his Mitty team. He not only led Mitty to the NFHS Arizona Sports Commission division title, he also led his Monarchs team to a title in the Chevy Silverado Division at Cali Live in Southern California the weekend prior. His parents were terrific volleyball athletes and with his excellent 4.5 GPA, he'll be a perfect addition to a school with a high academic profile.

Jaden Steppe, Tualatin (Ore.) PF 6-7 2024
This powerfully built front court player is listed as a power forward, but his game is so much more than what a traditional player at that position does. He's a mismatch problem as a face-up four man who can step away from the basket and keep defenses honest with his perimeter shooting. Steppe can also push it off the glass and make good decisions, as well as score it in a variety of ways. In addition to his skill level, Steppe has good feel and hands and was credited with a monster performance against Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.), finishing with a reported 40 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. No wonder schools such as Montana State, UC Santa Barbara and Weber State have now offered.

More Stock-Risers
Aside from players already committed who played well at the event, the five previously mentioned above or in our event recap article, below is a list of players we evaluated at State Farm Arena who played better since our last eval and/or improved their recruiting stock with colleges of various levels (listed alphabetically by class).

Anthony Batson, Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 6-3 SG
Donovan Beard, Dobson (Mesa, Ariz.) 6-0 PG
Jai Anthony Bearden, Sunnyslope (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-6 PF
Kaia Berridge, Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) 6-3 PG
Samuel Chaverin, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 6-3 SG
Tiger Cuff, American Fork (Utah), 6-4 PG
Makhan Diouf, Bella Vista Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 6-11 2024
Dutch Dowdell, Olympus (Holladay, Utah) 6-4 CG
Tony Duckett, Carlsbad (Calif.) 6-3 SG
Cole Epperson, Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 6-7 PF
Winters Grady, Tualatin (Ore.) PF 6-7
Trevor Henning, Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wash.) 6-3 CG
Jaxon Johnson, Alta (Sandy, Utah) 6-7 SF
Brody Kozlowski, Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah) 6-7 SF
Kyle Lemke, Dixie (St. George, Utah) 6-8 PF
Austin Maurer, Cascade Christian (Medford, Ore.) 6-10 PF
Brycen Mackenzie, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, Calif.) 6-2 PG
Darrell Morris, West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.) 5-10 PG
R.J. Nance, Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-2 PG
Ring Nyeri, Liberty (Peoria, Ariz.) 6-8 PF
Devin Ringer, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.) 6-4 SG
Luke Shaw, Valley Christian (Chandler, Ariz.) 6-2 CG
Braeden Speed, Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-3 CG
Gavin Sykes, Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) 6-4 SG
Jordan Tillery, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 6-6 SF
Tyler Thompson, Vanden (Travis AFB, Calif.) 6-4 WF
Sammie Yeanay, AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) 6-8 PF

Brandon Benjamin, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-5 SF
Semetri Carr, Branson (Ross, Calif.) 6-0 PG
Benny Fragela, Columbus (Miami, Fla.) 6-3 SG
Jake Hall, Carlsbad (Calif.) 6-3 SG
Nick Jefferson, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-1 CG
Doug Langford, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy (Downey, Calif.) 6-8 PF
Anthony Moore III, Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) 6-5 SF
Mazi Mosley, Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) 6-4 PG
Bryce Quinet, Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 6-2 PG
C.J. Shaw, Mojave (Las Vegas, Nev.) 6-3 SG
Dillan Shaw, Heritage Christian (Northridge, Calif.) 6-5 SF
Michael Simcoe, Sandra Day O'Connor (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-8 SF
Jalen Stokes, Dublin (Calif.) 6-4 SF
Kingston Tosi, Millennium (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-6 PF
Jaylen Valdez, Capital Christian (Sacramento, Calif.) 6-0 PG
Owen Verna, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-3 SG

Christian Collins, St. Bernard (Playa del Rey, Calif.) 6-7 PF
Andrew Hillman, Riordan (San Francisco, Calif.) 6-3 SG
Chris Holland, Poly (Riverside, Calif.) 6-3 SG
Kaden House, Desert Mountain (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-3 CG
Ty Ingram, San Ysidro (Calif.) 6-3 SG
Myles Jones, Modesto Christian (Calif.) 6-2 CG
Brayden Kyman, Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.) 6-5 SF
Mason Magee, Basha (Chandler, Ariz.) 6-0 PG
Julius Price, St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) 6-2 PG
Daylen Sharper, Brophy Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-4 PG
Cristian Simmons, Sunnyslope (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6-7 PF
Joe Sterling, Crespi (Encino, Calif.) 6-4 SG

Ronnie Flores is the national Grassroots editor of He can be reached at [email protected]. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores


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