As leaders in the eyes of these young men, we do not take the opportunity lightly to provide a safe environment for our student-athletes to grow academically, emotionally, and physically during their time at AZ Compass. Our entire campus is supporting your child’s dreams of playing basketball professionally. We have designed our program to build pros on and off the floor. In the process, we strive to become part of your family, as you become part of ours.
NIBC HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL LEAGUE
10 Member Institutions:
AZ Compass Prep (Phoenix, AZ)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
La Lumiere (La Porte, IN)
Legacy Early College (Greenville, SC)
Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL)
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, KS)
Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, UT)
Long Island Lutheran, (Long Island, NY)
Bishop Walsh School (Cumberland, MD)
2022 -23 Schedule
Frank Jackson National Hoopfest (Pleasant Grove, UT)
Montverde Academy (November 22, 2022)
Sunrise Christian (November 23, 2022)
Wasatch Academy (December 1, 2022)
Bishop Walsh (December 2, 2022)
HoopHall West (Phoenix, AZ)
Wasatch Academy (December 9, 2022)
IMG Academy (December 10, 2022)
La Porte, IN
Legacy (January 6, 2022)
Oak Hill Academy (January 7, 2022)
HoopHall East (Springfield, MA)
Oak Hill Academy (January 15, 2023)
IMG Academy (January 16, 2023)
La Lumiere (February, 24)
East Expansion (February 25, 2022)
NIL & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES
Fresh Focus Sports Documentary –
Throughout the highs & lows of our 2021 – 2022 season, Fresh Focus Sports captured tense moments of success on the floor, hardships in the locker room, and ultimately the ‘coming together’ of our team this season. Catch our 10 episode documentary on Youtube, as this will best represent what being a part of brotherhood is truly like.
Pro/Media Day –
Our first annual Pro/Media was a major success, with over 100 in attendance from Division I coaches, to media outlets both local/nationwide, and NBA personnel.
NIL Opportunity –
We are open and equipped with the right leadership to assist with NIL opportunities for our athletes to make an income based off their likeness. We want our athletes to take part in financial opportunities during their time with AZ Compass Prep. We also have current athletes already partaking in this process.
STRENGHTH, CONDITIONING & PHYSICAL THERAPY
Physical Therapy | Strength & Conditioning:
Student-Athletes that attend AZ Compass Prep receive strength and conditioning practices as part of their daily routine during their time with the program. AZ Compass focuses on benchmarking students and follow their performance to ensure they increase strength, conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention, and recovery in order to perform at the demanding level of play in which we compete. AZ Compass provides in-house recovery and partners with physical therapy companies in the Phoenix, AZ area for more demanding needs.
Bringing Dakota Keays-Clark to the Dragon Family comes with high-energy, commitment to player success, and an educated background on injury prevention. Dakota joins the staff as a former/current trainer in the community. Dakota will train our athletes in-house within our weight room and other athletic facilities.
Team meals are catered multiple times a week for our athletes to have for lunch before fully-scheduled afternoons of weight training, practice, and additional workouts. Additionally, AZ Compass provides recovery proteins, shakes, and bars to athletes following demanding practices/workouts.
SPORTS MEDICINE AND MEDICAL CARE
Individual and team skill workouts are an important aspect of our daily routine at AZ Compass under the direction of Coach “Mo”. Coach “Mo” trains a list of professional athletes during the off-season in our gym and around the country. Additionally, we have him on campus as part of our education staff, making him a familiar face for our athletes in their academic and athletic career.
Emily Gracyk is a major part of our success on the
floor, as she assists athletes with recovery, preparing for games, and ensuring each athlete is ready to compete at their best on a daily basis. Emily is a full-time member of our basketball staff, as well as an education leader in the classroom. Her team includes bright, energized students from our campus in efforts to lead youth toward understanding different career opportunities in athletics. Emily travels with our team, as she is a crucial component of supporting nutritional awareness for meals on the road, as well as athletic training needs.
Dr. Jason Lake, M.D. who is a orthopedic surgeon. He is well-known for his practice at Ortho Arizona. He works closely with Emily to support injury knowledge and recognizing needs for further care.
AZ COMPASS BASKETBALL LEADERSHIP
Zyzick Owens, Vice President, Skyline Education Inc, Basketball Operations
From the beginning of building a basketball program at AZ Compass Prep, Zy has been the head of building a culture of high academics, competitive basketball, and creating opportunities for everyone that works alongside him. Zy works daily with the team as a mentor, leader, and attends to other basketball operation matters. Zy travels with the team and is the source for each family member of our players to reach out to at any time, day or night. From travelling on official visits with players, to attending games of our former graduates, Zy is always in the mix with being a part of our student-athlete’s lives far past the game of basketball. This culture is a brotherhood, with Zy as one of our most important leaders.
Ronda Owens, CEO, Skyline Education Inc, Basketball Academic Advisor
“Mama O” started Skyline Education, Inc. opportunities out of a small church, with plans to help each individual student fulfill their dreams. As the Academic Advisor for our athletes, Mrs. Owens works diligently and very closely with NCAA requirements, class scheduling for each player, and is ultimately there to assist with any tutoring needs our student-athletes have during their time with AZ Compass. “Mama O” is known for hosting players over for dinner, providing a safe environment for them to get their grades up, have a home-cooked meal, and of course, watch basketball.
AZ COMPASS PREP MEDIA
From catching Lebron James courtside at AZ Compass games, to providing sneak peaks of our program behind the scenes, Zach Latimer has been part of the design behind our social media.
Creating edits, providing graphics, highlight films, and more are all a small part of Zach’s talents. Choosing to join AZ Compass and our program will come with an inhouse photography team that does their best to provide content for each individual to post on their social media feeds.
Media Production Team:
Behind the scenes of AZ Compass basketball, Griffin Greenburg works as the head of our media production team, creating content for our social media outlets to give viewers an insight on our program. Griffin is also the voice of AZ Compass basketball, as you will hear him in player interviews on our TikTok, broadcasting on our livestream, and much more.
Griffin has also begun his own business in writing in-depth player reviews and ratings for the EYBL circuit, as well as other events around the country.
BASKETBALL FILM | VIDEO
Coach August Mendes has been a part of the grassroots basketball scene in Phoenix, Arizona for many years, first as a head assistant under Mike Bibby at Shadow Mountain High School. During his tenure with Shadow Mountain High School, Coach August was a part of a 4x State Championship run that established them as one of the premier programs in the country. Reaching Geico Nationals, top-5 national rankings, and coaching on a global level in various formats are all a small aspect of Coach August’s resume.
As a member of the coaching staff for AZ Compass Basketball, August will be the head of video breakdown, scouting opponents, and delivering learning components to grow our players in the film room. Additionally, Coach August will assist with overseeing the academic success of each individual player.
“JOIN OUR DRAGON FAMILY, OUR BROTHERHOOD.”