All-State Stock Watch gives credit to the scorers

January, 4, 2012
Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Dewayne Russell, Peoria, Senior

Russell, an All-State fourth-teamer, averaged 21.7 points per game last season. This year he might challenge for the state's scoring title. In leading Peoria to an 11-1 start, Russell is averaging 28.5 points per game. The Southern Cal recruit is also putting up better than five assists and five steals per game.

OTP: Bryce Gosar, Sunnyslope, Senior

Sunnyslope is off to a 12-3 start and Gosar's impressive scoring production is a big reason why. The senior guard is averaging 27.3 points per night, but it's been a few of his most recent performances that have been most impressive. He dropped 44 points on Dec. 20 against Washington on 17-of-28 shooting. Continued production could help the Vikings contend this year.

UTR: Jessie Arias, Douglas, Senior

After opening his season with a 48-point effort against Empire, Arias has continued scoring at a torrid pace. He dropped 51 on Benson on Dec. 10 and is currently averaging 31.7 points per contest. Thanks to his exceptional shooting touch, the Bulldogs are 8-3 this season.



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