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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:45 pm

Much has been made about the top talent in the 2014 recruiting class in football being possibly the best in Arizona history.

It very well maybe, but so might be the 2014 boys basketball class.

“I think the class of 2014 in terms of legitimate D1 players might be as good as any I can recall,” Corona del Sol coach Sam Duane Jr. said. “There is a lot of depth in this class and some players that will make impacts right away at the next level.”

These kids can play and have garnered the attention of some of the top programs in the west.

There are two prospects headed to Stanford (Sunnyslope’s Michael Humphrey and Pinnacle’s Dorian Pickens), two headed to BYU (Mesa Mountain View’s Payton Dastrup, Highland’s Jake Toolson), two headed to Arizona State (Former Desert Vista and current Corona del Sol big man Connor MacDougal and Dobson’s Kodi Justice).

Corona’s Casey Benson chose Oregon and South Mountain’s Zylan Cheatham is headed to San Diego State.

It will be interesting to see three or four years from now whether the football or basketball prospects have a bigger impact on their teams and possibly gain national attention.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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