High school girls Basketball preview: Sophomore Clay already on national radar

2012-12-01T00:00:00Z High school girls Basketball preview: Sophomore Clay already on national radarAndrew Cockrum Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Treyanna Clay didn't just play varsity basketball for Catalina Foothills as a freshman.

She dominated.

"I knew she had a lot of skills to offer at the next level, but it wasn't until seeing her against the varsity competition that I was able to see what she could really do," Catalina Foothills coach Peter Fajardo said.

"Knowing that she was only a freshman I could just see her really expanding her game and developing into a really good player."

In her first year with the Falcons, Clay averaged 14.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.

Her 339 points were the most by any Catalina Foothills player last season. Clay also led her section in free throws made and attempted by converting 105 of 182.

"Going against juniors and seniors she was able to hold her own, especially in the interior, and she didn't back down," Fajardo said.

Clay attributes her success from her freshman year to point guard Julia Cooper, who helped feed the ball to Clay down low for numerous scoring opportunities.

As a sophomore this season, the 15-year-old Clay said she wants to become a more diverse player by developing her perimeter game.

"My guard skills are pretty good," Clay said. "I workout with the ex-(Arizona State University) point guard (Kitch Kitchen) in Phoenix, so she has been helping me with that."

Kitchen has also been coaching Clay with the Arizona Magic club team.

The Magic is one of two club teams she plays for during the offseason. The other one is the Tucson Shock, a squad her father, Darrell Peoples, coaches.

Her play on those clubs along with her strong performance her freshman year at Catalina Foothils have helped her gain national attention.

According to the Next Level Sports Service, Clay is ranked as the 67th best player in the nation for her graduating class.

"(The ranking) means a lot to me, considering all the work that I have put in to get to where I am now," Clay said.

Coaches at the collegiate level have also begun taking interest in her skills.

"I have a few colleges who are sending me letters, obviously they can't talk to me yet, but I want to go D-I," Clay said.

Fajardo has received calls asking about her from Northern Arizona, Dartmouth and Columbia.

As for this season, the 5-foot-11-inch Clay and her Falcon teammates would like to improve on their 17-9 finish from last season and reach the Division II state tournament.

Catalina Foothills has less players on its roster this year, but Fajardo said the Falcons have the necessary talent for a successful year.

"Our bench is a little thinner, but I think overall as a team our skill sets are better," he said.

Watch list

• Alexa Arndt, Sr., Sabino

• Gabby Banales, Jr., Cienega

• Treyanna Clay, So., Catalina Foothills

• Alexis Cortez, Fr., Tucson

• Gabrielle Courtney, Sr., Pusch Ridge Christian

• Chelsey Hunsaker, Sr., Sahuaro

• Lyndsay Leikem, Sr., Flowing Wells

• Olivia Snyder, Sr., Green Fields Country Day

• Sydni Stallworth, So., Palo Verde

• Nidja Thomas, Sr., Sierra Vista Buena

Note: Selections made by Star staff in consultation with area coaches

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