Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 8-14 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.
THIS WEEK’S WAFD BANK PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Carson Biggs, Desert Mountain: Biggs, a senior, led the team in scoring with 23 points Thursday, helping Desert Mountain nab a 60-58 overtime victory over Arcadia.
Bailon Black, Ironwood: Dropping a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds Saturday, the senior helped lift Ironwood to a 75-60 victory over Desert Mountain.
Nico Castaneda, Salpointe Catholic: The senior knocked down the winning shot with just under five seconds left Saturday to lift the Lancers to a 63-61 victory over Deer Valley.
Colin Carey, Sunrise Mountain: Carey, a senior, closed his career Saturday with 22 points, 16 of them coming in the second half, in a 71-60 loss to Gilbert.
Patrick Chew, Brophy: In the Broncos’ 70-66 win over Liberty on Saturday, Chew led the team in points and rebounds, with 18 and 10, respectively. The junior was 7 for 10 from the line.
Steinar Christianson, Ironwood: The senior was huge inside the paint Saturday, posting 12 points and nine rebounds to help Ironwood defeat Desert Mountain 75-60.
Aaron Foote, Hamilton: Foote, a junior, posted his first double-double Thursday with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Hamilton defeat Desert Ridge 68-48.
Miles Guliford, Liberty: The senior led the team in scoring with 19 points Thursday to help Liberty win its first 6A playoff game, 102-84 against Desert Vista.
Grady Lewis, Sunnyslope: It was a dominant game Thursday inside the paint offensively and defensively for the senior, who helped the Vikings advance to the semifinals by posting 35 points and 12 rebounds in a 73-58 victory over Corona del Sol.
Jackson Leyba, Deer Valley: The senior joined the 1,000 career points club in Wednesday’s 62-33 rout of Sahuaro.
Jake Lifgren, Centennial: The junior had an explosive game for Centennial on Saturday, posting a game-high 28 points and six rebounds to help power the Yotes to a 67-55 victory over Cactus Shadows.
Trenton McLaughlin, Basha: The senior and Basha’s leading scorer continued to do what he does best Thursday, putting up 25 points to help the Bears knock off Highland 61-52.
Preston Olney, Coconino: In Coconino’s 45-34 victory over Mesquite on Saturday, the senior had 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals to help the team advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1989.
Nikko Pentelute, Gilbert: Putting up a game-high 26 points Saturday, the junior helped lead the Tigers to the semifinals with a 71-60 victory against Sunrise Mountain.
Brady Ramon, Salpointe Catholic: With 15 of his 22 points coming before halftime Saturday, the senior helped Salpointe Catholic advance with a 63-61 victory over Deer Valley.
Elijah Saunders, Sunnyslope: Saunders, a junior, posted 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s 43-33 victory over Basha.
Jalen Scott, Paradise Honors: The senior helped Paradise Honors advance to its third semifinal in three separate conferences and closed his career at home undefeated. Scott was close to averaging a triple-double through two playoff games (9.5 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).
JJ White, Ironwood: The senior set a record for wins during his career at Ironwood, surpassing the previous record of 83 and advancing to 84-22 overall, in Saturday’s 75-60 win over Desert Mountain. He also set the record for three-pointers made, knocking down 207 with at least one game remaining.