St. Mary's sophomore guard Styles Phipps (1) drives down court against Moon Valley at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, Ariz.  on Monday, Feb.  7, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Alex Gould - The Republic

Suns coach Monty Williams’ son among Arizona HS basketball players taking stage at Section 7

It’s only June, but this is the time for Arizona high school basketball teams to make a statement. Not only locally but nationally.

Section 7 provides a platform to show what they can do and maybe make amends from last year when it was a humbling experience for state powers such as Phoenix St. Mary’s, Gilbert Perry, Phoenix Sunnyslope and Phoenix Mountain Pointe.

But all those teams got better from playing against top teams from California and other parts of the country.

Here’s a look at some Arizona teams and players to watch for Thursday through Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, including Scottsdale Christian freshman Elijah Williams, the son of Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams.

Styles Phipps keeps emerging at St. Mary’s

Style Phipps turned heads last year at Section 7 as a sophomore. This is now his team and he’s just a junior. The All-Arizona point guard keeps growing his game and is never satisfied. Watch for him to take over more. He bleeds green and won’t let the Knights take a back seat to anyone. Those around him should get better. The Knights are playing in the Visit Arizona bracket and open Friday at 1:10 pm, against ‘Iolani School of Hawaii on Court 5.

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