DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

XCP basketball players have big plans

The 2017-18 basketball season will be here before you know it, and a pair of seniors-to-be are preparing to establish their leadership for Xavier Prep and perhaps decide what they will do once they put away their blue-and-green jerseys.
Perhaps no player is looking forward to getting back on the floor more than Alana Kelley, a 6-foot forward-guard.
She had solid seasons as a freshman and sophomore, but missed her junior year with a knee injury that required surgery.
But her father, Xavier coach Stephen Moss, said she has been diligent in her rehabilitation and has worked out with regularity as she heads for the summer league season and the regular season. Kelley has tried out for some USA Basketball teams in the past and Moss said there is a good chance that she could do it again.
Moss said Kelley has had 13 NCAA Division I offers to this point and has visited/is visiting a handful of Ivy League schools such as Brown and Dartmouth. The Ivy League is the likely destination for Kelley, who also is good in academics, according to Moss.
“I think she is ready to commit early,’’ Moss said. “She is ready to play in the summer league and is feeling good about her knee. She has been working out, but at the same time you don’t want to rush into anything.’’
The 6-1 Hassett teamed with 6-1 senior-to-be Montana Oltrogge to form a tough tandem under that basket in 2016-17. Both players also have been slowed by knee difficulties at various points, but appear to be healthy.
Moss said Hassett has received a full-rise offer from Arizona Christian University in Phoenix and is looking at other options, including a couple of Ivy League possibilities.

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