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Photo: Clark basketball players, from left, Colby Jackson
Clark gets the best of Desert Pines in regional championship game; rematch likely to come at state
Saturday, February 22, 2014
high school basketball:
The Clark High basketball team had been in this spot before against Desert Pines with a championship on the line. So, during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter today in the Division I-A Southern Region championship game, and with surely most in the Clark huddle thinking about when they blew a double-digit lead late in last year’s state championship game to Desert Pines, coaches reminded players of a message they’ve been preaching all season: Finish.
Photo: Basketball player and Desert Pines High School jun
This prospect on UNLV's radar is still developing, blowing up with recruiters this summer
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
high school basketball: Nate Grimes, a 6-foot-7 rising junior from Desert Pines High, is ranked as the nation's 41st player at his position
Most college basketball programs don’t recruit high school players still looking to crack the varsity team entering their junior year. Then again, most don’t possess the skills of Desert Pines High rising junior Nate Grimes. The 6-foot-7 forward already has a scholarship offer from Utah State and recruiting interest from others, including hometown UNLV, despite not playing one minute of varsity basketball. And get this: Grimes’ first time playing organized basketball came during his freshman year at Cheyenne High — when he was so raw and inexperienced, he was assigned to the ninth-grade team. He was ineligible as a sophomore.
Photo: Desert Pines Malik Davis (11), Julian Jacobs and T
Desert Pines rides star Jacobs in erasing 12-point fourth quarter deficit to down Clark for state title
Saturday, February 23, 2013
high school basketball: The championship is the first in any sport for Desert Pines, which opened in 1999
With the state high school basketball championship game tied and just seconds remaining, everyone at the Orleans Arena knew who would get the ball for Desert Pines High in the Division I-A finals against Clark. Julian Jacobs, a senior guard who is signed with USC, led a frantic comeback by Desert Pines in the fourth quarter, helping the Jaguars erase a 12-point deficit to set the table for the dramatic finish.
Photo: Desert Pines Julian Jacobs drives to the basket du
Nevada's best high school basketball team might still be debated after state tournament
Thursday, February 21, 2013
high school basketball: Desert Pines and Clark are destined to meet for Division I-A title Saturday, thriving all season in the shadow of larger-classification schools Gorman and Centennial
At the end of the Desert Pines High basketball team’s Tuesday practice, Jaguars coach Mike Uzan brought his players together underneath the basket on the far side of the gym and delivered a simple message: Let’s make history. Uzan urged them to seize the moment, reminding the teenagers their goal of being state champions was two victories away.
Photo: Baylor guard and former Desert Pines high standout
Desert Pines to retire Baylor standout Pierre Jackson's jersey Friday night
Friday, October 5, 2012
high school basketball:
Pierre Jackson was selected as the preseason basketball player of the year Thursday for the Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches. Yes, the 5-foot-10 Baylor point guard and Las Vegas native is one of college basketball’s best players. While he’s humbled by the honor, Jackson is even more excited about another award he’s receiving this week. The former Desert Pines High standout will have his basketball jersey No. 5 retired Friday at halftime of the Jaguars’ football game against Virgin Valley.
Photo: Desert Pines High School junior Julian Jacobs prac
Desert Pines guard Julian Jacobs commits to Utah basketball
Thursday, March 15, 2012
prep basketball:
One of the best high school basketball players to come out of northeast Las Vegas in years has verbally committed to play college basketball for one of that neighborhood’s all-time greats.
Foothill to have home-court advantage for the rest of the playoffs
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
high school basketball:
The Foothill High basketball team will be at an advantage for the rest of the Sunrise Regional playoffs. Foothill is the host site for the final two rounds of the tournament, giving the Southeast Division champion Falcons a leg up on other remaining teams. Foothill beat visiting Desert Pines 80-62 Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Photo: Desert Pines head coach Mike Uzan yells to his pla
Desert Pines coach, players grab victory in return to Eldorado
Thursday, December 15, 2011
high school basketball:
When the Desert Pines High basketball team jumped out to a 14-point advantage Thursday midway through the second quarter against host Eldorado, Jaguars coach Mike Uzan knew the lead wouldn’t be safe. After all, he is more than familiar with the talent and determination of the Eldorado players. Uzan is in his first year coaching at Desert Pines after spending the past 11 years on staff at Eldorado, his alma mater. Eldorado eventually rallied to take the lead with 3:38 remaining, but Desert Pines pulled out a hard-fought 70-67 victory in Uzan’s first game against his former team.
Desert Pines guard Julian Jacobs stands out even among a group of stars, part of Sun's Super Seven team
Desert Pines guard Julian Jacobs stands out even among a group of stars, part of Sun's Super Seven team
Monday, December 5, 2011
high school basketball:
This local high school basketball player will take college recruiters off the beaten path this winter on the recruiting trail. College coaches are a constant presence each season at local high school gyms in the Las Vegas Valley.

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