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Video preview: Desert Pines basketball ready for challenge of new class

Las Vegas Sun High School Basketball Media Day 2018

Christopher DeVargas

Players of the Desert Pines High basketball team, from left, AJ Pullins, Milos Uzan, Deshawn Wiley and Cimarron Conriguez take a portrait during the Las Vegas Sun’s Media Day at Red Rock Resort and Casino on Oct. 30, 2018.

The Desert Pines basketball team has a new challenge this season. It’s a challenge coach Mike Uzan has long wanted.

The Jaguars, the two-time defending 3A state champions, were realigned to the large-school classification this season. That means competing against the likes of Bishop Gorman, Clark and Coronado — teams Uzan feels his is just as talented as — for a championship.

The Jags expect strong backcourt play with freshman Milos Uzan and junior AJ Pullens. Sophomore Dayshawn Wiley averaged 12 points per game last season.

Desert Pines has already proved itself in the new class, winning its initial three games.

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