Vincent Edward Mendoza
2018 point-forward KJ Hymes is a 6’10 sophomore out of St. Mary’s in Phoenix. The 5 star talent was in Tucson visiting during the Red-Blue Scrimmage and had a chance to take in the experience.
“We loved it. KJ is an in-state kid and he’s grown a lot and his skill set really fits the ticket as far as the offense is concerned and, as a father, the feel of the locker room really made the difference for me,” Kymes’ father told PGU.
KJ also had positive things to say about Arizona.
“Tucson is a great scene. You can just tell the whole city is revolved around the basketball team. You can tell that [Sean Miller} is raising great young men and he’s doing a great job with the guys,” he said.
There were some things that stood out to KJ during his visit.
“The locker room is great. I feel like it’s a good environment to be around. It just worked really well and Sean Miller made the players into a family and that’s something that you can see,” he said.
The 6’10 point forward models his game after NBA stars such as Paul George and Anthony Davis. He also respects the stars that have come out of the U of A.
“It was really cool to see Frye get into the ‘Ring of Honor’ because he went to my high school and that just shows me where I could get to by going to Arizona,” he said.
“Miller is not just trying to develop young pros but raising young men to be the best they can possibly be,” he told PGU. “The game was fun and they definitely have a lot of great talent but what caught my eye was the fan support for sure.”
Only a sophomore, Hymes is ready to show how his game has developed since last season.
“I can play inside and out and I can shoot the ball really well and I can take it inside. I just worked on getting stronger and playing with 17U really helped me over the summer playing with the older guys,” he told PGU.
His new AAU team will be the Las Vegas Prospects, where he’ll be teaming up with UA targets in 2017 Markus Howard and Troy Brown, Jr.
“This year I’m going to try and dominate both ends of the floor and exploit mismatches for our team. I’m really good at defending the basket and can really block shots so I’ll look for that this season.”
“Miller’s personality is what fits for me and the way he carries himself. He tells me the things that I need to be successful and with the players he’s put in the league he could take me to the next level.”