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Shaylee Scabby during a break from a basketball game as a member of the Arizona Elite, Gold 17U. Scabby, a senior at Skyline High School, traveled the country in July to play AAU basketball. Some photos courtesy of Scabby Family.

Shaylee Scabby’s Basketball Travels

The game she loves has taken her across the country to unfamiliar cities, and Shaylee Scabby is making the most of it on the basketball court.

Scabby, a senior at Skyline High School in Mesa, finished up a succesful Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) summer in Atlanta, Georgia, as a champion. She played for a summer club team called Arizona Elite, Gold 17U.

The Atlanta tournament was part of the Adidas Gauntlet Series, which included a July stop in Kansas City, Missouri and a tournament in Phoenix in April. Scabby’s team also participated in a July tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Scabby said her team won the championship in Kentucky and got second place in Kansas City.

In Atlanta, Scabby’s team won the consolation championship for the Gold Division after a first-round loss. The team finished the tournament on a four-game winning streak, including a 14-point comeback and a 6-point championship game win over Excel Greyhounds Black on July 29.

Shaylee Scabby competing for Arizona Elite, Gold 17U. (submitted photo)
“It was our senior year. We had five seniors on our team and the win got emotional for all of us,” Scabby said.

The next morning, Scabby was back at the Way of Life Facility training in the weight room. She’s working to get faster and quicker on the court.

It was Scabby’s first summer playing with Arizona Elite, and she was the only Native American player on her team. Arizona Elite also has two other teams, Black 17U and White 17U.

Shaylee Scabby works out at the WOLF.
Scabby said she enjoyed playing club ball, especially playing against the top talent and bigger girls. But nerves come and go playing against top talent in front of college coaches.

“Nine or 10 coaches watch us each game,” she said. “It kind of gets overwhelming; you feel nervous, but you gotta fight that. It’s game time—you are not allowed to be nervous when it’s time to play.”

She played shooting guard during club basketball and plays small forward for Skyline, where she has one more season.

As a player for Arizona Elite, Gold 17U, Shaylee Scabby traveled the country to play basketball.
Scabby hopes to play basketball at the next level after high school, perhaps in Utah or Colorado. Her time with Arizona Elite will boost her chances. The program is known for its exposure to college basketball coaches and is getting close to awarding 200 scholarships, according to its website.

“I want to play college ball for me, my family, and to represent the Community and Lehi,” she said.