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Monday / September 25.
  • Class of 2026 guard Alijah Arenas adds Arizona offer, could be the next ‘Agent Zero’

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    By MATT WHITFIELD

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — One of several sons of famous fathers on hand at the Team USA Junior National Team Camp last weekend was Alijah Arenas, a 6-foot-4 freshman shooting guard and son of former Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.

    “It’s fun [being Gilbert’s son],” said Alijah, who averaged 30.3 points last season at Chatsworth (CA) Senior High and also runs with the Compton Magic.

    Alijah’s eventual goal is to be better than his father.

    “I think that our pace [of play] is similar,” he said. “I heard that we’re similar [playing-wise], so I just want to get better and just be better than he was.”

    Gilbert Arenas played 12 seasons in the NBA averaging 20.7 points and 5.3 assists.

    Cam and Cayden Boozer, the sons of former Duke and NBA standout Carlos Boozer, also were in camp and made the final 12-man roster for the U16 team.

    Right now said Alijah wears No. 0 like his dad, and he may continue that at the next level.

    “I think so. If we do find another number then it’d be cool,” he said.

    Alijah did not have a dream school growing up, but did pick up an offer from his father’s alma mater Arizona this week. He’s been to a couple Arizona games already.

    “I’ve gone to the games [at Arizona],” he said. “I’ve communicated a little bit with the players. And just see how they work things,”

    Not even a sophomore yet Alijah Arenas recruitment has hardly taken shape but he did mentioned a couple other schools involved.

    “UCLA, Texas, there’s a couple more but I’m not sure off the top my head,” he said.

    For now though, he is just a baby0faced 16-year-old loving life.

    “Everything right now is just a dream come true,” he said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.