Desert Vista basketball tries to rise under Obie Tann in Section 7

Desert Vista basketball tries to rise under Obie Tann in Section 7


Desert Vista basketball tries to rise under Obie Tann in Section 7

Since the pandemic hit a week after winning state in 2020, Phoenix Desert Vista’s boys basketball team has encountered one obstacle after another.

Now enter Obie Tann, whose Chicago upbringing molded a man who is no-nonsense, demanding and tough and hoping to put the pieces back together to build a championship program again.

It starts this week in the Section 7.

After a 10-point loss Thursday to open the 229-team, 12-state high school showcase that draws hundreds of college coaches from all over the nation, hoping to find talent, Tann and his three assistants spent a long time with the players sitting in the corner of State Farm Stadium, going over what they need to do to get better.

These are baby steps back. But for Tann, he can’t wait to get his program, as he puts it, “re-cultured,” to the point where the Thunder some day will be placed in the gauntlet Fiesta bracket, where 6A champion Gilbert Perry can be found in the Section 7, going up against the heavyweights of high school basketball in the country.

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