Brophy Basketball – College Alumni
Desi Burrage ’21 – Cal Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Desi Burrage joined the Brophy basketball program as a junior after spending his first two years of high school at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. From the moment that he joined his first practice, Desi set a terrific example for his teammates through his exceptional work ethic, and he became an important team leader during his two years with the varsity team. Desi also had a tremendous impact on team success with his strong shooting. An 83% career free-throw shooter, Desi was often called upon to make pressure free throws late in close games, and he also proved a formidable threat from behind the three-point line. Along with his superb shooting, Desi’s toughness and “team first” approach were hallmarks of his play for the Broncos. He led the team in charges taken during both his junior and senior year. In addition to his offensive abilities, Desi was a superb defender who often was called upon to guard the opposition’s best perimeter scoring threat. Not surprisingly, he was named the Premier Region Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Jaxson Baker ’18 – University of Central Arkansas (Conway, Ark.)
A prolific shooter from the time that he arrived at Brophy, Jaxson Baker finished off a terrific three-year varsity basketball career with a fantastic senior season. Averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds per game, he provided a scoring mentality and vocal leadership to a team returning only two players with significant varsity playing experience. Throughout his Brophy career, Jaxson performed at his best in some of his team’s biggest games, and that was certainly the case during his senior year as well. In the championship game of the 2017 Father Barry Classic, Jaxson finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. Perhaps most memorable, however, was his 28 point and 7 rebound performance against Pinnacle on February 2nd, which was capped off by Jaxson’s three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the eventual state champions 62-60. This shot, made in front of a raucous Hoopcoming crowd of 3,000+, later aired on ESPN’s Sportscenter telecast. Following the season, Jaxson was named to both the Premier Region First Team and the 6A All-Conference First Team.
Ian Burke ’18 – Portland State University (Portland, Ore.) and Seattle University (Seattle, Wash.)
Ian was a three year starter for the Brophy varsity basketball team, and he served as one of two team captains during his senior year. A hyper-competitive player, Ian’s floor vision and unselfish style allowed him to make all of his teammates better throughout his four years of Brophy basketball. During his senior year, Ian led the Broncos in all three major statistical categories with per game averages of 16 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. He had numerous highlights throughout the season including a game-winning assist against Mountain Pointe in the first game of the year and several timely three-pointers late in close games. Ian was named the MVP of the 2017 Father Barry Classic, which Brophy won for the first time since 1981, and a member of the all-tournament team at the 2017 VisitMesa.Com Basketball Challenge in route to helping to lead the Broncos to a 26-2 overall record and a place in the state semifinals. He was recognized as the Premier Region Player of the Year and a member of the 6A All-Conference First Team. A fantastic student, Ian was also recognized as a member of Sports360AZ’s All-Academic First Team. He began his collegiate playing career at Seattle University, and then transferred to Portland State University in the summer of 2019.
Sean Dunn ’17 – Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, Calif.) and Cal State San Marcos (San Marcos, Calif.)
Sean started every single game during his two years on Brophy’s varsity basketball team, and at 6 feet,10 inches and 250 lbs. he provided a strong presence on the interior throughout that time period. Highlight games for Sean included a 15-point and 15-rebound performance against Liberty and a 16-point and 13-rebound performance against Mountain Ridge. He averaged 9 ppg and 5 rpg during his career at Brophy, earning an Honorable Mention for Division I, Section II his junior year, followed by selection to the 6A Premier Region First Team his senior year. After a year at Point Loma Nazarene University, a Division II school in San Diego, Sean transferred to Cal State San Marcos to continue his playing career.
Carlos Saucedo ’17 – Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) and Mesa Community College (Mesa, Ariz.)
One of Brophy’s best ball handlers throughout his four years in the basketball program, Carlos played for two years on the varsity basketball team. Selected by his teammates to be a captain his senior year, during that final season at Brophy he led the team in free throw shooting percentage at 81.5% and was second on the team in three-point shooting percentage at 42.9%. Carlos was known for making clutch shots throughout his playing career. As a freshman, he hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Boulder Creek, and as a senior, Carlos hit a jump shot from the elbow against Westview to give Brophy a 50-49 win in a game at Talking Stick Arena. Following graduation, Carlos continued his playing career at Mesa Community College before moving on to Graceland University in Iowa.
Drew Shear ’17 – Benedictine University (Lisle, Ill.)
During Drew’s two-year varsity career, he exemplified many of the qualities promoted within the Brophy basketball program, including all-out effort, selflessness, and mental and physical toughness. Not surprisingly, his teammates voted him to be a team captain during his senior season. Drew received the “Toughness Award” both his junior and senior seasons – an honor conferred on him by his teammates and supported statistically by the 38 charges that Drew took during his two varsity seasons. His teammates also voted him the 2016-2017 Most Improved Player. Drew earned Honorable Mention status for the 6A Premier Region in 2016-2017.
Michael Kempton ’15 – Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.)
A 6-foot-10 post player, Michael was a strong contributor to Brophy’s varsity basketball team during his junior and senior seasons. In addition to his strengths on the defensive end of the floor with rebounding and blocked shots, Michael also aided his team with his natural feel for the game on the offensive end of the floor. He was a very unselfish player and possessed a natural ability to read passing lanes as a facilitator from the post area. Following his four years at Brophy, Michael moved on to Williams College, a perennial Division III title contender. During Michael’s sophomore year, he helped Williams reach the Division III Final Four.
Steven Stanley ’14 – Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Ariz.)
Steven Stanley played four years of basketball at Brophy including his last two years on the varsity team. His size and skill set made him a difficult match-up for opposing big men as he was able to shoot from the outside as well as put the ball on the floor. Following his Brophy basketball career, Steven moved on to Northern Arizona University where he earned a spot on the Lumberjacks’ roster as a walk-on in both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
Tim Kempton ’13 – Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Tim Kempton graduated from Brophy as one of the best players in the school’s history. As a sophomore, Tim came off the bench for the 2010-2011 Brophy team that made it to the state championship game before falling to Mountain View. The following season, Tim averaged 16 ppg and 10 rpg, a performance that helped lead Brophy to the state quarterfinals. As a senior, Tim averaged 25 ppg and 16 rpg and was named the 2013 Arizona Preps Boys Player of the Year. After Brophy, Tim followed up a fantastic high school record with a dazzling four-year career at Lehigh University which saw him improve his scoring and rebounding average every single season. In his first season at Lehigh, he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year Award. Tim earned the Patriot League Player of the Year Award as a sophomore and junior, becoming just the third player in league history to be named POY twice before his senior season. As a senior, Tim averaged 20.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg and was named one of five finalists for the Kareem-Abdul Jabbar Center of the Year Award and one of ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. He finished his career as the all-time leader in career rebounds (1,095) for both Lehigh and the Patriot League. In addition, he finished third in school history and fourth in Patriot League history in career points (2,043). He is now playing professional basketball overseas.
James Harper ’12 – Chaminade University (Honolulu, Hawaii)
James Harper was a three-year varsity player who left a trail of career highlights with his three-point shooting and dunking. He was a starter on the 2010-2011 Brophy team that finished second at state. During his senior year, he averaged 18 ppg and 6 rpg, and was named to the Arrowhead Classic All-Tournament Team (Thanksgiving) and was the McClintock Holiday Shootout MVP (Christmas). After graduating from Brophy, James went to Division I Houston Baptist where he made seven starts and averaged 4.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Following his freshman season, he transferred to Chaminade University in Hawaii where he earned PacWest All-Academic honors during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He started 12 games as a sophomore, 22 as a junior, and 16 as a senior, finishing with career averages of 7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and a 41.3% 3-point field goal percentage.
Sai Tummala ’11 – Hawaii University (Honololu, Hawaii)
Sai Tummala was a three-year varsity player at Brophy who averaged 17.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, and 2.2 bpg as a senior, helping to lead the Broncos to the 2011 5A state title game. He was named first-team all-Metro, first-team all-Fiesta Region, and first-team academic all-state following his senior year. After a highly successful prep career, Sai started his collegiate career at Michigan where he redshirted during the 2011-2012 season. He then spent one season at Salt Lake Community College where he was a third-team NJCAA All-American and first-team all-region pick for the 2012-2013 season, averaging 14.8 ppg and shooting 41% from the 3-point line. From there he moved to Arizona State University for the next two seasons before completing his playing career at University of Hawaii. In his lone season at Hawaii, Sai averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg while shooting 39.4% from the 3-point line. He helped Hawaii win the Big West regular season title as well as the conference tournament. After making the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed, Hawaii upset No. 4 California 77-66 in the first round before losing to No. 5 Maryland.
Ryan Milne ’10 – Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Over his three-year varsity career at Brophy, Ryan Milne was the very definition of a high school point guard. He was a vocal leader who used his exceptional quickness, ball handling skills, and passing abilities to set-up his teammates for scoring opportunities. In addition, Ryan stretched the defense with his shooting ability and deep range. He was an honorable mention all-region and all-state selection as a senior when he led the team in assists and steals and was named the team’s MVP by his teammates. In addition, he was an all-tournament selection during both the Arrowhead Classic (Thanksgiving) and McClintock Holiday Shootout (Christmas). Ryan went on to have a fantastic career at Colorado College where he was named the conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and was a first-team all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selection during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. By the end of his four years at Colorado College, he ranked fifth in all-time career points (1,575), second in assists (458), fifth in steals (143), sixth in 3-point field goals made, and fourth in games played (101).
John LaVanway ’10 – Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)
John played on Brophy’s varsity basketball team during his junior and senior years and helped provide a physical presence inside. During his senior season, he helped lead the Broncos to a top-15 finish in 5A – Division I. Post-high school, he played four years at Trinity University in Texas where he averaged 3 ppg and 4 rpg as a senior.