During a Wednesday ceremony, Maricopa High School basketball players Andrew Hoxie and Triston Walters signed their national letters of intent to play at the next level.

“For coaches and parents, these are the moments we treasure,” said Athletic Director Craig Moody, in a ceremony held in the high school’s library.

For the last four years, Triston Walters showcased his versatility across the court as a dynamic combo guard for the Rams – seeing time as a point guard and a shooting guard.

Alongside his family and teammates, Walters officially pledged his commitment to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

As the adage goes, “You go where you’re wanted,” and Walters’ decision was driven by an undeniable feeling of belonging.

“I chose Coe because it felt like home,” he said, recounting his campus visit. “I wanted to feel comfortable on campus and on the court.”

Walters’ basketball career began in first grade, as he immersed himself in club and varsity teams, honing his skills along the way.

Now, as he embarks on his college adventure, Walters plans to major in business and minor in communication as he finds his independence in college.

For Andrew Hoxie, the Rams small forward, his decision to commit to Phoenix Prep was a no-brainer as the hometown school provided the foundation he was looking for.

“They helped me lay down the bricks that I need for the next level of basketball,” Hoxie said.

He said his choice was influenced by a blend of academics and athletics and he is looking forward to majoring in business.

Hoxie first picked up a basketball when he was five years old, shooting hoops in the front yard.

Hoxie’s father, Thomas, is eager to watch his son flourish.

“I’m glad to see him do what he wants to do,” said the proud pop, cherishing the milestone.

The ceremony concluded with photos, hugs and smiles as Moody wished the former MHS stars luck on their next chapter.

“Come back and see us once in a while,” Moody said. “Once a Ram, always a Ram.”

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