Tucson Heat Early HS Tryouts – 2/25/19

The Tucson Heat will be holding early tryouts for HS players who have completed their season.  If your HS tabt is not currently active in the state playoffs come on out and work with the Tucson Heat.   We are forming teams at all HS age levels


Monday 2/25/19

La Paloma Academy Lakeside

8140 E Golf Links Rd


Girls – 630p-745p

Boys – 745p-915p


Players who are actively in the playoffs are asked not at attend to ensure no eligiblity issues.  We will communicate out practice schedules so you may join after your season ends.


For more information

Text 520-290-9003

Email info@tucsonheat.org


The Tucson Heat Storm McKale Center

The Tucson Heat 3rd-7th grade teams were lucky enough to be the halftime show at the recent Arizona vs. Chico State men’s basketball game.   Teams were split based on grade and were able to play a 6 minute game on both ends of the floor.   The teams had a great time being able to play on a major college court and hope to play there in the future.   We would like to thank all of the players, coaches, and the University of Arizona for helping to make this happen

Go Heat!!!


Meet our President, Anthony Merritt

We just wanted to be sure everyone knows who the man behind the curtain, or black visor, is and what he is all about.   Coach Anthony has been with our program for over 10 years and has been our president for over 2 years now.    While he may not be new to everyone he may be new to some players and parents on the team.   If you see him around the gym or at a tournament just say hello, he is always happy to talk about Heat basketball or his OKC Thunder

For more information about Coach Anthony please see his bio at:



Arizona Christian University visits the Heat

The Tucson Heat was pleased to host Arizona Christian University Asst Coach Trey Clarkson as he scouted some of our current upperclassmen.   Coach Anthony Merritt put the players through a very tough workout for Coach Clarkson displaying how Heat basketball can prepare players for the next level.   Players Danny Gonzales (SR), Marquis Holmes (SR), Edgar Condes (JR), and Matt Bell (JR) attended the workout and all had a very good showing.    Each of these players has worked hard not only with their schools, but with our Heat coaches to put them into a position to succeed.

We hope to add each of these players to our growing list of alumni who have gone on to successful college careers.

Heat High School Girls Hit the Court

The Tucson Heat HS Girls Varsity team took part in their first games of the summer at Inspire Courts.   For the first game of the summer we could not be more happy as a coaching staff.    There was a lot of positive today and a very good base for this team grow on throughout the summer.    Congratulations girls on some great games.



Tucson HEAT Contributes to the Community

Recently, the Tucson HEAT boys assisted at the arts and craft show at The Plaza Palomino. This community service event was put together by Fred Killian, former longtime President of the Tucson HEAT.

An important philosophical pillar of the Tucson HEAT program is the commitment to academic excellence as well as basketball excellence. To be a true student-athlete, players must display the ability to compete in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. The Tucson HEAT is committed to assisting the efforts of parents and teachers to help mold these young players into leaders who will make a positive contribution to our community.

Our Fry’s Food VIP CARD Supporters need to re-enroll

frys marketplaceBeginning August 1st, our Fry’s Food VIP CARD Supporters need to re-enroll. We have kindly benefited from this program over the past year so please take 5 minutes to re-enroll. They re-evaluate every year and changes will be based on the success of the program. NEW accounts are also welcome.

• Go to Fry’s Food Community Reward Program and Sign-In
• Select ‘My Account’, you should see Account Summary at the top.
• Scroll down, Click ‘ENROLL’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
• Under Find Your Organization: Enter 80452 or Tucson HEAT then select ‘search’.
• Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization.
• Then select ‘save changes.’
[The Fry’s Community Rewards program will be evaluated every year and changes will be considered based on the success of the program. By making a one-year commitment to Fry’s, Fry’s is making a one-year commitment to you. It also gives each organization an opportunity to refresh their participation by spreading the word to new participants and keeping the previous participants informed of any changes to the program. This also is a great way for your organization to grow participation and earn great funds.] Click for more details on Fry’s Food Community Reward Enrollment process.

This HEAT is here to stay


As you may know we aren’t the only heat in the gym. We have worked out a deal with Grace to the Nations and a contractor for installing more coolers in the gym. More improvements are also being thought over. Looks like we have some fundraising to do. We are in beginning phases and have a big year planned. Contact us if you know a business or individual that is interested in helping our local youth by donating to our 501(c)3 organization. Below are some new specials for this season.

  • Pancake breakfast and Free-Throw-A-Thon later this fall.
  • 1 year of social media mentions or shares via FaceBook, Twitter and our e-newsletter for $250.
  • Add company logo and website link to our sponsors section of our website for $500.
  • A 4′ x 6′ banner in the gym at Grace to the Nations gym and logo on event printed material for $750.
  • A 4′ x 6′ banner in the gym at Pima Community College West and a full page (3.5”x2””) ad in the Aztec Program for $1,000.

HEAT keep bringing home the championships

The Tucson HEAT beat Tucson High (incoming freshmen) to win the tournament championship at the Aztec Summer Sizzle Classic. The Classic provided the players with 5 games guaranteed (with possible 7 games), AIA Certified Officials and 20 minute halves. Congrats guys! Way to represent the High standards – Education – Attitude – Teamwork.


8th grade champs