It seems only fitting Brophy senior guard Xavier Juniel and head varsity basketball coach Matt Hooten were destined for one another long before they even met. Juniel was a student at Tres Rios Elementary in Tolleson, which happened to be in the same district Hooten started his teaching career after moving to the Valley back in 2004.
Some may simply call it destiny.
However you opt to coin the phrase the two have helped lead the Broncos to a perfect 11-0 start in late December .
“He’s got such an incredible personality,” Hooten said to Sports360AZ.com. “He’s a leader for us and a lot of our guys really look up to him.”