Another week has past in high school basketball in the state of Utah. I will be highlighting the Top 10 Performers of the week. Here is our list...
David Andrew 6'6 2018 (Kearns) had a big week for his team in two wins where he averaged over 22 points per game and made 9 three pointers. Andrew is a deadly shooter and is getting recruited by several high level Jucos.
Mason Falslev 6'4 2020 (Sky View) averaged over 20 points in three games in the Preston Idaho tournament. Falslev already has two D1 offers and continues to prove why he is an elite talent.
Caleb Barton 5'11 2018 (South Sevier) had an impressive game versus a talented Canyon View team where he poured in 26 points and also had 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Barton is a big-time shooter and is a small college prospect.
Cody Meza 5'9 2018 (Cyprus) nailed 6 three pointers in a route over a decent Wasatch team. He is a knock down shooter who can get extremely hot from well beyond the three point line.
Jon Parker 6'4 2018 (Union) in two wins he averaged nearly 20 points including the game winning shot in a region win over Delta. He is getting recruited by a handful of Jucos and small 4-year schools.
Isaac Johnson 6'10 2019 (American Fork) had a huge game with 30 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Viewmont. He is a high-level D1 recruit with potential to thrive at the college level.
Richie Saunders 6'5 2020 (Riverton) averaged 18 points per game against some of the top teams in the state. He is big-time shooter and can get his shot off anytime. Saunders has heard from several D1 schools already.
Cooper Mattson 6'5 2019 (Westlake) averaged 16 points per game in two wins this week. He shot the ball extremely well and is huge reason why his team is off to a great start in the pre-season.
Josh Sanders 6'3 2018 (Davis) averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds per game as he has been on a tear all season. Sanders is very under the radar and is a D2 level talent.
Nifai Tonga 6'4 2018 (Skyline) had 17 points including four three pointers in a big win over rival Brighton. He has been playing really well this year and is a solid Juco prospect.
We are over three weeks into the new high school basketball season in the state of Utah. I have seen several prospects that have been playing great and should be recruited more. Here are my Under the Radar Prospects....
Sinai Enoch 6'0 2018 (West Jordan) was a back-up as a junior but has been on an absolute tear so far this season. So far he is leading 6A in scoring at 23.8 points and he's also dishing out three assists per game. I love the way he plays with so much confidence and if I was a juco I would be making a hard push to sign him.
Josh Sanders 6'2 2018 (Davis) is putting up monster numbers against some of the best teams in the state. He is averaging over 20 points and 6 rebounds per game while guarding the opposing teams best guards. I am with the belief that Sanders would be a very good D2 player or at a good juco.
Landon Brenchley 6'2 2019 (Ridgeline) is picking up where his brother left off as he is averaging nearly 20 points per game. Brenchley has a knack for scoring in multiple ways and if Ridgeline as a any chance at repeating at champs he will need to continue to put up these type of numbers.
Journey Buba 6'2 2018 (Kearns) wasn't much of a scorer last year but has really picked it up this year for a talented Kearns team. He is averaging over 18 points per game and has already doubled the amount of three pointers that he made last year. I think he could be a very solid juco type player and he's a hawk on-ball defender.
Matt Kitzman 6'2 2018 (Juan Diego) is such a high IQ point guard that runs his team and makes everyone around him better. He is averaging over 13 points and nearly 4 assists per game. In the classroom he excels as well which makes him a perfect NAIA/D3 prospect where I think he would be an immediate impact player.
High school basketball is in full swing and there has been three full days of games. We are going to highlight some of the top performers so far this week.
2018 F Skyler Turner (Layton) is less than seven months removed from a torn ACL injury and looks like he is in full form. On Tuesday he put up 21 points in a win over Ridgeline. The 6'6 Forward is able to score inside and from the mid-range. He has the ability to play at the D2/NAIA level.
2018 G Sinai Enoch (West Jordan) is a player we have mentioned several times before as a player who should have a break-out year. He has not disappointed and this week he had 29 points in a two point win over a talented Jordan team.
2018 G Ben Neilson (Riverton) the quick guard lit up Fremont for 29 points including six three pointers. After seeing him in person I really like his game and is a small college prospect.
2019 F Hank Bushell (Bonneville) has a breakout game versus Northridge as he went for 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bushell is a small college prospect that score in the paint and also step out and hit the three.
2019 G Christian Rich (Highland) is a dead eye shooter and lit up Park City for 22 points. He is turning into a guy that could averaged 18 plus a night.
2019 G Rylan Jones (Olympus) stole the show against a very good Bingham Team. He ended with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jones is proving he is worth the University of Utah giving him a scholarship.
2019 G Landon Brenchley (Ridgeline) had his best game of the year with 27 points in a close win over a good Canyon View team. He is having a huge junior year so far as his scoring average in right around 20 points per game.
The Corner Canyon Tournament of Champions was held this past weekend at Corner Canyon High School. The field had some serious talent and included eight schools which were Corner Canyon, Lehi, Syracuse, Snow Canyon, Bountiful, Riverton, Highland, and Pleasant Grove. Corner Canyon ended up 3-0 and taking the tournament championship over Bountiful High School. Here are our All-Tournament Teams:
Gabe Toombs 6'4 W/F 2019 (Corner Canyon) had a very strong tournament as he led his team in scoring with over 13 points per game. Toombs is built like a defensive end and is able to bully defenders to the rim where is he is a great finisher.
Brig Willard 6'3 G 2019 (Bountiful) averaged over 17 points per game including impressive wins over Lehi and Top 5 Pleasant Grove. He is a natural scorer and is a tough cover for any opponent.
Ammon Jensen 6'0 G 2018 (Corner Canyon) averaged nearly 12 points per game as his team went 3-0 in the tournament. Jensen is a very good shooter and is always making the right play for his team.
Matt Van Komen 7'3 C 2019 (Pleasant Grove) averaged nearly 22 points per game during the three game tournament. With Van Komen's size and skill he is essential impossible to stop.
Brock Gilbert 5'8 G 2018 (Syracuse) averaged nearly 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game. the undersize guard was as dominate as anyone I saw. He can shoot it from well beyond the three point line and has a very high basketball IQ.
Cam Chism 6'1 G 2020 (Bountiful) averaged nearly 12 points per game including 11 made three pointers. Chism is one of the best shooters in the state and has NBA type range.
Dallin Spencer 6'6 F 2018 (Lehi) averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds per game. He was very good at pinning his defenders behind him and getting easy buckets in the paint. I think he is poised for a very big year.
Braden Baker 6'3 G 2018 (Snow Canyon) averaged nearly 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals per game. He is an athletic guard that can shoot it from deep and is also good in transition and finishing above the rim.
Christian Rich 6'3 G 2019 (Highland) was absolutely deadly from the three during the tournament. In the two games that had stats recorded he averaged 18 points per game with ten made threes.
Richie Saunders 6'4 G 2020 (Riverton) averaged 14 points per game for Riverton as they went 1-2 in the tournament. He has a knack for scoring and did most of his from the mid-range or getting to the rim.
Stockton Shorts 6'5 G Freshman (Snow College) the former Utah Mr. Basketball award winner had a huge weekend in two wins versus Northeastern Junior College and the Utah All-Starts. In the the wins Shorts averaged 22.5 points per game as he is proving to many 4-year coached that they missed on not offering him a scholarship.
Taylor Peppinger 6'0 G Freshman (Centraila College) Had a spectacular game this past weekend in the Lower Columbia Tournament. He went off for 33 points including nine three pointers! Peppinger is an exceptional shooter and if he can hone the other parts of his game he could be a difference maker at a 4-year school.
Mikey Hernandez 6'3 G Freshman (Columbia Basin College) had one of the best all-around games that NWAC has seen all year. He ended up with 22 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds in a win at Pierce College. Hernandez is proving to be a good college player and he is a player to watch this year.
John Villanueva 6'6 F Freshman ( Central Wyoming College) had a nice game off the bench versus USU-Eastern with 10 points in just 12 minutes of action. He is proving to be a junk yard dog and I think his upside will land him at a 4-year school after he's done at Central.
Marqus Gilson 6'5 F Freshman (Centraila College) had a monster game with 23 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Mt Hood College. He dominated the pain area and was also able to blow by the opposing big which makes him a match up nightmare.
Bushmen Ebet 6'3 G Sophomore (Salt Lake CC) has been on a tear for the 10-0 and national ranked Salt Lake Community College Bruins. This past weekend he averaged nearly 16 points and 3 assists in two big wins at home.
The first two days of the Utah high school basketball season has come and gone. There has been plenty of big performances. We are going to highlight a few of the top players from these two days.
Truman brown 6'3 G 2018 (Layton) had a huge performance in a big win over 6A Top 5 American Fork. He poured in 29 points including 4 three pointers including a buzzer beater to send it to OT. I have highlighted several times that Brown is very underrated and would be a great D2 or juco player.
Mason Falslev 6'3 G 2020 (Sky View) poured in 34 points in a win at Bonneville. The stud guard already has offers from BYU and Utah State and I expect more schools to get in the mix after a big sophomore season.
Trevon Allfrey 6'6 F 2019 (Copper Hills) had back to back good performances with 23 points in a win vs Uintah and then 26 points in a win vs Box Elder. The Grizzles are going to need this kind of production from him in order to stay competitive in 6A.
Matt Norman 6'4 G 2019 (Timpanogos) came out of the gate blazing as he scored 38 points including 9 three pointers in a win over Herriman. Norman could be an another D1 player out of a loaded 2019 class in the state of Utah.
Taylor Zwick 6'2 G 2019 (East) was lights out versus Hillcrest as he scored 24 points including 5 three pointers. His quick release is tough to cover and Zwick can shoot on the move as good as anyone I have seen in a while.
Cam Chism 6'1 G 2020 (Bountiful) the sophomore had a very impressive game versus 6A power Davis as he scored 19 points including 5 three pointers. Chism is one of the best 2020 prospects in Utah that no one has really talked about. I expect a big year from him and also Bountiful in the 5A classification.
Carter Berish 6'1 G 2019 (Green Canyon) left Sky View HS for the newly opened Green Canyon and he didn't wait long to make an impact. In a blowout win over Ogden Berish had 29 points including 5 three pointers.
The state of Utah has sent dozens of players to junior college these past few years. This article will highlight some of the top performers that were in action this last weekend from players from Utah that are playing junior college.
AJ Hodges (South Puget Sounds CC) The former Murray High star had a huge weekend as he averaged 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in two wins. The combo guard is able to score in the paint and also from the perimeter.
Taylor Marteliz (Lane CC) The former Kearns star had a great first game as he had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and he didn't miss a shot. He spent last year at NJCAA Western Wyoming and is looking to have a big year to prove he is a 4-year player.
Kur Kuath (Salt Lake CC) has proven thus far this season he is one of the best big man in all of junior college basketball. In two wins he averaged nearly 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Kuath plays well above the rim and also can step out and knock down pick and pop jumpers.
Tyus Jefferson (Treasure Valley CC) had an big-time weekend against top notch talent. The former Herriman grad averaged 24 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in games versus USU-Eastern and the College of Southern Idaho. This quick guard can be a difference maker at the 4-year level.
Neema Namdar (USU Eastern) The former Alta star averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds in going 1-1 this weekend. He is a deadly outside shooter that is a sophomore after playing one year at D1 Southern Utah.
Peyton Christman (SW Oregon) the quick guard is a deadly outside shooter as the sophomore at 18 points in big win. He is coming off a huge freshman season and I think he can help a NAIA team for his final two years of eligibility
1. Juan Diego High School: Senior Jason Ricketts will be on of the toughest covers in the state. They also have several other college prospects.
2. Orem High School: Ross Reeves and Pack Nacua make for a dangerous back court.
3. Logan High School: Jared Bagley is a high scoring guard and the Grizzles also have five other college prospects.
4. Salem Hills High School: James Nelson is one of the best scorers in the state and could be at 25 plus per game.
5. Sky View High School: Mason Falslev already has offers from BYU and USU as a sophomore. With him the Bobcats have a chance to be anyone.
6. Canyon View High School: Brantzen Blackner is a big-time wing that will make this a dangerous team.
7. Dixie High School: They return junior guard Tanner Cuff and the Flyers just flat out know how to win.
8. Lehi High School: The Pioneers should be very competitive with several solid players.
9. Stansbury High School: Senior Josh Jenkins is the real deal and should have a huge year.
10. Mountain Crest High School: The mustangs have had some growing pains with Ridgeline being built but playing all of those underclassmen will pay off this year.
1. Olympus High School: Have a loaded back court with Rylan Jones and Jeremy Dowdell. They are the favorite to win the title.
2. Timpview High School: Hunter Erickson and Nate Hansen can both score 20 plus on any given night.
3. Corner Canyon High School: Have a mix of good guards and bigs that will make this a team built for March.
4. Timpanogos High School: Wings Tyler Walker and Matt Norman could be scoring a combined 30 plus a night.
5. Jordan High School: Lone Peak transfer Dyson Frank will be a good addition to an already talented team.
6. East High School: Boise State signee Mikey Frazier has a chance to big the best big man in 5A this year.
7. Bountiful High School: Brig Willard is a high scoring guard that has several good role players around him.
8. Highland High School: Might be the scrappiest team on this list. Elijah Shelton and Liki Makaui will lead the way for the Rams..
9. Brighton High School: Krystkowiak brothers should both have great years.
10. Roy High School: Alex Lamb and Ben McBride will be a great guard-big combo.
1) Lone Peak High School: The Knights are loaded with Steven Ashworth, Chantry Ross, Jackson Brinkerhoff and several good role players.
2) American Fork High School: The Caveman feature big-time junior Issac Johnson and also have point guard Trey Stewart who has D1 potential.
3) Pleasant Grove High school: 7'3 Center Matt Van Komen is nearly impossible to stop and with shooters around him they should be dangerous.
4) Davis High School: Have a great mix of seniors and junior which should keep Davis in the mix for a 6A title.
5) Kearns High school: The Andrew brothers will be one of the top back courts in the state.
6) Layton High School: Have a great mix of talented guards and big guys. Truman brown should have a huge year for the Lancers.
7) Bingham High School: The Miners just know how to win and even with a new varsity team I still expect them to be in the mix even in a brutal region.
8) West Jordan High School: They will go as far as Darrian Nebeker and Sinai Enoch will take them.
9) Copper Hill High School: Is a program that knows how to win and I expect them to be competitive the year.
10) Hillcrest High School: Return three guards from a team that made the 4A semi-finals.