Region 8 consists of six schools from Utah County and this is a region of unknowns. Timpanogos is the clear favorite and the remaining five will be relying on players that are unproven on the varsity level. Here is how we think the region will finish out...
1) Timpanogos High School: Made the second round of the state tournament last year but return several key players. 6'6 Senior forward Tyler Walker is poised to have a big year and has already received several scholarship offers from junior colleges. 6'4 junior shooting guard Matt Norman is one of the best shooters in the state and will build on a great sophomore season. The Timberwolves will roll through region play and it won't surprise if they go 10-0.
2) Wasatch High School: The Wasps will be without do it all guard Eli Ballstaedt who will be walking on at Utah after his LDS mission. We believe 6'4 senior wing Tyler Eaton and 6'4 transfer guard Daniel Miller will be enough to get into Wasatch into the #2 seed. They are a very well coached team that will compete on both ends of the court and will be a tough out in the state tournament.
3) Springville High School: Are the defending state champs but are losing almost all of their core players. This is a well coached program and I believe they will have enough talent from their JV program to get them back into the state tournament.
4) Skyridge High school: Lost most of their core players from last year but in this region they will have the chance to sneak into the play-offs. Key players will be Ethan Llunga and Ryan Reid. Both of these guards can really score the ball.
5) Maple Mountain High school: Are losing big-time scores Tyler Boyack and Parker Christensen who both have signed scholarships to player at junior colleges. 6'5 forward Dawson Beutler should have a huge senior year with the ball in his hands more.
6) Provo High School: Are losing their leading scorers in Braxton Bailey, Reece Owens and Kache Koop who all signed scholarships to junior colleges. Senior Shooting guard Maddux Wright is a knock down shooter and will need to have a big year for the Bulldogs.