This is part 1 of our 3 part series on the top players in Utah County. This part of the state is loaded with college prospects ranging from major D1 to the junior college and NAIA level. Here is our first list....
2018 6'6 W/F Tyler Walker (Timpanogoes) had a very nice junior season playing mostly in the paint but this past summer he was able to play guard for the club team (UBC). Walker showed that he has guard skills that can translate to the next level. I think as he improves his handle and outside shooting he can be a very productive player at the next level.
2018 6'1 G Steven Ashworth (Lone Peak) recently picked up his first D1 offer from Mountain West member Utah State University. He is a true point guard that makes everyone around him better and he is a flat out winner. Ashworth is an incredible passer and that is what college coaches rave about when watching him. It will be interesting to see if he signs early with USU.
2019 6'2 G Nate Hansen (Timpview) has been slowed over the past year by sickness but this past summer he was back in full form for the Utah Mountain Stars. Hansen is a deadly three point shooter who can get extremely hot from deep. He also has a good handle where he is able to get into the paint. I think he is very good D2 prospect who could possibly play at the low D1 level as well.
2019 7'3 C Matt Van Komen (Pleasant Grove) is a top 100 recruit that holds major offers that include Baylor and Gonzaga. He is one of the best shot blockers in the entire country and has proved that on stages like the Adidas Gauntlet when he is playing with club team (Utah Exum Elite). The thing that that intrigues me about he big man is how skilled he is for his size and how well he can run the floor.
2018 6'5 W/f James Nelson (Salem Hills) averaged over 20 points per game as a junior and lead his team back into the state tournament. During the summer he picked up an offer from Juco powerhouse Salt Lake Community College which will be a hard offer to turn down unless he picks up a D1 offer. Nelson can shoot the ball well from he mid-range and the three.