Hometown report update: 14 Utahns playing in postseason tournaments

Published: Monday, March 18 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

Of the 43 Utahns playing Division I college basketball, 14 will be playing in postseason tournaments this week. Markus Duran and the rest of the 15-seeded Pacific Tigers will take on the heavily-favored 2-seeded Miami Hurricanes on Friday on TNT. Meanwhile Utahns playing for BYU, Long Beach State, Stanford and Washington are playing in the NIT, while players from Hawaii and Weber State are hosting CIT first-round games.

CHARLES ABOUO

Was: Logan High. Now: CB Peñas Huesca, Spain

Note: Was one of six players in double figures in Huesca's win over Planasa NV on Saturday. Huesca is having its best season since 1997.

BEN AIRD

Was: Bountiful High. Now: Utah Valley

Note: The junior center led the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game.

LANCE ALLRED

Was: East High. Now: Fuerza Regia Monterrey, Mexico

Note: Averaged 14.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in 28.8 minutes. The well-traveled Allred has played for teams on five different continents since 2010.

NATE AUSTIN

Was: Lone Peak High. Now: BYU

Note: Started in the Cougars' narrow loss to San Diego in the WCC tournament. Averaged 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds for the NIT-bound Cougars.

QUINCY BAIR

Was: American Fork High. Now: Utah State

Note: The freshman guard/forward quit the team in December.

TAYLOR BROWN

Was: Alta High. Now: Utah Valley

Note: UVU junior guard averaged 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists per game.

ELLIOTT BULLOCK

Was: Olympus High. Now: Stanford

Note: The junior forward/center did not play this season for the NIT-bound Cardinal.

BEN CLIFFORD

Was: Bingham High. Now: Utah State

Note: Came on strong late in the season for the injury-plagued Aggies, scoring 16 points on 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point distance in USU's final game.

JAYSON CHEESMAN

Was: Mountain View High. Now: Southern Utah

Note: Led the Thunderbirds blocks (1.9) while averaging 6.8 points and 6 rebounds a game.

BRIAN CURRAN

Was: Juan Diego High. Now: Lamar

Note: The freshman guard played in just two games for the Cardinals, who struggled to a 1-17 record in the Southland Conference.

CRAIG CUSICK

Was: Orem High. Now: BYU

Note: The senior guard has seen his minutes steadily increase. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.2 assists per game this season.

BRANDON DAVIES

Was: Provo High. Now: BYU

Note: Nearly had a triple-double against USD (20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists). He has averaged 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in his senior season.

MARCEL DAVIS

Was: American Fork High. Now: Utah State

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