Edward’s evaluation: It’s been quite a while since East was part of the state tournament conversation, and Parker Van Dyke is a big reason why. He’s a great scorer who the Leopards lean on heavily. Some of the better defensive teams in 4A have figured out how to slow him down this season, and some of his teammates need to pick up the scoring slack if the Leopards are going to be successful.
Herriman Mustangs (12-8)
Coach: Brad Tingey
How qualified: Finished tied for second in Region 7 with Skyline with a 7-3 record, but swept the season series with Skyline to clinch No. 2 seed.
Playoff opener: vs. Logan, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)
Best preseason victory: A 64-59 win at Bingham on Dec. 13.
Best region victory: A 56-44 win at Olympus on Feb. 10.
#10 Tanner McKissick, Sr., Guard (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.5 spg)
#33 Jaden Rasmussen, Sr., Forward (10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg)
#21 Brady Beard, Sr., Guard (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.7 spg)
#24 Tueni Lupeamanu, Jr., Forward (8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg)
#32 Kyle Sanford, Sr., Forward (3.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg)
Scoring offense: 52.7 ppg (14th in 4A)
Scoring defense: 50.8 ppg (8th in 4A)
Last state championship: None
Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Logan in first round.
Edward’s evaluation: With region victories over both Olympus and Skyline in the past two weeks, this senior-laden bunch of Mustangs is starting to figure out how to win games and is an intriguing team heading into the playoffs. Herriman is a middle-of-the-pack scoring team in 4A, but against high-scoring Logan in the first round, it will need to find a way to be more efficient offensively.
Highland Rams (13-8)
Coach: Keith West
How qualified: Finished in a three-way tie for second in Region 6 with a 6-4 record. After a three-way coin flip, East earned No. 2 seed, followed by Highland and then Woods Cross.
Playoff opener: vs. Provo, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Maverik Center)
Best preseason victory: A 41-38 win against Olympus on Dec. 13.
Best region victory: An 81-42 win at Woods Cross on Jan. 20.
#22 Liam Thomas, Sr., Guard (12.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg)
#2 David Divver, Jr., Guard (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg)
#10 Max Bradshaw, Sr., Center (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.3 spg)
#15 Todd Connolly, Jr., Forward (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg)
#12 Lennon Betonney, Sr., Guard (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.3 spg)
Scoring offense: 52.9 ppg (13th in 4A)
Scoring defense: 45.3 ppg (2nd in 4A)
Last state championship: 2011
Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Mountain Crest in quarterfinals.
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