Looking back at 30 years of Deseret News Mr. Basketball winners

Published: Monday, March 12 2012 3:10 p.m. MDT

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1987 - Kurt Miller, Ben Lomond (New Mexico)

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Murray, UT

Morgan Grimm and Daniel Deane were both chased off the Utah team by Jim Boylen. One of the first things Boylen did was get rid of Deane whose father Greg was an all conference player for Utah. I guess that should have told us something about Boylen early on. Either he can't recognized talent or he is impatient in working with 18 year olds. Oh well, he had his chance.

South Jordan, UT

WOW!...A lot of the Deseret News choices for Mr. Basketball I have never heard of!...Except the ones that have or are still playing for BYU.

Salt Lake City, UT

I was in Cedar City when Roger Reid got hired by SUU. He watched the Jazz-Rockets playoff series with me and my friends. He's a really nice guy and for the most part been a very successful coach (hasn't had success at SUU though.)

I remember him mentioning how he believes there are plenty of great recruits in the state of Utah. We're one of the few places that has a basketball court in every church house in every block throughout the state. Its a bigger part of our culture than we realize.

That same year he brought Geoff Payne and half of his Snow team (mostly Utah kids) down to SUU and we had a decent season.

Anyway... just a thought I wanted to contribute. It comes from Roger Reid, not me :)

Cedar City, Utah

Reid is a great guy. That is definetly a true statement. And a heck of a coach no matter what anyone says. But this article is about highschool basketball players. Not college coaches. Certainly not about SUU. I love SUU just as much as the next guy but read the artle and make a comment about highschool not college. All these candidates are great. Should go a long way at the next level.

Mapleton, Utah

Speaks to the value of the program at BYU that 6 of the 12 (decided) "Mr. Basketball" men chose that School program over any other school/program in state or out.

I was surprised that SLCC knocked down 2 or was it 3 (?) of those top players.

What is happening with the 13th? Is anyone recruiting him in state?

Iowa City, IA

"WOW!...A lot of the Deseret News choices for Mr. Basketball I have never heard of!...Except the ones that have or are still playing for BYU."

Perhaps because you follow BYU? Just a hunch.

Mike W
Syracuse, UT

Did ANY of these guys make it to the NBA aside from Shawn Bradley??? Interesting, but almost disappointing list... a hot-bed for basketball talent we are not.

Iowa City, IA

@ mike w,
This is NOT a disappointing list when one considers the facts. 2 of 30 on the list played in the NBA (so far 6.6% and potentially higher). The chance of a high school basketball player eventually getting drafted by the NBA is 0.03%. Thus the the Utah HS Mr. Basketball has at least a 200 fold increased chance of getting drafted compared to the average HS player. Consider further that only 1.2% of college players get drafted by the NBA, the list looks ok. People that consider college players that don't get drafted or who do not make it in the NBA to be failures, just don't understand the odds.

Highland, UT

Fred Roberts played for around 13 years in the NBA

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