After a hard-fought and physical national championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut ended with the Huskies hoisting their fourth crown in 15 years, the college basketball season has come to an end. The Division I schools from Utah have long since ended their respective seasons, all with differing results. Four of the six schools made postseason play, with BYU and Weber State each losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament, while the University of Utah and Utah Valley each fell in road games in the first round of the NIT. As for the two remaining schools, Utah State struggled in its first season in the MWC and finished with an 18-14 record, while Southern Utah had a disastrous season, winning just two times in 29 chances.
Now that the season has wrapped up, it is time to look back at the players who had the best seasons from our six local schools, or in other words, the men's college basketball All-State teams.
Kyle Davis, sophomore, Utah State
Mitch Bruneel, junior, Utah Valley
Brandon Taylor, sophomore, Utah
Jeremy Senglin, freshman, Weber State
In his first season on the floor with the Aggies, Davis recorded seven double-doubles. His best game of the season came in a November win over Weber State when Davis made 8-of-9 shots to finish with 18 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. For the season, Davis averaged 9.1 points on 50.3 percent shooting from the floor, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots a game.
Bruneel started every game for the Wolverines and was a key piece of the regular season WAC champions. His best game came in the conference tournament loss when Bruneel scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor. For the season, Bruneel averaged 10.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game. Bruneel earned WAC All-Defensive team efforts for his play.
Taylor started every game for the resurgent Utes as one part of one of the best backcourts in the state. His best game of the season came in a January win over Oregon State when Taylor registered 23 points on 7-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc to go along with eight assists. For the season, Taylor averaged 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game.
Senglin started every game during his freshman year for the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament champions. His best game came in a December win over Saint Katherine when Senglin scored a career-high 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Senglin averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists on the season. For his efforts, Senglin was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year.
Zach Nelson, freshman, Utah Valley
Eric Mika, freshman, BYU
Preston Medlin, senior, Utah State
Kyle Tresnak, senior, Weber State
Joel Bolomboy, sophomore, Weber State
Nelson made the WAC All-Newcomer team after starting all 32 games for the Wolverines and recording five double-doubles. His best game of the season came in a January road win over Cal State Bakersfield when Nelson finished with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor as well as 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. For the season, Nelson averaged 10.5 points on 52 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a block a game.
Mika started 28 of 33 games he appeared in during his freshman year and recorded five double-doubles as the Cougars' main inside threat on the offensive end. His best game of the season came in a January win over Pacific when Mika tied a career-high with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. He also set career highs in assists (three) and steals (three) while adding eight rebounds. Mika was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team after averaging 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds a game.
Medlin started all 32 games for the 18-14 Aggies and led the team in minutes played and assists. His best game came in a November win over Mississippi State when Medlin scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range while adding six assists. For the season, Medlin averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game.
Tresnak started all 31 games and was the leading inside scorer for the Wildcats even though he only attempted 7.9 shots a game. His best game of the season came in the most important game for Weber State. In the Big Sky Conference tournament championship, Tresnak led the Wildcats with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting as well as five rebounds and three assists to help Weber State earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2006-07. For the season, Tresnak earned second-team All-Big Sky honors after averaging 11.5 points on 59.4 percent shooting to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game.
Bolomboy started 28 games for the Wildcats and record 11 double-doubles for the Big Sky champs. His best game of the season came in a February win over North Dakota when Bolomboy finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. For the season, Bolomboy won the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rebounding with 11 boards a game to go along with 8.7 points a night.
Spencer Butterfield, senior, Utah State
Jarred Shaw, senior, Utah State
Ben Aird, senior, Utah Valley
Holton Hunsaker, senior, Utah Valley
Matt Carlino, junior, BYU
Butterfield started all 32 games for the Aggies and finished second on the team in scoring while leading Utah State in 3-point shooting percentage. His best game of the season came in a December win over UCSB when Butterfield registered 31 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. For the season, Butterfield averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game. For his efforts, Butterfield was named All-MWC honorable mention.
Shaw started all 27 games he appeared in for the Aggies and totaled eight double-doubles while leading Utah State in both scoring and rebounding. His best game of the season came in a March win over San José State when Shaw finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds. For the season, Shaw earned All-MWC honorable mention after averaging 14.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game.
Aird started all 32 games for the regular season WAC conference champs and registered seven double-doubles while leading the Wolverines in rebounding. His best game of the season came in a January win over Cal State Bakersfield when Aird finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. For the season, Aird earned All-WAC first-team after averaging 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks a game.
Hunsaker earned All-WAC first-team honors after leading the Wolverines to the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship. His best game of the season came in a February win over Grand Canyon when Hunsaker finished with 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with three rebounds and four assists. For the season, Hunsaker led Utah Valley with 14.2 points and 4.2 assists a night while adding 2.3 rebounds and one steal a game.
Carlino earned All-WCC honorable mention even though he went from starting to coming off the bench midway through the season. One of his best performances of the year came in a January loss to Portland when Carlino finished with 25 points, nine assists ans seven steals. For the season, Carlino averaged 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals a game.
Jordan Loveridge, sophomore, Utah
Delon Wright, junior, Utah Wright
Davion Berry, senior, Weber State
Tyler Haws, junior, BYU
Kyle Collinsworth, sophomore, BYU
Loveridge started all 33 games and was a huge part of the Utes' return to the postseason. One of his most impressive performances of the season came in a December win over Idaho State when Loveridge finished with 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. For the season, Loveridge averaged 14.7 points, seven rebounds and 2.3 assists a game.
Wright started all 33 games for the resurgent Utes and was the best player for Utah all season long. Wright had some remarkable performances on the season, including the first game of the year when Wright finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting as well as 10 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and three blocks in a win over Evergreen State. For the season, Wright earned All-Pac 12 First Team honors after averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists a night. Wright was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team after averaging 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks a game.
Berry led the Wildcats in scoring, assists and steals on his way to winning the Big Sky Player of the Year award and carrying Weber State to the NCAA tournament. One of his best games on the season came in a late January win at Northern Arizona when Berry scored 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. For the season, Berry averaged 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and one steal a game.
Haws followed up a huge sophomore season with a terrific junior year while helping to lead the Cougars back to the NCAA tournament after a year absence. His most impressive game of the season came in a January loss at Portland when Haws finished with 48 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor as well as three rebounds and two steals. For the season, Haws was named WCC Player of the Year after averaging 23.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal a game.
In his first season back on the floor, Collinsworth had a great all-around season for the Cougars to earn All-WCC First Team honors. One of his most dominant performances of the season came in the Cougars' first conference tournament game against Loyola Marymount when Collinsworth totaled 23 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and three steals to help BYU advance. For the season, Collinsworth averaged 14 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals a game before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Gonzaga in the conference championship game.