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Published: Sunday, March 20 2011 11:51 p.m. MDT

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migbard
Castle Dale, UT

I was not able to see Emery play much this year, but I have to wonder how the Benson kid averages about 20 points per game and gets honorable mention. I am not sure who or how these kids are chosen but one thing seems obvious, accuracy and fairness do not appear to be the goal.

SouthExposure
Cedar City, UT

They are chosen by the coaches and from what I am told, none of the coaches can vote for their own players. That's about as accurate as you can get. Each coach gets a vote and can vote 6 players for each team. Usually the best way to garner votes and attention is by winning because that allows the majority of the coaches to see you play in the state tournament where everybody comes together. And to be honest, I can't imagine a better process than by having each coach vote. These are the guys that prepare their teams against certain players and know who is the toughest to coach against and the best players at their respective positions. I can't speak specifically for any Emery players but My guess is their lack of win totals and the fact that they didn't make it to the state tournament site, had something to do with it.

Hoops Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

If you click on the voting graphic, you'll see that the selections are based on the votes submitted by the coaches of the teams in the division. In order to make it as fair as possible, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.

While there is no perfect method for making selections such as these, I think that having the coaches who see these kids play on a pretty regular basis cast the votes (while making sure they can't unfairly favor their own players) is a pretty good way of doing it.

WeberCatBasketballFan
Midway, UT

@migbard It is voted upon by the coaches. The coaches saw the big picture. Ty Benson stood at the three point line during a weak schedule and flung many, many shots per game, loosely contested, to amass that scoring total. And the honor is about so much more than scoring... assists, rebounding, steals, defense. Benson, when facing a good defender (like vs. Wasatch) scored 12 and that one and only three pointer was after the kid defending him was on the bench resting up for the state championships to follow (if not his last 5 of 12 points).

Coach58
Mona, Utah

I have to go along with South Exposures explaination on All State choices. I believe the players have to be seen by all those who are voting, and the only place that can happen is at the state tournament. You can have great players that won't get the votes simply because the coaches don't know them. The team must make it to the playoffs. With that said, I would like to recognize two great players from Juab High School. Teren Wright and Dallin Kay. Both may have deserved All State recognition but because of the circumstances already mentioned did not make it. Wright, 4th in 3pt shooting and 9th in scoring. Kay, 1st in rebounding and 5th in scoring. (This came right off Deseret News own statistics in 3A.) You both should be proud of that. It has been a pleasure and honor to coach all of this years senior players over the past six years, since our first game in the 7th grade. You will all do great things in life! Thanks for your hard work and friendship. Coach K

stats99
Salem, UT

Some of the selections this year are questionable. All State should not be for one or two tournament games at the end of the season. That's what all-tournament teams are for. All State should be based on player performance ALL SEASON LONG. Both newspapers need better systems to help coaches pick ALL the best players for the year. The kids deserve it.

Wasp
utah County, UT

Reply to Coach58- FYI- the scoring statistics are accurate on the Desert News, but I wouldn't hold my breath on the rebounding-not all coaches have those statistics when they call in the score. Congrats to all who made all state.

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