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Published: Saturday, Dec. 1 2012 9:40 p.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Come to BYU, Jabari! Play with these guys!

Springville, UT

I guess we will see. High school is one thing, but the jump to the college level is quite another. Just as I saw in Brooklyn last month, speed kills. The speed level of St. Joseph and Florida State is far higher than BYU and even Notre Dame. While there are other factors that can help compensate for the lack of speed, most of the time it won't be enough in the end.

South Jordan, UT

I love the article!

Loved them beating up on the #16 team in the nation in Chicago handily!

You just dont expect the athleticism from these kids from the Utah team,
No fear what so ever.

IRS Agent

@ Esquire,

What are you talking about? The competition they are playing against at these national tournaments is the same guys that will be playing at the top colleges in a couple of years. If they can hang with them now, why won't they be able to in a couple of years? Is everyone in the country going to get faster and stronger but the kids that commit to BYU? Your reasoning leaves me befuddled.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Congrats to the teams but I find it very sad.

We no longer have local high school sports which was a HUGE part of my generations childhood and teen years. We used to play football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. Now it is one sport all year round with young kids traveling across the country. They are professionals without the pay and we are robbing them of the simple pleasures of being a kid.

I long for the days when you had an actual neighborhood team playing at the high school and you knew every player on the team. Kids and families didn't move just to play sports. You worked hard and made your local team the best they could be. Now entire families are moving to get into the right boundaries.

It is sad.

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

This is exactly why Football needs to be run by the community- Club system and not the high schools. Schools claim it's about education. Some families want to provide the highest quality product and opportunity for their children. I.E. Harvard, Stanford. You have high quality coaches that are picked because of their coaching ability not just because they have an education degree. Prime example in Basketball- Great job. They're showing that great competition exists in UTAH.

St Louis, MO

I'm not sure why it's "sad." If any of these kids don't really enjoy playing and their parents are bullying them into it, then that would be unfortunate, but I don't get the impression that's happening here. The experience is different than playing on a team full of neighborhood kids, but "different" doesn't necessarily equate to "worse." Playing all sports casually in season just "feels" right because that's what I did, but I how much more polished will these kids be after playing top competition year-round? They could end up being like the best athlete in my HS, who was a jack of all trades, master of none, or they can focus on one sport and really excel. I fail to see the problem.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

This is all just too much. AAU and similar teams/leagues are just exploiting children for future benefit of parents and coaches and has been allowed to grow unchecked. If we're serious about protecting our children rather than just raising machines then we need to keep them away from such trivial pursuits. This deeply saddens.

Provo, UT


keep it up your last 2 articles are what we like to read, now an article on Ty Detmer hall of fame induction and make it a hat trick.

St Louis, MO

"This deeply saddens"? Good grief. I think I just set a personal record for an exaggerated eye roll. It takes a truly overinflated sense of one's own chosen path in life to be saddened by someone else choosing, voluntarily and probably enthusiastically, to pursue a sport seriously. Seems someone overlooked the fact that these kids will get a college degree paid for in exchange for being good at basketball. That doesn't sound trivial at all to me. Heaven forbid they lose some time playing video games or attending church socials.

Highland, UT

@Johnny Triumph

I know most of these kids and they aren't missing out on anything. This is what they want to do. Having kids that have played, and now play, sports for both Lone Peak and American Fork I can tell you that they love and choose to spend their time doing it.

I also have great memories of playing whatever sport was in season growing up and have encouraged my kids to do the same but at a certain point they have chosen on thier own to focus on just one, other than my youngest son who is in 6th grade and still plays all of the big 3 sports.

When I was young we didn't go on trips and play in tournaments all over the country like my kids have but far from being a burden on them all of those baseball, football, and basketball trips have been some great times for our entire family and time we have spent together we probably never would have otherwise.

We all make choices as to what we want to spend our time doing, these kids have chosen to spend it on this. Good for them.

West Jordan, Utah

Seriously, Lone Peak's basketball pre-season slate includes 4, count 'em, four, out of state tournaments, all in the eastern U.S. The only Utah games they will play is their region slate (10 games) Most teams wont travel anywhere, at all. Keep the club system out of Utah High School basketball.

Heck, if you choose to travel the world, during the summer months, so be it, but don't allow the only thing that we all still hold a piece of, to be cheapened.

Don't allow entitlement to a few of the fortunate/priveledged. High school sports should be fair and equal. What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander.

Proud to be American
West Jordan, UT

Orem Parent, you hit the nail on the head. I am happy for the young men that are going to get their college paid for. But high school sports are built around the premise that the 98% of the kids who do NOT get their college paid for get a chance to compete and learn life lessons.

The AAU circuit is great for those who are good enough to travel and prove that they deserve a scholarship. But having the AAU kids that live in 10 different areas of Utah all come to one high school to play for their AAU coach is just plain wrong.

JD Books
Sulphurdale, UT

Where is the love for Race Parsons from South Sevier?

Respect The Game
Provo, UT

Everyone here- I hope you realize that most of these tournaments are being paid by Under Armour adn At&T etc.

Also, Mika, Emery, Haws, Toolson, Curtis, Frampton These kids at Lone peak have lived in Alpine/Highland Area for over ten years. So dont just come on here and post comments if your not even sure if its accurate at all. If your not sure why not ask- "Hey, Is mika even from Alpine?"

Unlike Quinn Peters who started out at Lone Peak and transferred to Orem for playing time. Or what about the guard that transferred for his senior year to play with loveridge at We3st Jordan last year? He averaged 25 a game adn got and moved "moved 10 miles away to play with WJ adn lose in the semi-final.

Greenwood, IN

People find any reason they can to complain. Whether or not your team is the one traveling the country playing these games or not, this is good for Utah high school basketball. It brings attention to the state for all of the teams, and not just Lone Peak. Despite appearances to the contrary, Lone Peak won't be on top of the heap forever, and when they come down, the teams that take their place will benefit from the exposure and competition, that Lone Peak helped to create.

Draper, UT

JD Brooks, your team is good and has some talented kids. But you lost to West Jordan. Please, you have got to quit comparing oranges to apples.

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