Sounds like Coach Lewis builds his program in the same way as Scott Hunt at
South Sevier, with homegrown talent.
@ BountifulThe only reason that Lone Peak lost by such a large
margin is because they played a triple overtime game late the night before and
just ran out of legs in the end. They hung with the championship team for 3
qtrs... Plus they weren't ranked anywhere near as high back then either, so
I would say they lived up to their ranking at the time.Lone Peak
just beat Mississippi 62-42 in 2012 City of palms first round. Off to a good
usalover...1st off, just because you "played" ball many
years ago, doesn't mean the teams you saw are as good/worse as you
might've seen them. 2nd, people like us can see whats going on
with the other teams "night in and out" because we have the internet,
and a lot of us have already been following how well teams like simeon and
chester, etc have been playing.and lastly, it's one thing to
say that you don't think lone peak is #1...but to say that they don't
have a chance, just really shows how much you really haven't payed
attention to them play or how the other nationally ranked teams have played.
because i can promise they have a HUGE chance at ending as #1. but then again i
like to rate teams as i watch them when they play the game...not when i played
basketball who knows how long ago.
I don't a committee can say who is the best high school team. There are
far fewer colleges and every year their are valid arguments about who should be
in the BCS and the March Madness field. Still I am pulling for Lone
Peak to do well and hope some games from this tournament will be able to be
viewed.Last year Lone Peak did great in one of these tournaments but
still took a 28 point beating in the championship game. The rankings keep
people interested and help MaxPreps charge more for advertising.
@USA Lover Toot Toot that's the sound of a hornPlaying D1
basketball, playing one year overseas and having been to AAU Tournaments
doesn't validate someone's opinion. I've been to a professional
football game, won an intramural flag football championship, and was a Rockstar
on NFL Blitz 2000. Do those things make me an expert on football? I think
not.Once again, it's impossible to know what high school team
in any sport is number one.
Like I said, let's wait until after the tournament. Also, as opposed to
you, Quincy didn't say they couldn't beat those teams. He said a team
from Utah is not going to have a bullseye on their back like they do here. I can
promise you Quincy believes whole-heartedly that Lone Peak can play with and
beat any team they play. I agree with you to an extent that it is
hard to compile perfectly accurate rankings for high school athletics. However,
I would argue that it is fairly easy to identify the best players, what teams
they play for, how those teams do, the competition they face, etc. It is also
fairly easy to identify the best teams in a particular state. Why then would it
be hard to take those top teams and compare them to one another? These experts
do it as a profession. When Lone Peak is a consensus top 5 team, be assured that
these people know what they are talking about.
I don't know if Jabari would be the top player, if playing for Lone Peak.
If Lone Peak wins that Tournament, I'll gladly crown them #1. Again, I
don't think High School rankings are valid because there is no way for
voters to see teams night in and night out. And, if you read the
article, Quincy Lewis more or less said what I said.
Lone Peak would seem to demonstrate the triumph of team over individual talent.
Sure the big three are excellent, and you wonder if Emery will ever miss a shot,
and T.J. always finds away to get around the defenders, but so many other teams
have equal talent. I watched them dismantle a bit-city team at last year's
shootout in Orem that was bigger and badder but could never get into the flow
the way these Highland/Alpine kids did.
USALover,The head coach of Simeon high school disagrees with you.
After Lone Peak beat a nationally ranked team out of Chicago by 40,
Simeon's head coach said he thought Lone Peak was the best team in the
country right now, including his own. Scouts, experts, and coaches alike have
followed this team and these players for years now, and all of them agree they
are a top 5 team. They routinely beat top AAU teams from all around the country.
We'll see how they do in the best high school tournament in the country
this week. Until then, try to keep biases and stereotypes about teams from Utah
to a minimum.
If Lone Peak wins the City of Palms classic, there's no doubt, they are #1.
Possible opponents:2nd Round: #3 Chester, Penn3rd Round: #5
South Wind, TN, #10 Paul VI, VAchampionship: #2 Long Beach Poly, #4
Whitney Young, #13 Omaha CentralDang that's a loaded feild!
@ USALoverLet's wait and see how they do in Florida. If they
win that tournament, that really give Lone Pead a solid agruement for the #1
slot. That feild is absolutely loaded with several of the best teams from across
the country. Personally, I will be pulling for Lone Peak!
USAloverWhat makes you think your opinion is any more valid than
MaxPreps?I've watched Lone Peak and Simeon this year and quite
frankly, I wasn't nearly as impressed with Simeon as I've been with
Lone Peak.Granted, Jabari is still recovering from an injured foot,
but even with a healthy Parker, Lone Peak has the size, quickness and shooting
ability to hang with the Simeons of HS basketball.
Folks, folks, folks,There is no way for a committee of any kind to
be able to vet, watch, rate, rank or analyze High School teams well enough to
create a reliable ranking system.That, in no way, diminishes the
accomplishment of Lone Peak. I love them. I cheer for them (on a national
level). They are probably the best High School team ever from Utah. Every team
here is simply playing for second place.I've been around, lived
out of state. I played D1 college ball and one year of professional basketball
abroad. I've been to AAU Tournaments in Vegas, Florida, Virginia, North
Carolilna, California and Washington DC. I know what's out there, and I
don't think Lone Peak can beat the Simeons, Oak Hills, Demathas, and Mater
Deas of the world. Those teams are too lengthy, quick, big and springy for Lone
Peak to beat.I could always be wrong. Regardless, those kids will
represent Utah extremely well. They are an awfully special group of High School
players...and all from Alpine. Wow! Good luck Knights!
USAlover,The committee that ranks the High School teams is hardly
laden heavily with Utah or BYU supporters. If there is a bias, it would not be
in Lone Peak's favor. Good luck in Florida!
While I congratulate the Lone Peak boys team for their great accomplishment and
wish them luck in the coming basketball season... I must point out that they are
not the FIRST high school basketball team to be ranked number one nationally...
That would have to be Mountain View High School's Girls basketball team
back in the '90s... They actually finish the season number one in the
nation. Sorry Lone Peak...
@USAloverHow does anyone ever know who the number one team in any
high school sport is? How about we enjoy the positive exposure for these young
men, our great state and its wonderfully talented athletes.Go get
em' Lone Peak.
Go get 'em Knights! Wish we could watch these games online!
Quincy Lewis is clearly not only a great coach but a superlative program
builder. With his camps and clinics, he prepares local kids from an early age to
become part of the Knight legacy. Kids in the Lone Peak area dream of growing up
to play for the Knights just as kids elsewhere grow up dreaming of playing for
their favorite college team.
Just do your best and you'll represent us well.
Good luck Lone Peak. Unlike USALover, I do think that you are and can be the
number one team in the nation. (No, I am not a LP parent or supporter... I just
think they are a special team!) You have shown that by beating many top ranked
teams over the last few years! Stay humble and don't take anything for
Congratulations on your great success and selection of university you'll
attend and play for after HS--BYU! We can't wait to see you perform in the
years to come. Good luck in the tournament!
Congratulations to Quincy Lewis and the Lone Peak kids. You're obviously
spectacularly good. But I don't think for a minute that you're the
best High School team in the country.