DougedugCheck out the home page of the New York Times where
you'll find an article that begins:"Here, among a string of
quiet Mormon towns, where the spires of Latter-day Saints churches glint against
the Wasatch Mountains, is the home of what many consider the nation’s best
high schoolboys’ basketball team."
DougedugA team full of athletes isn't necessarily the best
team. I'll take a championship caliber team over a team full of all-stars
any day.Versus Common OpponentsFindley Prep beat
Montverde 62-59Lone Peak beat Montverde 66-45Findley Prep beat
Foothill 76-40Lone Peak beat Foothill 72-38
@DougedugLone Peak lost in only one of the many national tournaments
this year not "Always". The one game they lost was for the
Championship. Findley is a fine school. Lone Peak has proven to be excellent
also. Lone Peak doesn't have a recruited base, they are all home grown
talent and their strength is they play as a team. They are also excellent
talent and National coaches want them too but they all committed early. From
what I've seen of their national games they deserve their #1 National
ratings until some one proves they don't.
These kids are talented and should be able to make a name for themselves in the
college game, if not getting a shot at the NBA. First, they gotta win State and
then a National Title falls into place.This Lone Peak team gets
great national exposure for our great state.
KralonESPN covers the one that matters, one of the problems is I
don't think the UHSAA would allow LP to play in it. I can imagine that
Lone Peak is a great team and can beat a lot of teams, but Findlay Prep is that
good, that is why they have every college coach in the nation attend their
games. FP is full of athletes. Sorry to say I don't think Lone Peak has
that caliber of players, that is why when they go to theses tournaments during
the season they always end up losing the championship game.
'Dougedug'There are many different High School Basketball
rankings systems. The most popular currently is MaxPreps. MaxPreps actually has
two different ranking systems - Freeman, that is only statistically based and
'Xcellent 25' which includes MaxPreps' writer opinions. In both
of these systems Lone Peak is ranked #1. In the Freeman ranking Findlay Prep is
ranked #2 and in the Xcellent 25 Findlay Prep is not even ranked.There is no 'official' High School basketball championship, but many
invitational tournaments so the actual best High School basketball team is a
best guess by each of the several organizations that choose to declare a
champion. Not too strangely the organizations tend to pick a champion school
from the tournaments they help sponsor!My best guess is that Lone
Peak would have a great chance at beating Findlay Prep, but it is impossible to
know what would actually happen. I've seen Lone Peak play and only read
about Findlay Prep so what do I know?
Chris,You forgot the "student" part of student-athletes in your
diatribe. Academics are an integral part of BYU's athletics. The ACT is as
important as your time in the 40. Your implication that athleticism isn't
present is strangely at odds with KVN and Ziggy among others. You're
correct that BYU is not primarily a farm club for the NFL, but it is a farm club
for life. Take it from a U grad.
I thought that to win the national championship you had to play in the HS
national championship tournament. Findlay Prep from Henderson, NV is favored to
win this tournament again this year. As good as Lone Peak is I don't think
that they would have a chance to compete against Findlay Prep.
Go Cougs!--the true State Champions of Utah.
Very proud to be a Cougar! Go lone Peak!
@ U-tah:You have to remember that these guys have been playing the top
high schools in the nation. All of them going to BYU is only going to help them
get better. It is hard to say that they will be "pigeon holed" because
they aren't going to Duke or Kentucky or the likes. But if they are the
best high school team in the nation then them going to BYU together and adding
other really good talent from other schools is only going to give them a real
shot at making some noise nationally at the college level. It is really hard to
say who will make it and who won't make it in the NBA ie. Greg Oden, Kawame
Brown, or DeMarre Carrol. Guys make it that "shouldn't" and guys
don't when they "should". I say them staying together in college
will be a better benefit then going to different bigger schools. But only time
@ Serenity Now -AMEN. Well stated. U-tah just
can't see it...or simply chooses not to see it. A kid who chooses BYU just
might be perfectly happy with it and have no regrets. It's possible to
choose the school, choose the environment, choose the experience, and not give a
lick about what athletic conference he will play in. These young men have had
the best mentors, coaches and parents, and they've played the best teams in
the country. To suggest that they care more about who "remembers them"
than they care about each other, God and Family.....well..... you just
don't get it, then. Each of them have earned the happy lives they lead and
if they continue on in the same direction, even at BYU, they won't be the
ones regretting anything. 'Good luck to you' if you can't
Good Luck in the State Tournament, keep the intensity up and play defense. God
things happen when you both of those. Leave it all on the floor...