Well InformedIrony of ironies (your screen name). First, how much
post high school basketball did you play? Second, the NBA, while phenomenally
talented athletes (perhaps the best pound for pound in the world), is little
more than show business. It's entertainment. The league caters to the big
names who are the big draws to fill up arenas and sell tickets. It's about
the money (duh). As far as basketball goes, I'm a purist. Basketball is
about playing both ends of the court-taking as much pride in one's
defensive skills as in one's offensive skills e.g. "Give me the rock
(every time) and get outa my way!". Basketball is a TEAM sport. Yes, LP
faced teams this past year that had tremendous talent, individually, but few if
any hit on all 5 cylinders as the Knights did-on both ends of the court and in
between. Remember, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school squad. Playing
in the NBA is largely irrelevant. It has little or nothing to do with how well
a college team does or at least it should. Furthermore, playing in the NBA is
not what life's about.
@azute1 and @well informed:Congrats are in order! You have achieved
a new level in journalistic commentary by not waiting for college enrollments;
instead you have shown your considerable wisdom by attempting to minimize the
considerable achievements of high school juniors and seniors, because several
members of the team -- drum roll, please -- have dared to commit to play at
BYU! Horrors! Off with their 16 and 17 year old heads! Time to teach them how
proper adults react to such willful misconduct! Glad to see that someone was
smart and clever enough to take to public media to stamp out such a blight on
our fair community! At least you were there to step forward, when even Chrissy
and Naval Vet let us down by remaining silent over this outrage. Glad to know
that you were there to establish this new standard of conduct -- get 'em
while they're young! All of us will be whistling "Utah Man" and
stocking up on our crimson TP as we toast your classy treatment of these
loathsome young hoodlums. Hooray for Utah fans everywhere, and please keep your
clever commentary coming!!!!
I feel sorry for the Ute Fans... And I feel like the Coug Fans are not being
understanding enough...I mean think about it... Their Basketball
program is completely irrelevant... They are 1-11 against BYU over the past 7
years, they continue to drag down the PAC 10.2 in National reputation as one of
the consistent bottom dwellers (10th last year)... They lose on their home floor
to Sacramento State and Cal Northridge from the Big West Conference (who few
people have even heard of), and they lost to a Division II Baptist College the
year before. In addition, BYU is recruiting at the Elite level while Utah is
hustling to get 2 star recruits... And, no one shows up to watch them anymore...
Lone Peak had far more fans watch them last year than a so called Division I
program in a BCS Conference... How embarrassing... I feel sorry for
them. Fans like Azute and Well Informed might be the last two active Ute
Basketball Fans to be found (actually I met a Ute fan from Spokane earlier this
week but he has converted to Gonzaga which allows him to still wear his Red
I promise not to point out the irony of AZUTE's stance on the LP national
championship as long as he and his ilk promise to never again cite a BCS Bowl
win over Pitt as a significant football achievement.
I hope they get Toolson. And I think there are 2-3 NBA players on the team.
More importantly they played team ball to win. You could see that when they
beat that team from CA when playing in Boston.
The 'well informed' comment isn't so informed after all. Last I
checked, basketball is a team sport. The reason Lone Peak's success is so
amazing is exactly because they were pummeling teams with kids who have NBA
talent. To say none of the boys are headed to the NBA is both unknown and
irrelevant. What they produced as a TEAM was superior to anything else from
every other public school in the Nation. How is that not exciting?!
These guys were so good-it was scary. I was able to attend ten games and
witnessed 40 point leads after 3 quarters nearly every time. Then the starting 5
+Frampton were pulled and it got ugly fast.With Haws and Frampton
coming back it will be fun to see if LP will continue their streak of state
titles. Many of the Utah Valley schools PG, AF etc. and Davis are returing key
players so it will be tough to tell.If BYU can get Brekkot Chapman
and Payton Dastrup- the future BYU team will have an excellent chance to be a
final four team in 4-5 years.
Ute "fans" can't even congratulate a bunch of high school kids who
won a national championship because their best players are going to BYU. Nothing says "small" like big jealousy.
I love the game of basketball. I watch and follow all levels of the sport from
high school to the professionals. I congratulate this team, good
job Lone Peak basketball. But it is hard for me to get real excited
about this team and all the accolades they are receiving because there is
absolutely ZERO NBA talent on it. Not one Lone Peak player will play in the
NBA. And after watching a few of their players, I think some of them will
struggle at the next level, D1. So, being the high school national
champion doesn't mean much because a lot of players really don't
develop their game or their bodies until they are in their 20's.
@azute11 of 12 for BYU and the all time series lead over utah with
no end to the utah basketball futility in sight. BYU just signed a top 20
basketball recruiting class, utah just signed....well they signed some guys
almost no one else wanted. Congratulations?
@DEW CougarsThat quote was from Quincy Lewis.
Nothing screams "Mythical" like utah county does. byu defines
post-season futility and these kids will hardly change this fact. Shoot,
w/their most celebrated player ever, they managed to only reach The Sweet 16 and
did so for the 1st time in 3 decades. As I've stated before, byu is #1 in
the nation in pre-season NCs/accolades, hands-down.
T.J. said - "I think this might be the last time I actually see these guys
all together,” he said. “I’ll be missing these guys pretty
quick.”"Wait a minute you mean at LP? You will see your
other two guys after you finish your mission in three years right? Anyway, do
your best w/o your best two and third players (Mika & Emery and Shumway
football). Do your best on your LP senior year which will not be easy this time
around.So, USAToday didn't choose LP for HS NC, who are they HS
or NCAA coaches voters? Well it doesn't matter which LP got the main pieces
for the HS NC.
What an honor and to think that this will be the future of BYU basketball.
Basketball in Utah IS BYU.