Wasatch Academy a top BB programs in the State. They could probably beat all
but the best 4a and 5a teams. Orem is in the top 4-5 4a teams and WA beat them
in double overtime. They are probably pretty equal. Unfortunately
for WA their "season" is over in January 1. They played some good teams
in Vegas and in preseason, but playing the 2a teams in the state is like a
college team playing high school teams. How exciting will it be to play Emery,
The Seviers, and Grand? WA has 5 starters that can play college
ball. John is a DI top level player, Luzcando is a DII to mid major D1, Mohammad
is a DII+ player, Baptist is a Juco/DII player. There is a huge
drop off with their bench; one quality guard, the rest would struggle for much
playing time at most Utah HS.If they can continue to recruit DI
caliber players it would be a good idea to move them to 4a classification,
however the coach will need to replace his talented seniors, as the bench
players look fairly similar to Sevier, Grand and Emery and Tintic.
There's a real problem in Utah athletics, involving some private schools.
The state needs to do one of two things. They can make private schools compete
in their own league, or they can move them up a class or two. Many states do
one of those two things, and it works well.If you look at the
statistics on private schools winning championships in Utah, it's pretty
obvious they have an advantage, especially in the smaller classifications. It simply isn't right to have a small town school with a limited
talent pool compete for a state title, against a school team designed
specifically to showcase and develop international athletes for college
Enrollment size of 300 has nothing to do with how good a basketball team is when
recruiting is the only way to get kids of this caliber to play at the school.
If WA can "recruit" but other regulars schools cannot "recruit"
why then is WA appointed to compete against schools based on school size.
Sounds ridiculous not only to the other 2A schools who don't recruit based
on athletics and it seems unfair to WA who play against state schools that cant
give them any real competition. WA does need to play against 5A schools or only
play against other private schools in my opinion.
WA has a targeted team from all over the world with intentional results. They
have abused the system and have no other private schools defending them. Their
coach said they would play up but UHSAA has to make that call. That was John
Swallowish because they didn't ask to be moved up after destroying 2A last
Divisions in Utah high school athletics are based only on how big the school is,
not its level of talent. Wasatch Academy is in the right division for how big
its school is.
It might be best to leave WA in 2 A where they play other schools of similar
size. It would be humiliating for top notch 5 A teams to lose to the likes of
WA. A 5A state champion with an enrollment of less than 300?
so why is Wasatch Academy a 2A school for bball, that is a bit ridiculous, if
you create a prep school for the sole purpose of recruiting and training
division one basketball talent, then you should be playing at the highest level
of competition within the state of Utah.