Two Utah prep basketball players Emery County's Shawn Bradley and Taylorsville's Natalie Williams - have advanced as regional finalists for the Gatorade's National Player-of-the-Year honors.
Bradley and Williams have been named as the Gatorade Circle of Champions Mountain Regional High School Basketball Player of the Year for the boys' and girls' divisions, respectively. The pair were honored earlier as Utah's top prep basketball players in the Circle of Champion state-by-state selection.Bradley is a 7-foot-4 junior center who helped the Spartans to an undefeated season and the state 2A championship. And Williams, a 6-foot-3 senior center-forward who was the Deseret News MVP in 4A girls' basketball last season, aided in Taylorsville's recent 4A state title triumph.
The two are finalists for the "Mountain Region," which is comprised of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The finalists from each of the eight regions will compete for the fourth-annual national honors.
Previous boys' winners of the state-only award in Utah include East's Josh Grant, Ben Lomond's Kurt Miller and Bonneville's Kendall Youngblood.
Bradley and Williams also received additional national honors recently, being named to Parade Magazine's All-America High School Basketball Teams.
Williams was a repeat honoree on the girls' first team, while Bradley was selected to the boys' third team.