The Utah prep all-star basketball players scheduled to face the Soviet Junior National Team in Salt Lake City next month now comprise a complete and official 12-player squad.
Bingham's 6-foot-7 Kenneth Roberts, Cottonwood's 6-7 Justin Weidauer and Emery's 7-4 Shawn Bradley were the first three to be tabbed for the select team - in fact, they were the guests of honor at the news conference last month when the May 17 game with the Soviets was "officially" announced.The other nine added to the team are: Clearfield's 6-10 center Russell Larson, American Fork's 6-7 center Jon Miller, Judge Memorial's 5-9 guard Jimmy Soto, Timpview's 6-0 guard Quincy Lewis, Provo's 6-7 forward Mark Durrant, Provo's 6-7 frontliner James Johnson, Timpview's 6-6 frontliner Bryon Ruffner, Judge Memorial's 6-1 guard Chris Jones, and Richfield's 6-4 guard Ryan Cuff.
The 12 were the end product of a process that started with the selection and ranking of two dozen qualified candidates by a 10-man committee of coaches and other officials. Letters were sent to the initial 24, asking for interest, response and a commitment to the 10-plus practices starting on May 2.
Some lower-ranked players were able to move up into the vacancies left when high-ranked candidates declined to participate because of outside involvements, such as spring sports like baseball and track.
"I know there are some disappointed kids, and I feel badly for them," said Alta Coach Ron Carling, who heads up the state's coaches association. "There are a lot of talented kids who could play (on the team)."
Carling and Mountain View Athletic Director Joel Gardiner will assist Judge Memorial Coach Jim Yerkovich in coaching the Utah all-stars.