OREM Viewmont High's Tommy Barrett didn't lead the Vikings on a deep state tournament run and is still looking for a place to play in college.
So when he was invited to play in the annual Utah High School Basketball Coaches Association's All-Star game, he said he was shocked.
Barrett, a second-team all-state pick, didn't waste his opportunity to play, as he turned in a performance that was equally as stunning as his invite. He scored a game-high 23 points while draining five 3-pointers to lead the 5A stars to a 132-97 win over the 4A All-Stars at Orem High on Saturday night.
"I wasn't even planning on being in this game because Davis (Emery) was the leader of our team this year and stuff," Barrett said. "I'm just happy to be here and that I got the opportunity to play."
After a tight first quarter, Barrett and Emery helped 5A begin to turn the game into a rout before halftime. Each of the Vikings made 3-pointers during a 12-0 run early in the second quarter.
"It was one of my better nights, I'd have to say," Barrett said. "It felt good."
Barrett was far from the only player feeling it from 3-point range on Saturday night. The 5A team sank a whopping 21 3-pointers in what was a typical defense-is-optional All-Star game. Emery, Lone Peak's Bracken Funk and Brighton's Jace Tavita each made three 3-pointers.
The 5A team, which had one more player on its roster than 4A, seemed to have fresher legs than the 4A stars. Players such as Lone Peak's Josh Sharp and Davis' Jackson Stevenett finished off several fast breaks for 5A, which built a 40-point lead in the third quarter.
"We just wanted to run, get up the floor and have fun," Sharp said.
Sharp put an exclamation point on 5A's easy win when he scored 5A's final basket of the game on a spectacular alley-oop slam on a pass from Funk.
"It was just a spur-of-the-moment type of thing," Sharp said. "I'm going to miss him as my teammate. He's a great guy to have around."
Snow Canyon's Dalton Groskruetz led 4A with 16 points, and Roy's Eric Hansen and Bountiful's Ben Aird each chipped in 14 points. Funk had 20 points, Stevenett scored 19 and Sharp had 18 points.
Before the 4A/5A All-Star game was played, Sharp won a dunk contest that included players from all five classifications. He sealed his victory when he dunked after jumping over Braden Bromley, the young son of one of Lone Peak's assistant coaches.
CLASS 3A 104, CLASS 2A 102: The larger-classification All-Stars overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the 2A team. The 3A team was too tough for 2A inside, as Bear River's Jake Miller had 26 points and Judge Memorial's Noel Hollingsworth had 23 points. Canyon View's Tyson McGrath paced 3A from the outside, scoring 18 points.
North Summit's Drew Robinson scored 24 points, South Summit's Brayden Stembridge had 18 points and South Sevier's Nathan Roberts had 17 points.1A NORTH 86, 1A SOUTH 83: Christian Heritage's Tyler Cooper scored all of his 22 points in the second half to lead 1A North over 1A South. Whitehorse's Trevor Martin had a game-high 26 points for 1A North, 18 of which came in the first half. The 1A South stars had a balanced scoring effort, as Rich's Kris Argyle led the way with 17 points and Tabiona's Tyler Giles contributed 14 points.
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