The 2016-2017 high school basketball season gets underway this Tuesday with 35 games around the state. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 5A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

Here are the 5A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 1 Capsules


1. Fremont High School

Head Coach: Corey Melaney (8th year)

2015-2016 Record: 13-11 (Tied for 3rd Region 1 with a 7-5 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to American Fork, 85-54, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Saxton Morby, Guard, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg

Zach Taylor, Center, Jr., 0.4 ppg

Coach Comment: "Our team will be well balanced with post and perimeter players. Defining and accepting roles will play a huge part in the success of our year. The success of football will give us momentum to the basketball season with many two and three sport athletes.”

2. Sky View High School

Head Coach: Kirk Hillyard (6th year)

2015-2016 Record: 15-9 (2nd in Region 1 with a 9-3 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Layton, 70-69, in the 5A Quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Luke White, Forward, Sr., 10.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg

Peyton Falslev, Guard/Forward, Sr., 1.4 ppg

Bracken Falslev, Forward, Sr., 1.6 ppg

Carter Berish, Guard, Soph.

Coach Comment: “Excited for this group of kids they have played together along time and understand the game very well. They like each other and will make each other better players every day in practice.”

3. Weber High School

Head Coach: Ryan Jones (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 19-4 (1st in Region 1 with a 12-0 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Westlake, 70-51, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Connor Shaw, Guard, Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.1 spg

Austin Tolman, Forward, Sr.

Hunter Howe, Guard, Jr.

Austin Bartholomew, Guard, Jr.

Kobe Furqueron, Forward, Jr.

Coach Comment: "Excited for the season. We are young, but have some talented, hard-working guys. This may be a blue collar type season for us, but the guys are coming together, working on chemistry, as well as the other little things they know it takes to win.”

4. Roy High School

Head Coach: Terry Shriver (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 6-15 (6th in Region 1 with a 3-9 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Justin Boley, Center, Sr., 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Alex Lamb, Guard, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.0 spg

Triston Bitton, Guard, Jr., 7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg

Coach Comment: "We are really looking forward to this upcoming season. We have some strong seniors and will depend strongly on our junior class. We are young with some experience, this should help us out during the season. We really love the athleticism this team has. If we can play defense and share the ball we should be very competitive in our region 1."

5. Northridge High School

Head Coach: Lyndon Johnson (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 7-16 (5th in Region 1 with a 4-8 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Kade Flitton, Guard, Sr., 3.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.7 apg

Jensen Clifford, Forward, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 apg

Landon Isaacson, Guard, Jr., 2.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.3 apg

Matt Goodrich, Guard, Jr.

CJ Stott, Guard, Sr.

Daquan Willis, Guard, Sr.

Jake Hotchkiss, Forward, Jr.

Jackson Kohl, Forward, Jr. Coach Comment: "We have more experience coming back. Kids have been in our program now for 3 years. We will be improved.”

6. Clearfield High School

Head Coach: Curtis Hulse (12th year)

2015-2016 Record: 0-21 (7th in Region 1 with a 0-12 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Boston Allen, Guard, Sr., 5.81 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.9 spg

Rhett Jensen, Forward, Sr.

Antonio Santos, Guard, Jr.

Corbin Rich, Forward, Sr., 2.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Coach Comment: "Very excited about this season and these young men. They have a great attitude, work ethic and team chemistry. I have no doubt that they will give great effort every single night."

7. Mountain Crest High School

Head Coach: Kyle Straatman (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 12-11 (Tied for 3rd in Region 1 with a 7-5 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak, 79-66, in the 5A first round

Returning starters: 0

Returning contributors: None

Coach comment: "We are very young and do not have much experience at the varsity level. We are looking forward to working hard and trying to earn a spot in the state tournament at the end of the year.”


Region 2 Capsules


1. Davis High School

Head Coach: Chad Sims (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 15-8 (2nd in Region 2 with a 10-2 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Brighton, 55-52, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Ben Rigby, Forward, Sr., 9.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg

Braxton Taylor, Forward, Sr., 0.4 ppg

Carson Bush, Forward, Sr.

Braden Sims, Guard, Sr.

Hayden Grange, Guard, Sr., 2.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.9 spg

Cade Whicker, Guard, Sr.

Taylor Day, Forward, Sr.

Coach Comment: "This year’s team is very talented, but we will look to build upon our great chemistry. Our kids this year really like each other and love to compete. We have some experience, some height, some shooters, and tough kids. We look forward to practice every day to prepare for a tough schedule. This year is going to be a lot of fun."

2. Layton High School

Head Coach: Kelby Miller (8th year)

2015-2016 Record: 16-9 (1st in Region 2 with an 11-1 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Bingham, 71-42, in the 5A semifinals

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Ben Baily, Guard, Sr., 0.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.6 apg

Blake Hansen, Guard, Sr., 2.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.6 spg

Skyler Turner, Center, Jr., 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Truman, Brown, Guard, Jr., 0.4 ppg

Coach Comment: "We are excited about this year's group. We think that they will just build on what we have been able to accomplish over the last few years at Layton High. Next to our state championship team two years ago, this is the deepest team I've had at Layton High. We have a great mix of shooters, bigs, and guys that are good athletes. With the leadership that our seniors bring, we are expecting great things this year.”

3. Viewmont High School

Head Coach: Jeff Emery (20th year)

2015-2016 Record: 13-10 (Tied for 3rd in Region 2 with a 7-5 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Bingham, 70-32, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Lewis Johnson, Guard, Sr., 6.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.4 spg

Jared Stringham, Guard, Sr., 3.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg,

Weston Taylor, Guard, Sr., 0.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Coach Comment: "Looking forward to coaching this team. We are very inexperienced at the varsity level, but they really want to be good and have a good mix of some size and shooters. Biggest challenge is getting everyone healthy and then using the preseason to figure out how to play to our strengths and give the players some varsity game experience."

4. Syracuse High School

Head Coach: Troy Anderson (4th year)

2015-2016 Record: 12-11 (Tied for 3rd in Region 2 with a 7-5 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Copper Hills, 61-43, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Brock Gilbert, Guard, Junior

Drew Carlson, Forward, Senior

Dylan Brower, Forward, Senior

Coach Comment: “We have an outstanding group of young men who work well together. We have several players that have varsity experience. I feel we have a very strong pre-season schedule that will require us to play intense defense and challenge us to execute offensively. We are looking forward to a very competitive region 2 schedule.”

5. Hunter High School

Head Coach: Robb Collins (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 7-16 (5th in Region 2 with a 5-7 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Additional information not provided

6. Granger High School

Head Coach: Jason Chandler (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 3-20 (Tied for 6th in Region 2 with a 1-11 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Jason Murillo, Forward, Jr., 9.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.7 spg

Anel Alagic, Forward, Jr., 9.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.3 spg

Jordan Taylor, Forward, Sr., 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Jordan Griffith, Center, Sr., 1.1 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Roulervee Vann, Guard, Sr., 2.1 ppg, 0.5 apg

Coach Comment: "We have players returning with previous experience and are hopeful this season - when we play together and for each other we can be successful. We look forward to competing for a playoff spot in Region 2.”

7. West High School

Head Coach: Dave Hammer (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 5-19 (Tied for 6th in Region 2 with a 1-11 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Olie Turner, Forward, Sr., 2.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Cole Dunkley, Forward, Jr., 1.2 ppg

Piol Makuei, Guard, Jr.

David Sanchez, Forward, Jr.

Coach Comment: “We have a young team that with very little varsity experience; however, we are coming together as a team and improving each and every day. We are excited to see how much and how fast we can improve throughout this season.”


Region 3 Capsules


1. Bingham High School

Head Coach: Jake Schroeder (4th year)

2015-2016 Record: 24-2 (1st in Region 3 with a 12-0 record)

2016 Postseason: Beat Copper Hills, 61-44, in the 5A championship game

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Lleyton Parker, Guard, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg

Dason Youngblood, Guard, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.7 spg

Branden Carlson, Center, Sr., 3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 apg

Coach Comment: "We are very excited about the upcoming season. I am excited to see how we compete. The boys have worked extremely hard this off-season, and are looking ahead to the upcoming season and the challenges ahead."

2. Copper Hills High School

Head Coach: Andrew Blanchard (5th year)

2015-2016 Record: 22-4 (2nd in Region 3 with a 9-3 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Bingham, 61-44, in the 5A championship game

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Stockton Shorts, Forward, Sr., 11.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg

Coach Comment: "Our team looks to build on to the tradition created here at Copper Hills High School. We bring back Stockton Shorts who is a three year starter and add some talented seniors and a sophomore that have a lot of potential to do great things. This year’s team works hard on the court and in the classroom, earning a 3.75 cumulative team GPA, and having two potential Academic All-State players in Rowland Bolman III and Parker Rollins that have earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Go Grizzlies!”

3. Brighton High School

Head Coach: Garrett Wilson (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 16-9 (3rd in Region 3 with an 8-4 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Westlake, 54-48, in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Tate Weichers, Guard, Sr., 5.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.9 spg

Andrew Covey, Guard, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg

Cam Krystkowiak, Forward/Center, Jr., 0.2 ppg,

Adam Christensen, Guard/Forward, Jr., 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.6 spg

Luc Krystkowiak, Guard/Forward, So., 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.6 spg

Coach Comment: "Our coaching staff is very excited to be taking over such a storied program in high school basketball, and right out of the gate feel like we have a team with the potential to be pretty good. With the coaching change, our boys were put behind the eight ball and have been forced to learn a new system and new habits of mind. But they have been putting in tremendous amounts of work since March and have already bought in to the new staff and our way of doing things. So, if we can navigate through a tough preseason and see growth in our learning curve, I think we will be able to compete in a very good Region 3."

4. West Jordan High School

Head Coach: Scott Briggs (18th year)

2015-2016 Record: 15-10 (Tied for 4th in Region 3 with a 5-7 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Layton, 54-38, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Darrian Nebeker, Forward, Jr., 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg

Davis Misrasi, Forward, Sr., 8.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.6 spg

Collin Larson, Guard, Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg

Connor Manglinong, Guard, Sr., 2.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg

Brian Banks, Center, Sr., 3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Coach Comment: "West Jordan Basketball 2016-17 returns 3 starters and a couple of other contributors who came off the bench. Great students, good kids who are looking to build on last year’s 15 wins and play-off berth. Will compete and play hard – looking forward to a balanced, competitive Region 3."

5. Jordan High School

Head Coach: Trace Bevell (4th year)

2015-2016 Record: 11-14 (Tied for 4th in Region 3 with a 5-7 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Josh Christensen, Guard, Jr., 11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg

Spencer Curtis, Guard, Sr., 13.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg

Isiah Jackson, Guard, Sr., 2.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg

Coach Comment: "With the return of quality players and a combination of new players we are excited for the upcoming season. We have a difficult preseason schedule which will hopefully prepare us for Region 3 play.”

6. Taylorsville High School

Head Coach: Bernie Graziano (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 5-18 (6th in Region 3 with a 2-10 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Contributors:

Tristin Madsen, Guard, Jr.

Daniel Springer, Guard, Sr., 1.1 ppg

Crosby Bringhurst, Guard, Sr., 10.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg

Dominic Hafford, Guard, Sr., 5.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg

Jameson Larsen, Forward, Sr.

Marc Pacheco, Forward, Sr., 1.4 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Jace Simons, Guard, Sr., 5.6 ppg

Chase Hess, Guard, Sr., 4.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg

Josh Sterzer, Guard, Sr., 1.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Coach Comment: "We have a solid group of seniors that have great team chemistry. I believe that they are very unselfish and care more about the team’s success than themselves. They are a lot of fun to work with and I’m looking forward to the season. We will have to win the close games to make the State Tournament. Our Region is very strong again.”

7. Cottonwood High School

Head Coach: Lance Gummersall (1st year)

2015-2016 Record: 4-16 (7th in Region 3 with a 1-11 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Malik Johnson, Guard, Sr., 2.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg

Spence McDonald, Guard, Jr., 5.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.3 apg

Coach Comment: "It’s a fresh start for Cottonwood basketball. We have a lot of young, raw talent that we are hoping to mold into something good this season.”


Region 4 Capsules


1. Lone Peak High School

Head Coach: David Evans (2nd year)

2015-2016 Record: 21-5 (1st in Region 4 with an 11-1 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Copper Hills, 74-59, in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Nate Harkness, Forward, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 spg

Steven Ashworth, Guard, Jr., 8.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg

Chantry Ross, Guard, Jr., 1.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.8 spg

Max McGrath, Forward, Sr., 0.6 ppg

Coach Comment: "We are excited about this upcoming season. We feel that we shoot and move the ball well and play solid defense.”

2. American Fork High School

Head Coach: Doug Meacham (15th year)

2015-2016 Record: 19-6 (2nd in Region 4 with an 8-4 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Bingham, 71-57, in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Jake Whitehead, Guard, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg

Zach McWhorter, Center, Sr., 0.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Isaac Johnson, Guard/Forward, So., 1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Coach Comment: “I’m excited to see if our underclassmen can play older than they are. We have some really skilled and solid players and they have been working hard to be more physical and tough both mentally and physically. We are a solid group that wants to do the little things right now to win and if they can keep that focus they could surprise some teams.”

3. Pleasant Grove High School

Head Coach: Randy McAllister (15th year)

2015-2016 Record: 16-7 (3rd in Region 4 with a 7-5 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Sky View, 63-49, in the 5A first round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Casey Brown, Guard, So., 2.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 spg

Matt Van Komen, Center, So., 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg

David Peterson, Guard, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 spg

Tyler Pearson, Guard, Jr.

Kainoa Maldonado, Guard, Jr.

Coach Comment: "This year’s group has worked extremely hard in the off season. We will have players that will need to develop at positions they may not have had to play in the past. Rebounding and defense are 2 areas that will be key for us to be able to compete at the 5A level this year. Also, with the number of underclassmen that will be playing major minutes for us, poise and taking care of the ball are going to be very important.”

4. Westlake High School

Head Coach: Nate Carling (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 19-7 (Tied for 4th in Region 4 with a 6-6 record)

2016 Postseason: Lost to Copper Hills, 58-40, in the 5A semifinals

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Shamon Willis, Guard, Sr., 5.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg

Marqus Gilson, Forward, Sr., 1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Isaac Lungren, Guard, Sr., 0.2 ppg

Coach Comment: "We have a relatively young and inexperienced team returning to Westlake High. We are fortunate, however, to return our point guard and senior-leader, Shamon Willis. We also have a deep group of quality players, led by Marqus Gilson and Isaac Lungren, whom are excited for their turn to compete and prove themselves. Our team success will hinge primarily on our ability to defend and rebound at a very high level and play with poise and confidence on the offensive end.”

5. Herriman High School

Head Coach: Brad Tingey (7th year)

2015-2016 Record: 10-11 (6th in Region 4 with a 3-9 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Noah Vaea, Guard, Sr., 4.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.9 spg

Juney Leakehe, Guard, Sr.

Dylan Jenson, Forward, Sr.

Ryan McCann, Guard, Sr.

Coach Comment: "Herriman will be very young and inexperienced this season. Only two returning players have any real varsity experience. That being said, we are balanced with skilled bigs and solid perimeter players. We feel we will get better as the season progresses and will be competitive in a tough Region 4.”

6. Lehi High School

Head Coach: Sean Yeager (2nd year)

2015-2016 Record: 14-10 (Tied for 4th in Region 4 with a 6-6 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Coach Comment: “We’re excited for the season to get started! The boys feel they have a lot to prove and might be overlooked. Offensively we’ll have more balance & depth compared to last season. We should be stronger defensively.”

7. Riverton High School

Head Coach: Skyler Wilson (3rd year)

2015-2016 Record: 6-17 (7th in Region 4 with a 1-11 record)

2016 Postseason: Did not qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Nate Headrick, Forward, Sr., 3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg

Tanner Thacker, Guard, Sr., 4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.4 spg

Brock Anderson, Forward, Jr., 3.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Coach Comment: "We are very excited about the upcoming season of basketball here at Riverton. In order to compete with the best teams in the state we will have to play great team defense and take advantage of our quality depth in the post. I think we have a team that could beat anyone on any given night. Our challenge will be overcoming a general lack of varsity experience. But I’m confident in the toughness and togetherness of this group of players."

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