Calm. Cool. Humble. Competitive. Composed.

Those were just several words Alta basketball coach Dave Pimm used to describe 6-foot-2 guard Josh Olsen.

Pimm can now add a couple more — Mr. Basketball.

"He's a player," Pimm said. "Coach (Tony) Cannon said this a couple of weeks ago, 'Josh is probably the best player I'll ever coach' and I'll have to agree with him. Players like him don't come around too often. Good players came around but not great players."

Olsen, who signed to play for the University of Utah in December, was named the 2003 Deseret News Mr. Basketball Award winner — the most prestigious basketball award in the state.

With the honor, Olsen joins current and former Utah Utes Britton and Jeff Johnsen, Alex Jensen and Ben Melmeth as Mr. Basketball honorees.

Calm: With his team trailing by as many as 12 points to Jordan in the Class 5A state title game 10 days ago, Olsen stayed calm and scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half in leading the Hawks to the 65-53 victory.

Cool: In the pivotal second half, he knocked down three three-pointers with his sweet jump shot, which is considered one of the best in the state.

Humble: Olsen would be the first to say he wouldn't have had the success he had without the help of his teammates. Especially, seniors Geoff Payne, the 2003 5A MVP, and Danny Reeder, a first-team all stater.

"I guarantee he would have led the state in scoring if he wouldn't have had the supporting cast we had," Pimm said.

Composed: Olsen wasn't worried about his shot. He knew it would come. He concentrated on other parts of his game.

"Even if he didn't score many points in a game, he would do things on the floor to help the team," Pimm said.

Competitive: It doesn't matter if it's a game of horse in practice or for the state title, Olsen hates to lose.

Mr. Basketball: Olsen was second in the team in scoring at 16.4 points a game and drilled a classification-best 75 three-pointers.

Pimm also considers Olsen as the Hawks' best defender.

Behind his leadership, the Hawks won 15 straight games en route to the Region 2 championship and their first state basketball title since 1995.

"He's the best player I have ever coached, and I've coached for a lot of years," Pimm said.

Murray's Johnny Little, Timpview's Chris Miles and Pine View's Brad Garrett were also considered for the award.

Salt Lake Community College's Brody VanBrocklin received the award last year.


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