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