As the state's basketball teams prepare for region play, wins and losses become more important. The next six weeks will be about region titles and playoff seeding, rather than rankings or bragging rights. Heading into this critical section of their schedules, there are just four undefeated teams — 5A's Davis, 4A's Timpview and Springville, and 2A's Beaver.

Nationally ranked Lone Peak's only loss is to another nationally ranked team in the City of Palms Tournament. The Knights not only have a national ranking and the state's No. 1 ranking, they have three of the state's top 10 players in their starting line-up.

The Deseret News' 10 players to watch includes four future Cougars, one future Ute and two future Aggies. Of the 10 players, three are juniors, while the rest are seniors.

They include the state's top three offensive players — South Sevier's Race Parsons (26.1 ppg), East's Parker Van Dyke (27 ppg), and Weber's Hayden Schenck (28.4 ppg).

From across the state of Utah, here are all the players in the Deseret News boys prep hoops watch list.

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Nick Emery, Lone Peak

— 6-foot-2, Senior, point guard

— 18.6 ppg, 2.7, rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 spg

— Four-year starter has led Lone Peak to back-to-back state titles and a No. 2 ranking in the latest MaxPreps national rankings. He’s scored 1,693 career points and knocked down 241 3-pointers. He has Jimmer-type range from the 3-point line. He needs to average 19.2 points over final 12 regular-season games and four playoff games to become sixth player in state history to reach 2,000 career points.

— Signed with BYU

Parker Van Dyke, East

— 6-foot-3, Senior, guard

— 27.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.9 spg

— Great scorer from anywhere on the floor. He’s scored 1,439 career points for the Leopards. He led East to the 4A quarterfinals last year. He scored a career-high 41 points against American Fork on Dec. 28, 2012.

— Signed with Utah

T.J. Haws, Lone Peak

— 6-foot-4, Junior, forward

— 17.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg

— The younger brother of current BYU player Tyler Haws, T.J. is one of the best pure shooters in the state. He was named to the all-tournament team at the City of Palms Classic in Florida prior to Christmas. He’s the lone underclassman starter on Lone Peak this year.

— Verbally committed to BYU

Eric Mika, Lone Peak

— 6-foot-10, Senior, center

— 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 0.7 apg

— Played at Waterford his sophomore year, but was forced to sit out his junior year after transferring to Lone Peak. Athletic center is a great defender as well. He won the slam dunk contest at the City of Palms Classic in Florida.

— Signed with BYU

Hayden Schenck, Weber

— 6-foot-3, Senior, point guard

— 28.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.1 apg, 3.8 spg

— Leads 5A in scoring with 28.4 ppg. Schenck is an average shooter from the perimeter, but he’s a tremendous penetrator and scores at least 10 points per game from the free-throw line. He tore his ACL on Feb. 28, 2012 at the state tournament last season, but he made a quick recovery and has started every game his senior season.

Dalton Nixon, Orem

— 6-foot-7, Junior, forward

— 16,3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg

— Just a junior, Nixon is Orem’s leading scorer and rebounder. He was instrumental in leading Orem to its first state title in school history last season, and was named the Deseret News 4A Tournament MVP.

— Verbally committed to BYU

Race Parsons, South Sevier

— 6-foot-4, Senior, guard

— 25.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.4 spg

— A two-time Deseret News 2A MVP, Parsons has led South Sevier to back-to-back state titles. Has scored in double figures in every game for three straight years. He’s scored 1,714 career points. He needs to average 22.0 ppg over final nine regular-season games and four playoff games to become the sixth player in state history to reach 2,000 career points.

— Signed with Southern Utah

Zach Hunsaker, Orem

— 6-foot-2, Senior, point guard

— 15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.7 spg

— The reigning 4A Deseret News MVP, Hunsaker is a pure point guard who knows how to lead his team and does it exceptionally well. The son of UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker, Zach recently led Orem to a 3-1 record at the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina.

Sam Merrill, Bountiful

— 6-foot-4, Junior, guard

— 17.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 spg

— Can fill up a stat sheet with the best of them, and has four double-doubles this year. As a sophomore last year he averaged 6.8 points on a senior-heavy Bountiful team, but this year he’s in the top 10 in scoring in 4A.

— Verbally committed to Utah State

Jalen Moore, Sky View

— 6-foot-7, Senior, forward

— 21.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 spg

— The third-leading scorer in 4A, Moore is an athletic forward who is great slashing to the basket. Known for his trademark Afro, his father Jimmy Moore played at Utah State.

— Signed with Utah State