Rylan Jones is the Deseret News' 32nd Mr. Basketball. He joins a long list of the state’s best basketball players, dating back to 1987 when Ben Lomond’s Kurt Miller won the inaugural award.

Of the 32 winners, all have gone on to play college basketball with Emery’s Shawn Bradley, Britton Johnsen and Frank Jackson eventually reaching the NBA.

Twenty-two different high schools have had an athlete win the award, with only Lone Peak, Murray, Davis, Provo and Judge having multiple winners.

Murray’s Jeff Johnsen and Lone Peak’s Tyler Haws are the only two-time winners of the Mr. Basketball award.

Click through the list for photos and stories about previous winners

32 1987 - Kurt Miller

1987: Kurt Miller, Ben Lomond (New Mexico)

Pictured at right.

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31 1988 - Matt Bowman

1988: Matt Bowman, Timpview (Utah Valley Community College)

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30 1989 - Shawn Bradley

1989: Shawn Bradley, Emery (BYU)

From the story:

Bradley is just a part of the too-tall Emery County team, with the Spartans having finished their season in undefeated fashion by winning the 2A state championship in an overtime thriller against Richfield. And while the 7-4 junior easily cuts the most towering figure, the rest of the other high-rise Spartan players measure 6-7, 6-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 - not bad for a school with an enrollment of less than 550 students.

But it's Bradley who is the center of attention - the drawing card who is putting Castle Dale on the national map as well as the focus of all sorts of revamped schemes from opposing teams. "Basically, we really did see everything," said Emery County Coach Todd Jeffs. "That's a compliment to him for teams to completely redo their offenses or defenses against Shawn just for them to have a chance to win."

29 1990 - Ken Roberts

1990: Ken Roberts, Bingham (BYU)

(Pictured at left in white)

From the story:

The labels given to Bingham's Kenneth Roberts are many and varied, ranging from Fred Roberts' little brother to the best power forward ever in the state, and from a quiet leader to the prep player who is certain to get the job done.

Add a couple more titles, if you please - those of two-time Deseret News 4A MVP and 1990 Mr. Basketball. Roberts led Bingham to a second straight 4A state championship, with the Miners suffering only one defeat in the two title seasons. Roberts capped off his stellar prep career with senior-season game averages of 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 3 assists. Plus there were some impressive shooting percentages - 78 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line - and a career best 46-point outing in a regular-season game against eventual 4A runner-up Taylorsville.

28 1991 - Justin Weidauer

1991: Justin Weidauer, Cottonwood (BYU)

(Pictured at left with the ball)

From the story:

Justin Weidauer started his celebrated prep basketball career at Cottonwood High in a less-than-auspicious fashion - getting felled by a blow to the face. From there, though, he scored in double figures in all but one of his 72 games, shot 60 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the line, and averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in each season as a three-year starter for the Colts.

27 1992 - JaRon Boone

1992: JaRon Boone, Skyline (Nebraska)

From the story:

JaRon Boone is not an ordinary high school basketball player, but then again he doesn't come from an ordinary basketball background.

Not many high school boys routinely play pickup games with current NBA players. Boone did last summer and he held his own.The fact that he's not intimidated by professional superstars stands to reason, however. After all, he was raised by one. JaRon is the son of former Utah Star and Jazzman Ron Boone, whose who's 1,041 consecutive professional games played is still a record.

But make no mistake about it, JaRon has made a name for himself in the basketball world. For his recently completed senior season at Skyline High, Boone has been named the Deseret News' 1991-92 Mr. Basketball as the outstanding high school player in the state.

26 1993 - Ben Melmeth

1993: Ben Melmeth, Judge (Utah)

From the story:

While some critics may complain, Ben Melmeth can't help it that he's not a born-and-bred American basketball player.

He grew up to his present 6-foot-10 stature in Australia before deciding two years ago that America was the place to be to further his basketball skills. He headed to California originally but ended up in Utah instead. And after less than two years in the state, the Judge Memorial senior has emerged with the top award a Utah high school player can receive - Mr. Basketball.Four Most Valuable Players, Viewmont's Don Faux, Lehi's Cole Cooper, Beaver's Nate Robinson and Valley's Wes Troy have been named along with Melmeth to head the annual Deseret News All-State teams, selected with the help of the state's coaches.

25 1994 - Alex Jensen

1994: Alex Jensen, Viewmont (Utah)

From the story:

Jensen was an easy choice for the state's top prep basketball honor. A three-year starter, Jensen helped his team to third-place finishes in 1992 and 1994 and a state title in 1993. During those three years, Viewmont's record was a sterling 68-4.

"Alex is well-deserving," said Viewmont coach Brad Christensen. "He makes others around him better."

Although Jensen stands 6-foot-10, he isn't one of those glued-to-the-floor type centers. In fact, despite being taller than everyone else in Class 5A, Jensen played forward for the Vikings, often guarding opponents seven or eight inches smaller. Christensen can't say enough about Jensen, who will take his talents to the University of Utah next year.

24 1995 - Jeff Johnsen

1995: Jeff Johnsen, Murray (Utah)

From the story:

Jeff Johnsen is a renaissance man of sorts - having lifted Murray High basketball back into the spotlight after years of dormancy. Not only did the 6-foot-4 junior recently lead the Spartans into the state championship game for just the third time in school history (the first since 1955), Johnsen also managed to average 23 points and 10 rebounds along the way - a journey that included an 18-game winning streak and a Region 6 championship for the Spartans.

"He's the kind of player that does a good job of elevating his teammates' level of play," said Murray coach Gordon Kener. "Jeff does whatever it takes to win."Johnsen, who has played varsity ball since he was a freshman, is eager to equal the accomplishments of his grandfather, Joe Johnsen, who helped Murray win its lone basketball title in 1931.

23 1996 - Jeff Johnsen

1996: Jeff Johnsen, Murray (Utah)

From the story:

His jersey featured the number of his idol Larry Bird (33), but in essence Jeff Johnsen had a big red "X" on his back. As the state's reigning Mr. Basketball, the Murray senior was a marked man, a target, one to watch.

"No question," said Murray coach Gordon Kener. "I knew this year would be quite a different challenge for him."Despite the increased attention, multiplied by the Spartans' top ranking, the University of Utah recruit averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in leading Murray to a 22-2 record and the 4A state championship.

"I don't know of any player that is more team-oriented and has done more to bring success to a program than Jeff Johnsen," said Kener. "We at Murray think he's the greatest."

22 1997 - Britton Johnsen

1997: Britton Johnsen, Murray (Utah)

From the story:

While older brother Jeff was making history as Utah's first two-time Mr. Basketball honoree, Murray's Britton Johnsen was growing into quite a player himself.

"I'm no longer just Jeff's little brother," joked Britton, who averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior.The 6-foot-10 center, who will follow his older sibling to the University of Utah, is this year's Deseret News Mr. Basketball.

"Now he definitely has his own name," said Jeff, who was in Arizona helping the Utes reach the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "He's proven how good he is. I think he definitely deserves it."

21 1998 - Tony Brown
Deseret News Archives

1998: Tony Brown, Mtn. Crest (Utah State)

From the story:

No, it isn't true that Tony Brown tried to change his last name to Johnsen so he could be considered for Utah's Mr. Basketball award this year.

Because of his game, the Mountain Crest star needn't change his name to deserve being recognized as the best boys basketball player in the state for the 1997-98 season.Breaking a Johnsen family tradition, Brown is being honored as this year's Deseret News Mr. Basketball.

"It is an honor and I like to say it's well-deserved," said Mountain Crest coach John Nielsen. "I don't think there's another player that can match him this year."

Not even a Johnsen.

20 1999 - Tim Henry
Gary McKellar, Deseret News

1999: Tim Henry, Mtn. View (SLCC)

From the story:

Henry is the first player from Class 5A to join the exclusive Mr. Basketball club since Viewmont's Alex Jensen in 1994. He's also the first Utah County hoopster to earn the award since Timpview's Matt Bowman did it in 1988.

Henry exuded confidence as the go-to guy on a team of go-to guys. He averaged 20.8 points and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the foul line.

Fans usually got their money's worth watching him, too. The explosive 6-4 small forward wowed crowds with pizzazz and his exciting flashy style as a slasher and as an outside shooter.

19 2000 - Garner Meads
Kristan Jacobsen, Deseret News

2000: Garner Meads, Brighton (BYU)

From the story:

When asked about Garner Meads' superb play so far this season, Brighton boys basketball coach Jim Jimas chuckled and replied by saying: "I'm sure glad he's on my team."

College coaches Steve Cleveland (BYU), Rick Majerus (Utah) and Mike Montgomery (Stanford) desperately hope they can say the same thing come next year — or at least when Meads returns from his planned LDS mission in a few years.

With all the advanced hype — on local and national levels — and based on his stellar performance as a senior, it's hardly a surprise Meads is the frontrunner to be named Mr. Basketball by the Deseret News this spring.

18 2001 - Jared Jensen
Johanna Workman, Deseret News

2001: Jared Jensen, Fremont (BYU)

From the story:

Fremont center Jared Jensen knows what it's like to get attention — and he knows how to handle it, too.

At 6-foot-9 senior drew plenty of attention — not only for his height but his ability to score.

Seeing double- and triple-team defenses wasn't all that uncommon.

His opponents knew sooner or later he was going to get the ball, and the task at hand was trying to stop him.

And not too many people did. For that reason, Jensen and his 25.8 points and 13 rebounds per game earned the 2001 Deseret News Mr. Basketball Award.

"Jared is going to get his points, and there's not a whole lot you can do to stop him," Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell said. "He's definitely one of the best players I've seen in a long time. He's going to make a great college player."

17 2002 - Brody Van Brocklin
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

2002: Brody Van Brocklin, Davis (SLCC)

From the story:

Davis High basketball coach Jay Welk said a game never passed without Dart guard Brody VanBrocklin doing something special.

One game he would score 28 points with five three-pointers. Another night it would be 24 points and four three-pointers. Early in the year, he hit 18-for-18 from the foul line to keep his team in the game before losing in three overtimes.

In the Class 5A state championship game two weeks ago against West Jordan, he scored only 10 points but dished out five assists and had seven rebounds and three steals. The Darts won 53-39.

"He's very well-rounded. He's one of the best players I've had the opportunity to coach," Welk said. "He's a mature player and he recognizes what it takes to be good. He works very hard to become as good as he can be."

For this, VanBrocklin, who led the Darts to their first state basketball championship since 1976, was named the 2002 Deseret News Mr. Basketball Award winner.

16 2003 - Josh Olsen
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

2003: Josh Olsen, Alta (Utah)

From the story:

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."

15 2004 - Tai Wesley
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

2004: Tai Wesley, Provo (Utah State)

From the story:

He almost single-handedly led the Bulldogs from mid-season mediocrity to a Class 4A state title. Despite the nightly double-teams, Wesley shot 65 percent from the floor, averaged almost 17 points per game, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. In four games at the state tournament, he averaged 19.25 points, earning him the tournament MVP.

Wesley's numbers, his standout senior season and the manner in which he carried the Bulldogs to their 15th state crown has garnered him another honor — Deseret Morning News 2003-04 Mr. Basketball.

14 2005 - Jackson Emery
August Miller, Deseret News

2005: Jackson Emery, Lone Peak (BYU)

From the story:

Here's a scary thought — Jackson Emery might have been BYU's best player this year. Unfortunately for the Cougars, he was cranking out his highlight-reel dunks and 3-point bombs for Lone Peak High School.

During a year in which several players could've legitimately claimed the title of Utah's best, Emery separated himself in the eyes of the Deseret Morning News, and is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Mr. Basketball award.

"Jackson had his sights set on winning a state championship," Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis said. "For him, it wasn't getting a scholarship or being Mr. Basketball. For him, it was getting a state championship, and nothing else really mattered."

Ironically, the primary goal brought about the other two.

On the basketball court, there was nothing Emery couldn't do.

13 2006 - Daniel Deane
August Miller, Deseret News

2006: Daniel Deane, Judge (Utah, Oregon State)

From the story:

Simply watching Daniel Deane play basketball this year was exhausting enough. Now imagine what it must have felt like to be Deane, who treated every offensive and defensive possession from Day 1 like the state championship was on the line.
In Deane's mind, diving around for loose balls wasn't just dirty work for guards and bench players, and no rebound was impossible to get. Nope, the 6-foot-8 Judge Memorial center turned intensity into an art form this year.

12 2007 - Morgan Grim
Tom Smart, Deseret News

2007: Morgan Grim, Riverton (Utah, Utah State)

From the story:

That lanky sixth-grader is now a Mr. Basketball recipient.
Riverton coach Steve Galley had his doubts about Morgan Grim's potential when he first caught a glimpse of the skinny sixth-grader about six years ago. It was obvious Grim was going to be tall, but height doesn't always equate to success in basketball.
Grim's youthful exterior may have raised some question marks, but it was what Galley couldn't see that ultimately helped Grim become one of the most dominant basketball players in Utah.

11 2008 - Tyler Haws
Tom Smart, Deseret News

2008: Tyler Haws, Lone Peak (BYU)

From the story:

It's not often a teenager from Utah has coaches from the ACC and Pac-10 flying in to watch high school basketball games in Utah County.
Then again, Tyler Haws isn't your ordinary player.

10 2009 - Tyler Haws
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

2009: Tyler Haws, Lone Peak (BYU)

From the story:

When Lone Peak basketball coach Quincy Lewis first saw Tyler Haws play basketball, when Haws was an eighth-grader, he knew something special was coming his way.
Haws, as a 14-year-old, already had a good feel for the game, was a hard worker and had good size.
"I figured he would probably be a kid that would eventually become a first-team all-state player for a couple of years," Lewis said.

9 2010 - Kyle Collinsworth
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

2010: Kyle Collinsworth, Provo (BYU)

From the story:

Both team-wise and individually, Kyle Collinsworth didn't have a lot to prove heading into his final season of playing basketball for the Provo High Bulldogs.
He'd already been part of two state titles and helped the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish last year. Also, he'd participated in the NBA Top 100 camp, was named to the prestigious Best of the West team, and was highly recruited by several of the country's top collegiate basketball programs before eventually committing to play for BYU next season — where he'll join his brother Chris and former teammate Brandon Davies.
Really, there were only two things left to accomplish this season — win a third state title and end his career being recognized as the top high school basketball player in Utah.

8 2011 - Tyrell Corbin
Ravell Call, Deseret News

2011: Tyrell Corbin, West (UC Davis, SLCC, CSU Bakersfield)

From the story:

As long as Tyrell Corbin has been the starting point guard at West High School — and it's been a while going back to 2007 — he's always been known as Ty Corbin's son.
Whether they saw him play or simply saw him in street clothes at Jazz games supporting his dad, the younger Corbin always heard people say, "that's Ty Corbin's kid."
Little by little over the last four years though, Tyrell Corbin made a name for himself.

7 2012 - Jordan Loveridge

2012: Jordan Loveridge, West Jordan (Utah)

From the story:

Like most college basketball fans, West Jordan's Jordan Loveridge watched Sunday's NCAA Tournament selection show to see whose dance card got filled and whose bubble burst.
Shockingly, the 6-25 Utah Utes weren't invited.
Standing outside the Huntsman Center on the morning of Selection Sunday posing for photos to celebrate being named the Deseret News' 26th Mr. Basketball recipient, the future Ute reflected on what he hopes are better days ahead.

6 2013 - Nick Emery

2013: Nick Emery, Lone Peak (BYU)

From the story:

Statistically speaking,Nick Emery’s senior season wasn’t his best.
Not only was his scoring and rebounding down, he was limited to single-digit scoring five times after failing to reach double digits just twice during his freshman, sophomore and junior years combined.
So was it a down year for Emery?
Absolutely not. In fact, coach Quincy Lewis said this was his best year yet, “no question.”

5 2014 - TJ Haws

2014: TJ Haws, Lone Peak (BYU)

From the story:

Lone Peak’s TJ Haws donned the No. 11 jersey throughout his career, but the number that best defines that career? That would be the number four.
Four times a starter for the Lone Peak varsity team. Four times named an all-state performer. And most importantly, four straight 5A state championships.
Phenomenal accomplishments that are truly unprecedented in the annals of Utah prep basketball.

4 2015 - Jesse Wade

2015: Jesse Wade, Davis (Gonzaga)

From the story:

When he was just a boy, only 5 or 6 years old, Jesse Wade walked into the Davis High School gymnasium one day and noticed a banner hanging high up on the gym's south wall.
That banner honored the Darts' Brody Van Brocklin for being named "Mr. Basketball," the award given annually by the Deseret News to the premier prep player in the state.

3 2016 - Frank Jackson

2016: Frank Jackson, Lone Peak (Duke)

From the story:

Lone Peak's Frank Jackson has shared the court with the nation's best throughout his four-year prep career, invariably proving he belongs every time. Whether on a national stage playing against the nation's top recruits as a senior or as a young 14-year old freshman going against what most consider the best prep basketball team the state of Utah has ever produced, Jackson has risen to the occasion.
Jackson is now a highly-accomplished, 6-foot-4 stud who shows no fear in taking on anyone given his extraordinary athletic abilities. But as a 14-year-old, then playing for Lehi, Jackson admits to being scared out of his mind to match up against Lone Peak.

2 2017 - Jaxon Brenchley

2017: Jaxon Brenchley, Ridgeline (Utah)

From the story:

He’s the ultimate “five-tool” talent, capable of contributing in any way necessary to win games. And winning was the only thing that mattered his senior season.

With a scholarship offer from the University of Utah already in his back pocket, Brenchley’s primary focus this past season was putting the first state championship banner in the rafters at first-year school Ridgeline.

That’s precisely what he did, and Brenchley did it his way — playing the ultimate brand of team basketball and in the process has been named the 31st Deseret News Mr. Basketball recipient.

1 2018 - Rylan Jones

2018: Rylan Jones, Olympus (Utah)

From the story:

He was the engine behind the Olympus machine that set new state records for points in a season (2,275) and 3-pointers in a season (283). Jones also broke the state record for assists with 266.

The son of a coach, Jones has always been one of the best players in his age group. However, last year’s disappointing ending helped him raise the bar even higher, and the foundation was laid throughout last summer.

“Me and my dad every day when we’d work out, we’d start with finishing in the lane 'cause last year I missed a lot of shots that I should’ve made,” said Jones.