Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the all-state teams is based on coaches' votes. This year, 18 of 27 4A coaches submitted votes. Here’s a more in-depth look at all of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach.

James Nelson, Salem Hills

4A MVP

Sr., 6-5, Forward

2017-2018 statistics

25.0 points per game

8.9 rebounds per game

2.7 assists per game

2.2 steals per game

Season high

36 points vs. Mountain View on Feb. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“As a three-year starter, his game has continued to improve each year. He grew into a leader and made big plays on both ends when his team has needed them the most to win. His ability to score driving to the hoop, in the mid-range and at the 3-point line made him very difficult to stop. Salem Hills will greatly miss him next year.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 4A Second Team

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention

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Mason Falslev, Sky View

4A First Team

So., 6-3, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

20.5 points per game

5.0 rebounds per game

3.3 assists per game

1.1 steals per game

Season high

43 points vs. Highland, Idaho on Dec. 19

Opposing coach scouting report

“Mason is unbelievably athletic and has a competitive motor that is shown through his quiet confidence. Even as a sophomore it is clear that he is their team’s leader. To have a chance, you have to keep him in front of you and limit his touches when he gives up the ball. He is a solid defender that recovers well as a backside defender. He has a drive first mentality but can hurt you from the perimeter if you do not get a hand up and contest his shots. He is very quick and is the best player we faced that can take you off of the dribble and hit perimeter shots. He makes everyone on the floor around him better on both ends of the floor. He will crash the O boards hard so you have to box him out. He seems to be the type of player that makes no excuses and just wants to win.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 5A Third Team

Ross Reeves, Orem

4A First Team

Sr., 6-3, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

17.4 points per game

4.0 rebounds per game

2.8 assists per game

2.2 steals per game

Season high

28 points vs. Olympus on Jan. 15

Opposing coach scouting report

“Ross Reeves is tough to defend because he is a great 3 point shooter with incredible range he can shoot it from 28 feet as easily as he can from 20, but the thing that makes it even tougher is he has the ability to penetrate and finish at the hoop he is the most dangerous when he has the ball in his hands he opens up the court for his teammates. He is also a tough defender who can guard you one on one or cause problems in the passing lanes.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 4A Honorable Mention

Jackson Last, Hurricane

4A First Team

Sr., 6-4, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

23.7 points per game

8.1 rebounds per game

3.5 assists per game

2.2 steals per game

Season high

43 points at Snow Canyon on Jan. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jackson Last is one of the best players in the state. He showed this each game by what he was able to do for his team. He carried his team to the state playoffs and led his team in every statistical category. Jackson was a player in our region that could do it all. We had to prepare for him in every aspect of the game. He could score everywhere on the court inside and out. He could rebound extremely well with his physical body on both ends of the floor. He would anticipate on defense and get steals for dunks. He also would draw 2-3 defenders on him occasionally which allowed him to find open guys for easy buckets. It was hard to prepare against one of the best players in the State when we played his team but it was awesome to watch what he was able to accomplish on the basketball court. Jackson has worked hard over the years and it has been fun to watch him progress. He had an outstanding senior season and helped raise the bar for those to come in Region 9.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 3A Honorable Mention

Matt Kitzman, Juan Diego

4A First Team

Sr., 6-2, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

14.6 points per game

3.3 rebounds per game

4.3 assists per game

1.3 steals per game

Season high

26 points at Tooele on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Matt was a tremendous player. When you'd look at him during warmups he didn't really scare you but once the ball was tipped he was a nightmare. Matt could guard the ball the entire 94 feet, he also pushed the ball in transition, made the correct pass and was a deadly 3-point shooter. In my mind, he could have easily scored 25 points a game but he was a true team player that cared more about wins than stats. He was the heart and soul of that great team.”

Brantzen Blackner, Canyon View

4A First Team

Sr., 6-4, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

20.0 points per game

8.2 rebounds per game

3.5 assists per game

3.0 steals per game

Season high

35 points vs. Carbon on Dec. 28

Opposing coach scouting report

“Brantzen has been a terrific player for several years. He has the skill and ability to take over games when necessary and his will to win is exceptional. He can play any offensive position on the floor and most impressive is his ability to defend. I love his attitude because he will lock down on whoever needs to be stopped. His leadership, skill, and effort lead his team to compete at a high level. Any coach would love to have a Brantzen Blackner on their team because he makes everyone around him better and he doesn't care who gets the credit. He is the ultimate team player that can make plays on both ends of the floor. Brantzen is also one of the most intelligent players that I've coached against and I believe this is what separates him from being good to great.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 3A First Team

2016 — 3A Second Team

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Hagen Wright, Payson

4A Second Team

Sr., 6-5, Forward

2017-2018 statistics

18.4 points per game

Season high

28 points at Tooele on Feb. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Hagen Wright’s biggest asset is his ability to finish at the rim. He has exceptional jumping ability which helps him clean up the boards on both ends of the court. He also has a good mid-range game and you can’t leave him on the outside because he can knock down the three. When he is cutting to the hoop with or without the ball he is hard to stop. Hagen is a good shot blocker and does a very good job in team defense playing help side and blocking shots and protecting the rim.”

Tanner Cuff, Dixie

4A Second Team

Jr., 6-6, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

14.8 points per game

5.0 rebounds per game

3.0 assists per game

1.6 steals per game

Season high

27 points vs. Hurricane on Feb. 7

Opposing coach scouting report

“Tanner is a hard guard because of his ability to shoot from deep and use his skill set and height to score on you in the paint. His knowledge of the game shows in his ability to make his teammates better. On a team that went undefeated in a brutal region, Tanner did all the little things to help them pull out the close wins. Tanner is on his way to a great high school career and beyond.”

Puka Nacua, Orem

4A Second Team

Jr., 6-2, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

13.0 points per game

5.0 rebounds per game

4.5 assists per game

1.9 steals per game

Season high

27 points vs. Desert Hills on Mar. 1

Opposing coach scouting report

“Puka is an exceptional athlete that can beat you in a variety of ways. He can finish tough shots at the basket he can knock down jump shots but his biggest strength is being able to break down the defense and get his teammates easy shots. Defensively he uses his quickness, strength and jumping ability to be able to defend anyone on the court .”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 4A Honorable Mention

Jason Ricketts, Juan Diego

4A Second Team

Sr., 6-6, Post

2017-2018 statistics

12.8 points per game

7.4 rebounds per game

Season high

22 points vs. Lehi on Feb. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jason is a great basketball player with a presence all his own. He leads his team in toughness and strength. this year on the court it was almost impossible to keep him off the glass. He is willing to do the work that others aren't willing to do. He has a competitive edge that every coach would want on their team. He is a great post player and has developed an extended range also. He creates matchup problems for any opposing coach. Jason would ignite a fire under his team and lead by example when they needed it.”

Past all-state honors

2017 — 3A Second Team

Jared Bagley, Logan

4A Second Team

Sr., 6-1, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

14.5 points per game

2.3 rebounds per game

3.0 assists per game

1.2 steals per game

Season high

27 points at Ridgeline on Jan. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jared Bagley is such a versatile guy that has the ability to hurt opponents in so many ways. His ability to see the floor, make good decisions, attack off the dribble, pass, and flat out score always made him so difficult to prepare for. Most of all, he plays the game the right way and is ultimately only concerned about his team's success. I'm a big Jared Bagley fan."

Past all-state honors

2017 — 3A First Team

2016 — 3A Third Team

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Bridger Noles, Spanish Fork

4A Third Team

Sr., 6-6, Forward

2017-2018 statistics

19.7 points per game

Season high

37 points at Lehi on Jan. 9

Opposing coach scouting report

“Bridger was one of the most dominant post players in our region this year. He made it difficult not only for his own player to score but anyone coming down the lane. He did a great job of staying down, contesting shots, and boxing out. He finished extremely well around the basket and was a relentless rebounder. Throughout the season, he developed into a solid passer as well, especially out of double teams. He was truly their anchor in the middle this year.”

Tucker Peterson, Desert Hills

4A Third Team

Sr., 6-3, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

13.5 points per game

8.4 rebounds per game

2.3 assists per game

1.0 steals per game

Season high

23 points at Hurricane on Feb. 9

Opposing coach scouting report

“Tucker is a next level athlete who has the ability to get his jumper at any time in the game. He rebounds out of his area for a guard and is a great defender. He was the go-to guy in crunch time when the Thunder needed a big shot. Tucker definitely has the ability to continue his game if he chooses to do so.”

Carter Berish, Green Canyon

4A Third Team

Jr., 6-1, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

18.1 points per game

5.4 rebounds per game

2.2 assists per game

1.4 steals per game

Season high

37 points at Mountain Crest on Feb. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“He's a player that has worked very hard to get where he is at as a basketball player. Carter is usually the last one in the gym working on his game. He led his team in a lot of categories and did whatever needed to help his team win even if it meant playing defense in the post which he did most of the season. He can score the ball with the best players in the state whether from three or driving the ball to the basket. He understands the game and what it takes to win. He is a very valuable player to his team.”

Jake Dahle, Bear River


4A Third Team

Sr., 6-3, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

14.8 points per game

5.23 rebounds per game

1.6 assists per game

1.6 steals per game

Season high

25 points vs. Mountain Crest on Jan. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jake is a really good rebounder and tough player. He has a quick rip drive when he catches the ball up top. He does all the tough things on the floor that makes their team go. He will hit open three’s and look to attack off of the dribble. Has good length and plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder that allows them to play confident. You have to keep him in front of you and keep him off of the boards. He is the type of player that feeds off of hustle plays.”

Anthony McDade, Logan

4A Third Team

Jr., 5-9, Guard

2017-2018 statistics

14.6 points per game

2.0 rebounds per game

3.2 assists per game

1.8 steals per game

Season high

26 points vs. Preston, Idaho on Dec. 8

Opposing coach scouting report

“Anthony McDade is a great athlete with quickness that surprises you. Not that you don't think he is fast, he is just good at change of pace. Anthony does not force too many scoring opportunities for himself so as a defender you often get lulled to sleep thinking you are staying with him and then in a flash he has beaten you off the dribble or backdoored you off the ball. Allowing space to stay in front is not a good option either as he can get hot in a hurry from outside. Anthony can also beat you with his unselfishness if you commit an extra defender to help keep him away from the rim. He is able to get the ball to those with the best opportunity to score.”

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COMPLETE TEAM

4A MVP

James Nelson, Salem Hills, Sr., 6-5, F — 25.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.2 spg

4A First Team

Mason Falslev, Sky View, So., 6-3, G — 20.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg

Ross Reeves, Orem, Sr., 6-3, G — 17.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg

Jackson Last, Hurricane, Sr., 6-4, G — 23.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.2 spg

Matt Kitzman, Juan Diego, Sr., 6-2, G — 14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg

Brantzen Blackner, Canyon View, Sr., 6-4, G — 20.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.0 spg

4A Second Team

Hagen Wright, Payson, Sr., 6-5, F — 18.4 ppg

Tanner Cuff, Dixie, Jr., 6-6, G — 14.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg

Puka Nacua, Orem, Jr., 6-2, G — 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.9 spg

Jason Ricketts, Juan Diego, Sr., 6-6, P — 12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Jared Bagley, Logan, Sr., 6-1, G — 14.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg

4A Third Team

Bridger Noles, Spanish Fork, Sr., 6-6, F — 19.7 ppg

Tucker Peterson, Desert Hills, Sr., 6-3, G — 13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg

Carter Berish, Green Canyon, Jr., 6-1, G — 18.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg

Jake Dahle, Bear River, Sr., 6-3, G — 14.8 ppg, 5.23 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg

Anthony McDade, Logan, Jr., 5-9, G — 14.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg

4A Honorable Mention

Kyler Hymas, Tooele, Sr., 6-0, G

Dallin Holker, Lehi, Sr., 6-5, G

Cole Griffin, Salem Hills, Sr., 6-7, G

Landon Brenchley, Ridgeline, Jr., 6-3, G

Josh Jenkins, Stansbury, Sr., 6-4, P

Carson Bottema, Dixie, Sr., 6-4, G

Brandon Congdon, Spanish Fork, Jr., 6-3, G

David Jones, Salem Hills, Jr., 6-2, G

Andrew Dean, Sky View, Sr., 6-4, C

Mark Huber, Bear River, So., 5-9, G