High school boys basketball: 5A loaded with talented players

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  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 5:50 p.m.


    I don't see anywhere where I was referring to out of state teams. Of course out of state teams tend to be better, Utah is one of the smallest states in the nation.

    Funny you mention those New Jersey teams. Coincidentally, Lone Peak played St. Anthony's during the 07-08 season. Score was 54-43 for St. Anthony's. LP gave them their closest game all year. Every other game on their schedule was an absolute blowout, sometimes they won by 60+. The only other team that played them close that year was St. Patrick's. St. Anthony's went on to win the national championship that year.

    I agree with you that Utah is on the lower end of the totem pole for basketball, but some solid teams can come out of Utah. I remember that same year (07-08), Davis, Lone Peak, and Pleasant Grove were all ranked in the the top 100 nationally. It happens, it's just not as common.

  • binghamalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    because they had fun and hamilton, 6'4, 6'7 6'8 6'11
    run that zone against utah teams, no one could compete,
    its easy when you get a lead and your coach plays keep away because the worst rule in high school basketball, no shot clock in utah.

    It would make the games so so so much better!!

  • Ville Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    @sportsfanfor life, you're right about the Cali and east coast teams. Having lived all over the country, for the most part, those areas have some very good teams. Many of those teams, especially in the east often times are what you'd call HS all-star teams. Teams such as Oak Hill, St Anthony, Montverde Academy, Bishop Gorman to name a few. Their players don't live in or close to the boundaries and sometimes even move in to dorms or apartments. Once in a while a HS team from Utah can hang with the big boys. Back in 07-08, LP played in a four team tournament in New Mexico. They beat a team from Atlanta Georgia by 20, then lost to St Anthony by 8 points. That was the only game that year that St Anthony played where they didn't win by double digits and that included St Patrick's on their way to a 32-0 record and the national championship for HS as ranked by USA Today. National HS rankings would be different if it was done by designated area boundaries.

  • Ballfan6 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    UtahUte16, i totally agree. That team with haws, funk, hamilton, sharp, austin, and more. I don't think this years team would even compete with them. But that's just me.

  • sportsfanforlife salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    @utahute16 youve obviously never been outside the state of utah and seen teams from the east coast like st patricks or st anthonys or even the top tier teams from cali.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    Come to Region 1 where everyone plays within their boundaries, it's great!

    I don't see how this year's Lone Peak team is their peak. Their 07-08 team was the most amazing high school basketball team I've ever seen (still not over the Davis v LP 2OT 08 semi-final game).

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    @ProudtobeanAmerican...you are wrong. They do investigate. Quit filling people like "bluesbuff" with non-truths. You just don't know!

  • Proud to be American West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    bluesbuff you have no idea how out of control things are with transfers. The UHSAA does absolutely NOTHING to investigate, so it is pretty easy for people to "fudge" the system.

  • KSDBN Murray, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Mika lives in LP's boundary and still doesn't play for his team...

  • bluesbuff Heber City, UT
    Jan. 3, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    we may not be as big and powerful as the 4A and 5A teams but at least our kids live in our boundry.