Mr. Basketball: Haws best of the best — again

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  • Jerry haywood
    June 3, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    tyler yo are just amazing. i hope you have a great time over at byu!

  • Knight Fan
    March 28, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Congrats Tyler! You have been alot of fun to watch over the years at Lone Peak. Wish we could have won it for a third time because you certainly deserved it your senior season! Your parents are class acts just like you....humble, nice, and caring individuals. I loved the cleaning the bus story....shows just what you're about. It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

    And to West Jordan fans, nice job in the state tourney, but this article isn't about you.

  • Congrats
    March 27, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Way to be Tyler!!! Can't imagine how much time you have put in to get this far in your game. But ladies and gentleman, Mr. Haws got shut down by Jordan Weirek in the State Championship game againts West Jordan... just throwin that out there. GOOD LUCK AT BYU KID!!

  • frank day
    March 27, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    this whole family is all state. His grandfather
    was our bishop. Marty was part of a great BYU team.
    Go Tyler, mission and Cougars.

  • Re West Jordan
    March 26, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    West Jordan State Champs. Congratulations!! Seriously good job you were great this year. Now a couple of questions for you.

    Where were you in 2007 and again in 2008? I definitely did not see you in the semi-finals or finals either year while Lone Peak won it both of those years. If you're a great team then you'll be there every year and not a one year flash in the pan like the Utes and their great 13-0 football season. Prove to us that you can be there every year like Lone Peak has and then you'll have a little more credibility.

  • congrats
    March 26, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    I was jogging by Lone Peak one day last summer at 6 am and saw a door open. I walked into the gym and there was Tyler, dripping with sweat, shooting jumper after jumper, taking passes from his Dad. Don't know what time he got there but it showed me a little of what the kid's about. Congrats my man. You deserve this award and many in life to come because of the type of person you are.

  • Cranky Coug
    March 26, 2009 10:42 a.m.

    Re: NBA? 8:45

    Ever heard of Danny Ainge??? I really only think of a couple of UTEEs that actually had a decient career at the next level, Tom Chambers, Andre Miller, Keith VanHorn but even they didn't contribute to a championship....Funny, if someone could tell me, has a UTE ever contributed to a Championship at the next level??? Cougars: Steve Young, Jim MacMahon, Danny Ainge, Mike Wier(Masters).

  • Keep it up
    March 26, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Don't worry BYU fans, he'll go on a mission but probably wont miss a single season.

    Just messin. Congrats. I'm looking forward to what he can do in college.

  • NBA?
    March 26, 2009 8:45 a.m.

    Maybe Tyler can be the first BYU athlete to have a meaningful career in the NBA. Ouch for Shawn Bradley, Hafa, Travis Hansen (tattoos and all) and that guy who was drafted last year and is now playing in Turkey or somewhere. Good decision.

  • AHWATUKEE AZ
    March 25, 2009 11:53 p.m.

    So Tyler do you think your UTE uncle will cheer for you. or will he boo you like he did your dad?

  • Roller Mills
    March 25, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    Guess I better renew my BYU Basketball season tickts. This kid is going to be very good at the next level.

  • Remember When
    March 25, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    I've seen a lot of really great players come out of Utah as well some surrounding states. It's way too hard to put a label on just one player and call him the best ever. The game has changed so much over the years. But here's a few I wouldn't kick out of the gym if I'm the coach. Dick Nemelka - Danny Vranes - Devin Durrant - Fred Roberts - Jeff Judkins - John Benson - Brian Taylor - Josh Grant - Alex Jensen. These are proven players that could take over a game. Taylor was not a prolific scorer, but he had by far the best ball handling skills of them all. These are my picks and I'm sticking to it. Oh and by the way...Nemelka is the cream of this crop.

  • Braden Wellman
    March 25, 2009 9:17 p.m.

    I have been watching Tyler Haws play for several years at Lone Peak. He does everything!!!!He makes other people around him better and works very hard. He is going to have a great career at BYU. BYU is very lucky to have a hard working talented player like him.

  • Ute Fan
    March 25, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    Man, I hate my team. Here we have another great player going to BYU. I think the Utes are so lame. I guess its time for me to start rooting for BYU. Plus, the girls are way cuter there...

  • No, he didn't play in 8th grade
    March 25, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    No, Haws did not play in the 8th grade on varsity. You will note that Lone Peak has never played Kearns in boys basketball in the regular season. It as a spring tournament just as he finished the 8th grade on a Lone Peak AAU school team. (for the record, My son played with him, and we all saw him play with the jv and varsity with our jaws on the floor that day. He was that good, and unselfish. Really heady in how he shared the ball and made decisions, especially at that age.) that fall he started as a freshman and was the best or second best to the Chase kid on the team (depending on who you talk to) who was a senior, and he was a Frosh!

  • Go Haws
    March 25, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    At least he'll have a lot of time for studying - especially in March

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    Mr. Basketball doesn't mean he is the greatest player out there (even though this year Haws is the greatest player out there). That's what the MVP is left for. Look at past Mr. Basketball's, it doesn't always go to the player whose team won it. More often than not, it goes to the opposite team. So quit complaining, Haws is hands down the best player Utah has ever seen, he deserves this more than any WJ player(even though they the 3 are great, they don't compare). Congrats Haws and lead the Cougars to a NCAA victory baby!

  • to Why??
    March 25, 2009 5:03 p.m.

    With his qualifications both on and off the court, why would he not choose BYU? Certainly you don't mean that TUN!

  • Rob Wellman
    March 25, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    Tyler's humble, hardworking attitude makes you love this guy. Tyler is the real deal and a great human being from a wonderful family. Tyler will make every player better at BYU and leave a legacy of greatness. Way to Go Tyler!!!

    Rob Wellman

  • History Lesson?
    March 25, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    Haws is great but let's not forget about some of these players: Danny Vranes (Skyline) who went on to the U. and helped the Utes to the Sweet 16 before they bowed out to NC, Devin Durrant who prepped at Provo, think scored something like 50 points in the state championship game, had great career at BYU. Both Vranes and Durrant played in the pros. And there was Bingham's Fred Roberts who led the Miners to a state champ, played for BYU on the Elite 8 team and had a lengthy career in the NBA. I think we need a bit of historical perspective. Also, funny that LP was beat by Provo the last two years and Collinsworth was the man especially in the game this year. Both led their teams but Collinsworth was a bit more clutch in the OT.

  • Funny
    March 25, 2009 2:59 p.m.

    Lots of envious uoobie troll today. Great choice Tyler; great athlete, great school,

  • west jordan, we feel your pain
    March 25, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    as good as the media has been to lone peak over the years (medias always do like to follow teams that win, cause it sells) dont feel slighted by not having Mr Basketball. in 2005 Lone Peak beat Bountiful with Aird, Payson with Newbold and Olympus with Green, and then Box Elder to win it all in 2005. yes, jackson emery was mr basketball that year, but the state championship team did not even have one first team player and they had 3 other players worthy of it, that bailed out jackson a few times when he had his "im Human" games both in reg season and playoffs,...cause coaches and media had to put players that went out in the first and second round on first team for some reason. (glamor names) Tyler deserves what he gets obviously due to the big picture of his success, but i bet you guys have the mvp, and one or more first teamers. sometimes its politics, and the glamor names that the coaches and writer pub have to be justified.

  • greatness
    March 25, 2009 2:51 p.m.

    Every once in a while a kid comes along that is a little different.. Tyler Haws understands where the game of basketball fits in the whole scheme of life and knows that it is more important to be a good person(crazy huh!) We are lucky to have him part of our community just for his example and goodness. Way to go Ty

  • proud to know him
    March 25, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    tyler played with my son, and my son asked for weekly reports on tyler and the team from his mission. Said "Dad, Tyler deserves anything and everything he gets, he is the most unassuming, humble, unselfish down to earth kid i ever played with. reminds me a lot of jackson, only ahead of him skill wise at the same age". Class from the word go. could have really inflated his numbers but did not push to score unless he had to. oh, and west jordan, he went to the dance 3 times, won two. you have a great coach, one of the best in the state, and great players, but as the only returning starter on his team this year, its amazing its Lone Peak you played. without tyler, you would have been playing someone else. Coach Lewis at lone peak knows how to develop players as a former college coach, and lone peak will still be around for years to come cause he does it from withing the boundaries, and the kids know his systems for years. wouldnt mind seeing west jordan and lp play every year. my two favorite programs in the state due to their coaches.

  • somewhere else
    March 25, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    not byu haws! u could of gone anywhere

  • WHAT?
    March 25, 2009 2:05 p.m.

    Anonymous | 1:13 p.m. March 25, 2009

    Stew the best coach in Utah???? You are kidding right? He is a great coach and a heck of a contributor to the local economy in Logan, but best coach, not so much. He is 4th behind Boylan, Rose and Reid as SUU.

    22 years as a coach. 1 Post season win. (NIT and NCAA combined) 1-13. He racks up wins over weaker team. His first 12 years as a head coach he had 20 wins 3 times. At CSU he didn't win a conference title in his 7 years there. The first 4 he finished below .500 in the conference.

    I know BYU fans jump on Aggie articles and post comments, but if you look at most threads there is a SERIOUS inferiority complex for Aggie fans. Now you come on here and comment on an article on a great kid. Go back to the Aggie articles and comment on how Riley is a trader and will fall apart at the Y.

  • Like Father and Son
    March 25, 2009 1:24 p.m.

    Nice to see that we will see another Haws boys around again. Marty was fun to watch and Tyler will too. Don't try to think too far ahead of yourself about NCAA Birth yet. One game at a time. I remember when Danny Ainge came to his MVP day to retired his Jersey at the MC and the announcer whoever was said that Austin will take us to the next level. Boy, Austin sure look nervous or embarrased about that. So, go easy on Ty! Welcome home Ty and enjoy your career! GO COUGARS!

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    Why play for Stew? Because he's the best coach in the state. He keeps a program at or above the level of BYU and Utah's with less talent. I can understand not wanting to live in Logan. Winter last 2 extra months and there isn't much to do, but what is there to do in Provo?

  • Blind Squirrel
    March 25, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Hey BYWHO, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

  • Y Fan
    March 25, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    Yes!!!!!! I can't wait to cheer Haws and the rest of the Cougars on next year!

  • Steve
    March 25, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    How about Jeff Judkins(BYU Women's Coach, not his younger brother Jon (Dixie State's Men Head Coach)

  • Viewmont fan
    March 25, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    When LP beat Viewmont a little old man wanted to meet Tyler. Tyler was the nicest kid and showed great respect as theis gentleman gushed. Seems like this kid has it together. And he chose the right school. Why go play for Stew and the Aggies? So you can also lose in the first round after popping off about the Big East?

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Who is John Judkins?????

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2009 8:36 a.m.

    Tyler Haws is a legend!

  • KARRL
    March 25, 2009 8:14 a.m.

    Best player ever from Utah? I swear John Judkins played with larry bird for the Boston Celtics? He is hands down the best player ever out of Utah!

  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    BYU still needs to recruite quicker and more athletic players or they will continue to get smoked in the NCAA. If this kid is half as good as everyone thinks he is then I want to see him lead BYU to a tourney victory.

  • Dr. C
    March 25, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    Marty Haws is one of my all-time favorite Cougars. What a pleasure to see his son come to BYU.

    Coming to BYU after a loss in the state finals should keep Tyler hungry this summer!

  • Plutherius
    March 24, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    The reason this kid is such a phenom is because of his upbringing. His father, Marty Haws, was a sand-in-the-gut, death before dishonor type of point guard... and a class act to boot. Young Haws displays these same noble traits and it will be a treat watching him dismantle MWC patsies in years to come. Watch out yewties!

  • re: TheBest "baller" Utah has e
    March 24, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    "BYU just sighned the most talented, most recruited class the state of Utah has ever had. BYU will be really good then next 4 years!" Probably not...the best recruits out of Utah, would be bench warmers at the other schools that recruited them. Only time will tell, but I don't think the Utah players are going to make the Y any better.
    Good luck

  • Re:The best "baller" Utah has ev
    March 24, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    Haws was recruited by Stanford of the pac 10 and Marquette. Brandon Davies was had offers from Arizona, Cal, and Gonzaga! Hmmm... you should follow recruiting more.
    BYU just signed the most talented, most recruited class the state of Utah has ever had. BYU will be really good then next 4 years!

  • LP Grad, BYU alum
    March 24, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    Wow...three Mr. Basketballs from Lone Peak, and all three of them played/are playing/will play for the cougs. And Lone Peak's been open for only eleven years. LP has four state titles in eleven years of existence, and has produced Coug greats Jackson Emery, Sam Burgess, and now Tyler Haws. They should rename LP "Brigham Young Prep."

    Congrats to Tyler, and I agree with the previous poster...with a senior Miles, Jackson, Fredette, and Abouo (assuming JT doesn't come back...if he does, all the better if he improves his shot selection), next year should be special. Can you say "4-peat"?

  • Haws
    March 24, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    Play all 40 minutes at BYU, show them how it's done.
    Oh, and do the mission thing well too.

  • The best "baller" Utah has ever
    March 24, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    The best "baller" Utah has ever had can only get to BYU? That explains why Utah and BYU both got bounced in the first round of the NCAAs... good, but not great.

    When will Utah have a basketball player that gets recruited AND stars in the Big East or ACC. Where are our Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC recruits?

  • Go COUGS!
    March 24, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Quality article. Haws sounds like a great player and person. This is a great pick up for BYU. I just hope he can get the team to play harder than the lax effort they ususally give on defense and in the tourney~!

  • USU Grad
    March 24, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    Congrats Tyler. You've had a great prep basketball career. Best of luck in your collegiate career and as a missionary!

  • Great era
    March 24, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    The past few years has been the mother load for basketball talent in Utah. When you look at Haws, CJ Wilcox, Brandon Davies and Kyle Collinsworth, all would be Mr. Basketball on most years. But there are so many very good players that it's hard to argue against anyone. Haws was the right choice, and in my opinion, is the best player I've ever seen play high school basketball in Utah. Next season, it's Collinsworth's award to lose, but I doubt he will. He'll have another great year and then people will be saying "who is the best player ever in Utah, Haws or Collinsworth?" We're lucky we've been able to watch these guys play.

  • diff
    March 24, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    the one difference in Haws and a Ute fan is that a Ute fan would have raised havec with the bus.

  • Jerry Duckworth, Provo, UT
    March 24, 2009 5:31 p.m.

    The most impressive thing that struck me about Tyler other than his great athletic abiltiy in your article, was that he stayed and cleaned up the bus after others left---was a great peek into his character.

    That simple act speaks volumes to me about character and selflessness and no gets there without good parents, and a good heart.

    He'll make a great Elder. And an All American at the Y.

  • Ute
    March 24, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    We would have loved to get him. Now we'll be finding a way to beat him.

    Good luck Tyler.

  • Zeke
    March 24, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    MR Basketball? I thought West Jordon won the State Championship.

  • Dave
    March 24, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    Nice story and accurate as to the character of the Haws family. Their 7th grader TJ is an awesome player as well and will be a force in a couple of years on the high school scene.

  • It has been fun
    March 24, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    As a father of a LP B-Ball player, I want to say Thanks for being a great young man on and off the court. The young men from the last 3 years have grown up together.

    Good luck Ty and all.

  • Collinsworth
    March 24, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    Who will be better? Collinsworth or Haws?

  • why?
    March 24, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    Why would he go to ybu?? Just because his Dad played there? He will lead the zoobies to a NCAA tournament win just like he lead LP to the state championship this year............oh wait a minute! : )

  • Great Choice...Again
    March 24, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    The State of Utah should be extremely proud at this selection for the second straight year...Tyler is as good a kid as he is a basketball player.

    A tribute to his parents, friends, school, and community.

    Way to go Tyler!

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    Is he good enough to lead BYU to a NCAA first round victory? We will see...

  • vaase
    March 24, 2009 4:01 p.m.


    As the saying goes, "like father like son" WOW!

    Sure a great model of "FOR THE STRENGTH OF YOUTH"

  • West Jordan!!
    March 24, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    West Jordan 2009 State champs!!!!

  • Dallas Aggie
    March 24, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    Great story on a great kid. To bad he is going to the wrong university...is it too late to change your mind? USU is always open to quality team players.

    Good luck to you either way!

  • Congrats!
    March 24, 2009 3:32 p.m.

    Congratulations to Tyler. This is quite an accomplishment. Cougar fans are looking forward to having you on the team in the future.

    Meanwhile, enjoy your award.

  • Watch out for TJ!
    March 24, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Tyler is a genius on the court, but his younger brother, TJ, is no slouch, himself. He's currently tearing up the seventh-grade ranks. He recently scored 47 or so points IN ONE GAME in my son's league. (My son scored...ummm...slightly fewer. Ahem.) Throw Marty into the mix, and we're looking at a Haws dynasty! Let me be the first to say: "Come to BYU, TJ! Keep it rollin'!"

  • Anon
    March 24, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Congratulations Tyler Haws, Coach Lewis and Lone Peak!

  • Congrats Tyler
    March 24, 2009 3:11 p.m.

    On behalf of BYU faithful everywhere-we are delighted that you followed in your dad's footsteps and chose the Y over bigger schools back east.

    We are already imagining you in the lineup next season with Fredette/Jackson/Abouyo/Miles/Hartsock et al. You are inheriting a gigantic 17-year old "monkey" of NCAA one and dones-but we are confident that if anyone can take BYU to the next level of success-it will be this group of playmakers.

    We have loved watching you this past four + years at LPHS and look forward to the next 6 years of your BYU career.

    All the best at the next level.

    Alpine Blue

  • Haws
    March 24, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    Is this story accurate when it indicates that Haws played in a Varsity game in the 8th grade? Can you play highschool as an 8th grader? I thought you had to wait until you were in ninth grade at a minimum.

  • Basketballogy
    March 24, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    Wow, he seems to be exactly what BYU needs, not just in terms of skills but disposition as well. I'm looking forward to tracking he college career.

    Great article, thanks.

  • Alaskan
    March 24, 2009 2:57 p.m.

    I went through elementary school with this guy. Congrats man, awesome job!! Glad your gonna be a BYU Cougar!!!!

  • Sounds Like A Great Kid
    March 24, 2009 2:48 p.m.

    Good luck to you at BYU, Tyler. I am sure you will be a valuable player there as you have been at Lone Peak. Never lose sight of who you are and you will go far.

  • duchesne high 2000 grad
    March 24, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    Maybe he will get BYU out of the gutter when it comes time to dance. heh

  • Connor
    March 24, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    Congratulations Tyler! Looking forward to having you at the Y.

  • Tyler
    March 24, 2009 2:36 p.m.

    is a straight up baller and an awesome kid