High school boys basketball: Local teams fare well in Day 1 of Jerry Tarkanian Classic

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  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Wasatch Academy a top BB programs in the State. They could probably beat all but the best 4a and 5a teams. Orem is in the top 4-5 4a teams and WA beat them in double overtime. They are probably pretty equal.

    Unfortunately for WA their "season" is over in January 1. They played some good teams in Vegas and in preseason, but playing the 2a teams in the state is like a college team playing high school teams. How exciting will it be to play Emery, The Seviers, and Grand?

    WA has 5 starters that can play college ball. John is a DI top level player, Luzcando is a DII to mid major D1, Mohammad is a DII+ player, Baptist is a Juco/DII player.

    There is a huge drop off with their bench; one quality guard, the rest would struggle for much playing time at most Utah HS.

    If they can continue to recruit DI caliber players it would be a good idea to move them to 4a classification, however the coach will need to replace his talented seniors, as the bench players look fairly similar to Sevier, Grand and Emery and Tintic.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    There's a real problem in Utah athletics, involving some private schools. The state needs to do one of two things. They can make private schools compete in their own league, or they can move them up a class or two. Many states do one of those two things, and it works well.

    If you look at the statistics on private schools winning championships in Utah, it's pretty obvious they have an advantage, especially in the smaller classifications.

    It simply isn't right to have a small town school with a limited talent pool compete for a state title, against a school team designed specifically to showcase and develop international athletes for college recruitment.

  • Talent Scout West Valley, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    Enrollment size of 300 has nothing to do with how good a basketball team is when recruiting is the only way to get kids of this caliber to play at the school. If WA can "recruit" but other regulars schools cannot "recruit" why then is WA appointed to compete against schools based on school size. Sounds ridiculous not only to the other 2A schools who don't recruit based on athletics and it seems unfair to WA who play against state schools that cant give them any real competition. WA does need to play against 5A schools or only play against other private schools in my opinion.

  • 2afan Layton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    WA has a targeted team from all over the world with intentional results. They have abused the system and have no other private schools defending them. Their coach said they would play up but UHSAA has to make that call. That was John Swallowish because they didn't ask to be moved up after destroying 2A last year.

  • TDeagle24 mapleton, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    Divisions in Utah high school athletics are based only on how big the school is, not its level of talent. Wasatch Academy is in the right division for how big its school is.

  • steck27 The Woodlands, TX
    Dec. 21, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    It might be best to leave WA in 2 A where they play other schools of similar size. It would be humiliating for top notch 5 A teams to lose to the likes of WA. A 5A state champion with an enrollment of less than 300?

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    so why is Wasatch Academy a 2A school for bball, that is a bit ridiculous, if you create a prep school for the sole purpose of recruiting and training division one basketball talent, then you should be playing at the highest level of competition within the state of Utah.