Olympus High's speedy guard Rylan Jones is Deseret News' 2018 Mr. Basketball

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  • Bigtravi Herriman, UT
    March 22, 2018 11:43 a.m.


    Dispel the myth that Olympus did not play anyone? There is nothing mythical about it. They played zero out of state teams. The top nationally ranked team they played all year was Orem, who is 1,248th in the country. The teams you listed ended the season ranked as follows:

    American Fork 1,886th
    Layton 1,317th
    Westlake 2,545th
    Bingham 1,564th
    Bountiful 3,703rd
    Corner Canyon 2,041st
    West Jordan 3,310th

    That is the definition of not playing high level competition. They did not play the top in-state competition. Which would be Lone Peak, ranked 39th in the country and headed to another national tournament in a week. Olympus should take notes and schedule some teams that will challenge them.

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    March 21, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    Maybe brother Jones will be hired by BYU then it would be good to see Rylan in Cougar blue. Both the Utes and the Cougars put players in the NBA and have great tradition. But playing for the Y is a great choice.

  • JJ2222 South Jordan, UT
    March 21, 2018 9:02 a.m.

    Olympus and PG are playing next year on November 27th. They are also in the Elite 8 with Copper Hills, Bingham, Davis, Corner Canyon, etc.

    Can we please dispel the myth that Olympus did not play anyone this year? They would have played Copper Hills but American Fork beat Copper Hills at the Elite 8 tournament. Olympus then beat American Fork by 36 the next night. Olympus also beat Layton, Westlake, Bingham, Bountiful twice (who beat PG), Corner Canyon twice (who beat Riverton) West Jordan and everyone else they played. This years Olympus team has absolutely nothing to prove. The results against top in state competition speaks for itself.

  • drski eden, UT
    March 20, 2018 11:07 p.m.

    so hope you play Lone peak, copper hill and pleasant grove this year.

  • Pacoute Payson, UT
    March 20, 2018 9:41 p.m.

    For all the talk about how Rylan worked hard to put on weight, why not mention how much he did put on?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 20, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    GO RJ!

    GO UTES!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 20, 2018 10:31 a.m.

    Correction to my first comment... NICO Mannion, not Niko.

  • rosielector Ogden, UT
    March 20, 2018 10:08 a.m.

    Rylan's dad Chris Jones said I will let Rylan play all the sports he wants and he will gravitate to the sport he is good at and loves. He is such a fun kid to watch play. For Rylan its all about the game and not him. Congratulations MR BASKETBALL

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 20, 2018 10:01 a.m.

    Excited for the day Rylan joins the Utah Utes. Now if Utah can add another former player's son to play alongside Rylan. Niko Mannion, come on down!

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    March 20, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    Rylan is a great addition to a very talented incoming class to the University of Utah. Exciting times ahead. Go Utes!

  • JJ2222 South Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2018 8:17 a.m.

    Nice to see Rylan get recognized for what he is, the best player in the state of Utah. What an amazing year for Olympus!