Britton Johnsen played briefly in the NBA, for the Magic.
Fred Roberts played for around 13 years in the NBA
@ mike w,This is NOT a disappointing list when one considers the facts. 2
of 30 on the list played in the NBA (so far 6.6% and potentially higher). The
chance of a high school basketball player eventually getting drafted by the NBA
is 0.03%. Thus the the Utah HS Mr. Basketball has at least a 200 fold increased
chance of getting drafted compared to the average HS player. Consider further
that only 1.2% of college players get drafted by the NBA, the list looks ok.
People that consider college players that don't get drafted or who do not
make it in the NBA to be failures, just don't understand the odds.
Did ANY of these guys make it to the NBA aside from Shawn Bradley???
Interesting, but almost disappointing list... a hot-bed for basketball talent we
"WOW!...A lot of the Deseret News choices for Mr. Basketball I have never
heard of!...Except the ones that have or are still playing for BYU."Perhaps because you follow BYU? Just a hunch.
Speaks to the value of the program at BYU that 6 of the 12 (decided) "Mr.
Basketball" men chose that School program over any other school/program in
state or out. I was surprised that SLCC knocked down 2 or was it 3
(?) of those top players. What is happening with the 13th? Is
anyone recruiting him in state?
Reid is a great guy. That is definetly a true statement. And a heck of a coach
no matter what anyone says. But this article is about highschool basketball
players. Not college coaches. Certainly not about SUU. I love SUU just as
much as the next guy but read the artle and make a comment about highschool not
college. All these candidates are great. Should go a long way at the next
I was in Cedar City when Roger Reid got hired by SUU. He watched the
Jazz-Rockets playoff series with me and my friends. He's a really nice guy and
for the most part been a very successful coach (hasn't had success at SUU
though.) I remember him mentioning how he believes there are plenty
of great recruits in the state of Utah. We're one of the few places that has a
basketball court in every church house in every block throughout the state. Its
a bigger part of our culture than we realize.That same year he
brought Geoff Payne and half of his Snow team (mostly Utah kids) down to SUU and
we had a decent season. Anyway... just a thought I wanted to
contribute. It comes from Roger Reid, not me :)
WOW!...A lot of the Deseret News choices for Mr. Basketball I have never heard
of!...Except the ones that have or are still playing for BYU.
Morgan Grimm and Daniel Deane were both chased off the Utah team by Jim Boylen.
One of the first things Boylen did was get rid of Deane whose father Greg was an
all conference player for Utah. I guess that should have told us something
about Boylen early on. Either he can't recognized talent or he is impatient in
working with 18 year olds. Oh well, he had his chance.