Looking back at 32 years of Deseret News Mr. Basketball winners


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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 20, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    Dutchman--I was no fan of Jim Boylen--but whether he recognized talent or not, Daniel Deane's career post Utah was a huge disappointment. "He had his chance..." --You could say the same about young Mr. Deane--at both schools.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 21, 2018 3:58 p.m.

    Britton Johnsen played briefly in the NBA, for the Magic.

  • Jimbobmccready Highland, UT
    March 28, 2016 3:17 p.m.

    Fred Roberts played for around 13 years in the NBA

  • Mendel Iowa City, IA
    March 24, 2016 6:21 p.m.

    @ 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.

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    March 24, 2016 1:00 p.m.

    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 are not.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 14, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    "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.

  • ogmson Mapleton, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    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?

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    April 2, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    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 level.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    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 :)

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    March 21, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    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.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    March 21, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    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.