Utah high school basketball never had it so good.
The stars will be out in force April 28-29 when UCLA coach Jim Harrick, who recently guided the Bruins to the national championship, headlines the annual Utah Coaches Association clinic before a group of the state's finest seniors take on a team of national stars in an exhibition tilt."I think it will be terrific for the state," said Sky View coach Kevin Dustin, who helped organize the event.
Coaches of any level (recreational, junior high, etc.) are invited to attend the two-day clinic which will feature Harrick, Gene Bartow (Alabama-Bimingham), Norm Stewart (Missouri), M.K. Turk (Southern Mississippi), Tom Carlson (Florida State) Gary Colson (formerly of Fresno State) and Joe Cravens (Idaho) as well as local coaches Rick Majerus (Utah), Roger Reid and Tony Ingle (BYUU), Larry Eustachy and Kermit Davis (Utah State), Ron Abegglen (Weber State) and Bill Evans (Southern Utah).
Pre-registration is $55. For more information contact Coach Dustin at 563-6273.
Following the instructional period, attention will turn to the hardwood floor at Salt Lake Community College. Saturday at 8 p.m., Team Utah will face Team USA in a national high school basketball all-star game. Admission is $5.
"We'll represent Utah well," said Dustin, who will coach the Utah squad with East coach Kerry Rupp and Sky View assistant Matt Barnes.
Brad Willden, Nate Carling and Brent Hawkins of 5A champion Alta lead a cast which includes standouts Cory Reiser (Hunter), Brent Moore (Ogden), Kelly Brimhall (Provo), Josh Gardner (East), Jeremy Jeppesen (Viewmont), Eric Baugh (Mountain Crest), Todd Christensen (Highland), Lance Barnes (Bingham) and David Evans (Cedar City).
The Utahns will do battle with national stars Dorian Davis, Mike Baptiste, Sean Kelly, Kenyatta Clyde, Rico Harris, Shomiro Richard, Gordon Scott and Justin Sant.
Davis (6-8, forward, Memphis, Tenn.) has signed with Memphis State, Baptiste (6-9, center, Southern California) is headed to Long Beach State and Kelly (6-5, swingman, Grand Junction, Colo.) has verbally committed to BYU. All of the other cagers are also considered "blue chip" prospects and are being heavily recruited.