As good as Davis High guard Brody Van Brocklin was in leading the Darts to their first state basketball championship since 1976, coach Jay Welk said the sharpshooter will only get better.

Van Brocklin, who was named the 2002 Deseret News Mr. Basketball, signed to play basketball at Salt Lake Community College on Saturday in fulfillment of his dream to play college basketball.

"I think he'll be a very good JC player right now, and I believe he'll become a player that Division I schools will eventually grow to like," Welk said. "He was a kid coming into the year that nobody knew much about. He's a very committed young man as a basketball player and a student. He'll just get better and better."

Along with his 18.8 points-per-game average, which was second-best in Class 5A, the 6-foot-3 Van Brocklin averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and shot 48 percent from the field. He also shot 80.5 percent from the foul line and buried a team-high 50 3-pointers.

He plans to play a full season before serving an LDS Church mission.

"I have a lot of respect for coach (Norm) Parrish," Van Brocklin said of his decision to ink with the Bruins. "I'm just excited to be a part of it. I think it's somewhere, that if I work hard, I can have a chance to play."

In high school, Van Brocklin always had the knack to score, but he was a mediocre defender his junior year in high school. During the summer between his junior and senior years, Welk challenged him to develop into a better defender to round out his game, and he did. As well as being an offensive threat, he emerged as one of the classification's top defenders and always drew the toughest defensive assignments.

Welk said that desire will continue at the next level.

"Knowing him, he'll focus on the task at hand, and that's how he's been. He'll give coach Parrish and his teams everything he's got," he said.

Van Brocklin, 17, scored 20 points or more 12 times and was never held below 10 points. He hit five 3-pointers in a game twice and four five times. The Darts (18-7) won 10 straight Region 1 games and finished as co-champions with Northridge.

He was also recruited by Weber State, Snow College, Dixie State College and the College of Eastern Utah.


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