The country just caught wind of one of Utah’s best high school basketball players.
Copper Hills senior shooting guard Stockton Malone Shorts — yes, that’s his name — made national headlines Tuesday following his team’s 62-41 win that lifted them into the playoffs.
Shorts scored 17 in the victory, according to the Deseret News.
“It’s always good to come out strong in the tournament and play like we know we can. It just gives us momentum going into the tournament,” Shorts told the Deseret News.
And, following the win, Shorts’ name caught fire, like his shooting stroke this season.
This is Stockton Malone Shorts. He's the best player in the highest level of Utah high school ball this year. Yes, that's really his name. pic.twitter.com/RXRqcKGchO— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) February 28, 2017
There's a top high school prospect in Utah whose name is Stockton Malone Shorts. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. (via @andyblarsen)— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 28, 2017
Sign of the apocalypse... There's a kid in Utah named Stockton Malone Shorts who's good at basketball. #YouCantMakeThisStuffUp— Adam Esselman (@AdamEsselman) February 28, 2017
Stockton Malone Shorts might be the best name for a Utah born basketball player I've ever heard.— Chase’s Urban Hang Suite (@ChaseSheffield) February 28, 2017
https://twitter.com/blk_tray/status/836575142041935873The shooting guard’s name is an obvious tie to John Stockton and Karl Malone, the two-man tandem who ruled Utah Jazz basketball (and the NBA) throughout much of the 1990s, according to For The Win, a USA Today sports blog.
More impressively, the name also harkens back to Stockton’s signature short shorts, FTW reported.
"Weren’t Stockton Shorts a thing back in the day? Yes, they certainly were," FTW explained.
Shorts, who was born in October 1998, just a few months after the Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals, earned the name after his mother, Kelly, met both Stockton and Malone, according to Total Pro Sports.
Shorts, though, is more than just a kid with a cool basketball name (described as “over-the-top” by The Big Lead). He’s got the stats to back it up. According to the Deseret News, he’s averaging 23.1 points per game and more than six rebounds, says SB Nation’s James Dator.
ESPN’s scouting report puts him at ninth in the Beehive State. It also ranks him at No. 108 nationally for his position and No. 128 in his region.
“It’s important to appreciate his accomplishments, because Shorts is one heck of a player in his own right — but you’ve got to love that name,” Dator wrote. “It’s peak Utah basketball. The only way Stockton Malone Shorts could be more a part of the state’s basketball legacy would be to throw ‘Jimmer’ in there somewhere.”
Want to see Shorts in action? He and the Copper Hills Grizzlies (19-4) will take on Layton (15-6) Wednesday at Weber State. Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m.
You can watch the live stream here on DeseretNews.com.