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High school boys basketball: 2021 Class 3A team-by-team preseason capsules

Richfield, Layton Christian, Manti and Juan Diego open the season as the boys basketball preseason favorites in their respective 3A regions

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Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The 2021-2022 high school boys basketball season gets underway this week for 3A, 2A and 1A teams after the conclusion of the football season this past weekend. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 3A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are five new head basketball coaches in 3A this year: Dave Justice (Emery), Mike Osguthorpe (South Summit), Bill Pollock (North Sanpete), Ronnie Ross (ALA) and Curtis Condie (Summit Academy).

Here are the 3A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


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Region 12

1. Richfield Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Rand Janes (16th year).

2020-2021 record: 11-12 (Tied for third in Region 12 with a 5-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juab, 53-30, in the 3A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Connor Holroyd, F, Sr. — 4.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg.
  • Kaden Chidester, C, Sr. — 1.7 ppg.
  • Jackson Archibald, G, Sr. — 1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg.

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2. Emery Spartans

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Dave Justice (first year).

2020-2021 record: 4-16 (sixth in Region 12 with a 1-9 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Grantsville, 65-30, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Brett Rasmussen, C, Jr. — 5.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg.
  • Kysen Curtis, PF, Sr. — 3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.7 spg.
  • Ryker Jensen, SG, Sr. — 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg.
  • Jace Mangum, SF, Sr. — 1.2 ppg.

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3. Carbon Dinos

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jared Butler (third year).

2020-2021 record: 13-10 (Tied for 3rd in Region 12 with a 5-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Grantsville, 50-37, in the 3A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Jordan Fossatt, G, Sr. — 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.2 apg.
  • Jackson Griffeth, G, Sr.
  • Rylan Hart, G, Sr. — 3.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.5 spg.
  • Paxton Kimber, G/F, Sr.

Coach comment: “I am excited for this year.”


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4. Canyon View Falcons

2021-2022 schedule

Head Coach: Rob Potter (11th year).

2020-2021 record: 2-21 (Tied for seventh in Region 9 with a 1-13 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Tooele, 52-36 in the 4A first round.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Andrew Barnes, G, Jr. — 4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.8 spg.
  • Skyler Hignite, G, Sr. — 1.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg.
  • Cooper Malcom, F, Jr. — 0.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg.
  • Jace Mitchell, G, Sr.

Coach comment: “It is a new game for us again coming back to 3A. I have a lot of respect for these programs, but don’t know much about them yet. We will have to compete just as hard as we did in 4A and Region 9. We are looking forward to a new challenge, and hopeful to compete the way we did when we were in this region and classification four years ago. It is a year of comebacks, as we are coming back to Region 12 and 3A and have had a few players move back to CV or return after injuries. That combined with the young men we have returning; I am excited about his group. If we play together and for each other, we could surprise a lot of people this year after back-to-back really down years for our program.”


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5. Grand Red Devils

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Klint York (second year).

2020-2021 record: 8-2 (first in Region 12 with a 22-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to San Juan, 71-67, in the 3A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Brett Reed, G, Sr. — 1.2 ppg.
  • Blane Thompson, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are coming off one of our more successful teams in recent years, but with that being said we’re not returning any starters from that team. We had a great offseason and some of our players have really worked hard on improving. It is my hope that we can compete, play hard and help develop this group into something special.”


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Region 13

1. Layton Christian Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Bobby Porter (21st year).

2020-2021 record: 19-6 (first in Region 17 with an 8-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Beat Enterprise, 60-53, in the 2A championship

Additional info not provided.


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2. Grantsville Cowboys

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Nate Austin (second year).

2020-2021 record: 18-3 (first in Region 13 with a 9-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to San Juan, 51-49, in the 3A semifinals.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Carter Killian, G, Sr. — 10.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.0 spg.
  • Tate Allred, G, Sr. — 7.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg.
  • Brigham Mulford, G, Jr. — 5.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 1.1 apg.

Coach comment: “I’m excited to get fans back in the stands. What a great opportunity for us to represent Grantsville High School. We are young and undersized, but I’m excited for the challenge. I know these kids will play hard and leave it all on the court.”


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3. Morgan Trojans

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brad Matthews (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 9-11 (Tied for third in Region 13 with a 6-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Richfield, 52-47, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Nixon Ordyna, G, Sr. — 8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg.
  • Eli Bailey, F, Jr. — 10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.1 spg.
  • Aiden Harris, G, Jr. — 2.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.1 spg.
  • Alex Fisher, G, Jr. — 4.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.7 spg.
  • Gavin Turner, G, Jr. — 1.4 ppg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 spg.

Coach comment: “With only one senior we will be young, but we return some players with experience. We expect to compete for a region title and are excited to compete in a very competitive 3A classification.”


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4. Ogden Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brock Randall (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 2-18 (seventh in Region 10 with a 0-12 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 21 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Stansbury, 62-31, in the 4A first round .

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Ozzie Norton, Sr.
  • Jace Oliverson, Sr.
  • Landen Smith, Sr.
  • Kohl Gill, Sr.
  • Alex Howard, Sr.
  • Jack Blodget, Jr.
  • Austin Johnson, Jr.
  • Chino Furness, Jr.

Coach comment: “I really like these guys. This is a different Ogden team than we’ve had in the past. Very excited.”

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5. Ben Lomond Scots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tanoka Beard (third year).

2020-2021 record: 4-19 (sixth in Region 10 with a 2-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Bear River, 56-36, in the 4A first round.

Additional info not provided.


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6. South Summit Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mike Osguthorpe (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-15 (fifth in Region 13 with a 2-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juab, 54-40, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Gibson Walton, Sr., PF/C
  • Ricky Perez, Sr., F
  • Caleby Thompson, Jr., G
  • MaxMckee, Sr., PG
  • Logan Rydalch, Sr., F

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Region 14

1. Manti Templars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Devin Shakespeare (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 18-7 (second in Region 14 with a 10-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Judge Memorial, 61-47, in the 3A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Lars Pogoroszewski, Jr. — 4.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.7 spg.
  • Kayson Douglas, Jr. — 2.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.6 apg.

Coach comment: “We are excited for the opportunity to play this upcoming season. Our team will be looking to gain needed experience and develop an identity. I am excited to coach this group and be part of their growth.”


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2. North Sanpete Hawks

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Bill Pollock (first year).

2020-2021 record: 12-9 (third in Region 14 with a 6-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Carbon, 71-64, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Landon Bowles — 9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg.
  • Ty Morley — 7.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg.

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3. Juab Wasps

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kamron Wright (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 22-3 (first in Region 14 with an 11-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Beat San Juan, 54-50, in the 3A championship.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Justin Christensen, F, Sr. — 3.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg.
  • Tyler Hathaway, G, Sr. — 2.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.6 spg.

Coach comment: “We are excited for the season to get started. Juab will have an inexperienced group of seniors and juniors who are ready to show their talents and make their mark. As coaches, we hope that a very difficult preseason will prepare us for what should be a very competitive region.”


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4. Union Cougars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Joe Moynier (second year).

2020-2021 record: 6-12 (fifth in Region 14 with a 5-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Grand, 82-42, in the 3A second round.

Additional info not provided.


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5. Delta Rabbits

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kurtis Topham (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 4-15 (sixth in Region 14 with a 3-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Emery, 64-50, in the 3A first round.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Cam Smith, G, Jr. — 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg.

Coach comment: “We will be young with only one returning starter. We hope to get better each game and be ready to compete with anyone by the end of the year.”


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Region 15

1. Juan Diego Soaring Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Drew Trost (ninth year).

2020-2021 record: 22-3 (first in Region 10 with a 12-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Desert Hills, 52-50, in the 4A semifinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Malick Diallo, F, So. — 10.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 apg.
  • Zuriel Marquez, PG, Jr.
  • Harevaa Hatitio, P, Sr.,
  • Nick Ceballos, G, Sr.

Coach comment: “We lost five talented seniors from last year’s 22-3 team of which three of them are now playing college basketball. Our super talented sophomore center Malick Diallo is the only returner with significant varsity experience. However, we do have a talented and hungry group of guys ready to learn and battle. We look to cut our teeth with an extremely challenging preseason schedule that will truly push us. If we grow and rally around our defense, effort and teamwork, this team can be very special.”


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2. Judge Memorial Bulldogs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Sanjin Kolovrat (second year).

2020-2021 record: 14-9 (second in Region 13 with a 7-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juab, 58-52, in the 3A semifinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Aaydan Saucedo, G, Soph. — 7.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.6 spg.
  • Will Selfridge, G/F, Sr. — 1.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.

Coach comment: “Judge Memorial is a wildly different group this year after graduating six seniors which accounted for 85% of our scoring output. With a group mainly composed of freshmen/sophomores and a few seniors, we will have a lot of growing up to do but I am really excited about our youth talent, competitiveness and overall fire to get better. 2024 G Aaydan Saucedo has improved a lot since starting as a freshman last year and I think he will be one of the best guards in all of 3A. I am thrilled with some great additions to our coaching staff as well and we will learn from some early bumps in preseason, but I think this group will be ready come region play.”


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3. American Leadership Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ronnie Ross (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-17 (fourth in Region 14 with a 5-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Manti, 68-48, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Ryker Mason, G, Sr. — 2.5 ppg.
  • Alonso Chacon, G/F, Sr. — 2.6 ppg.
  • Zac Webster, SG, Sr. — 3.8 ppg.

Coach comment: “In addition to our returning contributors, we expect sophomore point guard Russel Gibson and freshman forward Tad Swarnes to make major contributions. We had a great offseason developing and building team chemistry in preparation to our fast-paced offense.”


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4. Summit Academy Bears

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Curtis Condie (first year).

2020-2021 record: 10-13 (Tied for third in Region 13 with a 6-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to San Juan, 68-48, in the 3A second round.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Tyler Jensen, F, Sr. — 1.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg.
  • Kaysen Brown, F, Sr.
  • Caleb Knight, F, Sr.
  • Christian Kindler, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are a very inexperienced team at the varsity level, with only a total of 4.0 points returning off a team that went 10-13, but we are hoping our togetherness will bring us some success on the court.”


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5. Providence Hall Patriots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jack Ballard (third year).

2020-2021 record: 6-15 (sixth in Region 13 with a 0-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to South Summit, 50-43, in the 3A first round.

Additional info not provided.