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High school boys basketball: 2021 Class 4A team-by-team preseason capsules

Cedar’s Zab Santana splits the defense of Ridgeline’s Will Booth and Brecken Campbell during the 4A boys basketball semifinal game between and at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Cedar’s Zab Santana splits the defense of Ridgeline’s Will Booth and Brecken Campbell during the 4A boys basketball semifinal game between and at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Santana is one of the top returning players for defending champion Cedar.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

The 2021-2022 high school boys basketball season gets underway this week for 6A, 5A and 4A 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 4A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are three new head basketball coaches in 4A this year: Logan Brown (Green Canyon), Mitch Argyle (Logan) and Chandler Smith (Mountain Crest.

Here are the 4A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 10

1. Dixie Flyers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tyler Roberts (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 19-5 (first in Region 9 with a 12-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Ridgeline, 62-60, in the 4A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Bronson Barben, F, Sr. — 3.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg.
  • Kean Webb, C, Jr. — 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.5 apg.
  • Risko Brooks, G, Sr.
  • Cam Dyer, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “I’m really excited about this team and their potential. They are hardworking and love to compete. We have some really big size and some quickness to go with it. Looking forward to getting better each day.”


2. Cedar City Reds

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mark Esplin (third year).

2020-2021 record: 19-6 (tied for second in Region 9 with a 10-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No 6 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Beat Desert Hills, 64-59, in the 4A championship.

Returning starters: One.

Returning Contributors:

  • Zab Santana, F, Sr. — 13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.7 spg.
  • Ty Harrison, G, Sr. — 6.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg.
  • Aaron Munson, F, Sr. — 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.5 apg.

Coach comment: “As the defending 4A state champions we are excited to get our season started. We had a lot of talent on our team last year and feel like we bring back a lot of experience, and a talented group that plays hard. We look forward to longtime rivalries, in the new Region 10. There is a lot of returning talent in 4A and we look forward to the opportunity to compete night in and night out.”


3. Snow Canyon Warriors

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Doug Meacham (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-8 (fifth in Region 9 with an 8-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No 8 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juan Diego, 64-39, in the 4A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Lyman Simmons, Jr. — 17.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 spg.
  • Walker Morrison, Sr. — 6.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg.
  • Bowen Hammer, Jr.
  • Owen Mackay, Soph.

Coach comment: “This group of players as a team and individually has put in as much time and effort in the offseason as any team I’ve coached. There will be some competitive practices all year because of our depth. Any number of players could have a great night and there’s a collective goal that these guys seem to have to make plays for each other on both ends of the floor.”


4. Crimson Cliffs Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kasey Winters (third year).

2020-2021 record: 19-5 (tied for second in Region 9 with a 10-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar, 64-62, in the 4A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Hudson Hawes, PG, Sr. — 12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 spg.
  • Travis Mathews, F, Sr. — 3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.
  • Jordan Eaton, F, Jr. — 7.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.9 spg.
  • Phoenix McWillis, F, Jr. — 2.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg.
  • Jackson McKone, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “Should be another exciting season for the Mustangs as we continue to grow and be a consistent contender in Region 10 and 4A. We bring back a lot of experienced players and have depth throughout our roster. We have a challenging pre-season that will hopefully prepare us for a tough Region 10 schedule. We look forward to making a run and the region and state title.”


5. Desert Hills Thunder

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Chris Allred (second year).

2020-2021 record: 21-5 (tied for second in Region 9 with a 10-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: 4th in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar, 64-59, in the 4A championship.

Returning starters: None

Returning Contributors:

  • Lincoln Holmes, Jr. — 1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg.
  • Chomp Jones, Jr.

Coach comment: “After losing five senior starters from last season, it will be exciting to see who competes to win these positions for this season.”


6. Pine View Panthers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ryan Eves (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 6-16 (sixth in Region 9 with a 4-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juan Diego, 72-39, in the 4A second round.

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Bensen Shepherd, G, Sr. — 12.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg.
  • Rushton Shaw, G, Sr. — 8.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.6 spg.
  • Tyson Moten, G, Sr. — 1.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 apg.
  • Turner Williams, G, Sr.

Coach comment: “I love this team. They have been committed to the weight room and offseason work and are ready to go. The energy is high and the pieces are there to be very successful.”


7. Hurricane Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Todd Langston (ninth year).

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

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 4A

2021 postseason: Lost to Pine View, 50-47, in the 4A first round.

Additional info not provided.


Region 11

1. Ridgeline Riverhawks

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kyle Day (third year).

2020-2021 record: 16-9 (first in Region 11 with a 9-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar, 66-61, in the 4A semifinals.

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Kaden Cox, G, Sr. — 16.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg.
  • Peyton Knowles, F, Sr. — 11.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg.
  • Josh Jackman, C, Sr. — 6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.5 apg.
  • Jake Smith, G, Sr. — 5.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg.

Coach comment: “We are really excited about this coming year! We have a lot of guys coming back that have experienced a lot of success individually, as a team, and in other varsity sports. One big challenge for us is to continue to learn and grow together, while working toward a common goal. As always, the 4A classification has some great teams and will be competitive every night, we love having the opportunity to compete in our region and classification. If the boys can figure out how to play really hard together, as a team, then we will be excited about the opportunities that competing can present.”


2. Green Canyon Wolves

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Logan Brown (first year).

2020-2021 record: 12-11 (fourth in Region 11 with a 5-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar, 65-48, in the 4A second round .

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Brady Smith, PG, Sr. — 13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg.
  • Jared Anderson, G, Soph., 8.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg.
  • Dallas Day, F, Sr. — 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg.
  • Spencer Maughan, 2.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.7 spg.

Coach comment: “We are excited with the group of boys we have this year. We have a really good balance of experience along with some young talent coming up. Our strength will be our ability to spread the floor with multiple scoring options, along with depth. Our program has done a great job of working hard to prepare for the season.”


3. Sky View Bobcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kirk Hillyard (12th year).

2020-2021 record: 16-6 (second in Region 11 with an 8-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 4A

2021 postseason: Lost to Desert Hills, 63-43, in the 4A quarterfinals.

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Hayden Howell, SG, Jr. — 7.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg.

Coach comment: “I am excited about coaching this group of players. We do not have much varsity experience so we will have to rely on our basketball knowledge and experience. This team will be well-rounded and with a good fundamental group coming up this year. Should be a fun year for the Bobcats.”


4. Logan Grizzlies

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mitch Argyle (first year).

2020-2021 record: 14-7 (third in Region 11 with a 6-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Snow Canyon, 67-65, in the 4A second round.

Returning contributors:

  • Gage Jenson, Sr. — 4.9 ppg.
  • Will Jenson, Sr. — 4.1 ppg.
  • Jaelin Hoth, Sr. — 2.8 ppg.

Coach comment: “We have some good young men at Logan High. Our schedule is loaded with good teams. The boys are going to compete hard and give themselves a chance every night. They will be a lot of fun to watch.”


5. Mountain Crest Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Chandler Smith (first year).

2020-2021 record: 2-19 (sixth in Region 11 with a 0-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 20 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar Valley, 49-34, in the 4A first round.

Additional info not provided.


6. Bear River Bears

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Reggie Shaw (third year).

2020-2021 record: 10-13 (fifth in Region 11 with a 2-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Dixie, 80-49, in the 4A second round.

Returning starters: None.

Returning contributors:

  • Daxton Sorensen, G, Sr. — 3.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.0 apg.
  • Caleb Barfuss, G, Sr. — 5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.
  • Gehrig Marble, F, So., 4.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.7 apg.

Coach Comment: “I am excited about the mix of returning players and young talent that we have coming back this season. We are filled with young athletic talent that should provide for a fun year of basketball here at Bear River.”