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High school boys basketball: 6A state tournament quarterfinals capsules (+ predictions)

Here’s a look at the eight teams who advanced to the 6A quarterfinals at the University of Utah this week

Davis’ Trevan Leonhardt drives to the hoop with Fremont’s Dakota Argyle defending as the two teams play in a high school basketball game in Plain City on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Davis won 85-74.
Davis’ Trevan Leonhardt drives to the hoop with Fremont’s Dakota Argyle defending as the two teams play in a high school basketball game in Plain City on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Davis won 85-74.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The 6A state tournament gets underway again this Wednesday with the quarterfinals at the University of Utah.

The top remaining seeds are all still in the hunt for the state title, including No. 1 Davis, No. 2 Fremont, No. 3 Layton and No. 4 Skyridge.

The first quarterfinal is slated for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday between Skyridge and Lone Peak.

Here’s a closer look at the eight remaining teams in the 6A state tournament.


No. 1 Davis Darts (21-1)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Chad Sims (sixth year)

Region: First in Region 1 with a 13-1 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Westlake, Wednesday, 11:10 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Davis 76, Taylorsville 40

Best victory: 69-52 win vs. Layton on Feb. 7

Top contributors:

  • #3 Jake Sampson, Sr., G (13.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg)
  • #2 Spencer Vernon, Sr., F (11.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.1 spg)
  • #10 Trevan Leonhardt, Sr., G (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.6 apg, 3.7 spg)
  • #35 Dylan Perrenoud, Sr., F (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 apg)
  • #23 Rex Sunderland, So., G (7.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 71.3 ppg (4th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 47.5 ppg (1st in 6A)

Last state championship: 2002 (5A)

2019 postseason: Lost to American Fork 82-80 in 6A semifinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Layton in state championship

Edward’s Evaluation: Davis is the only team left in the 6A state tournament with a top five offense and and a top five defense, so it’s no wonder the Darts are the top seed and the tourney favorites. The Darts only loss this season was against Layton, a loss it later avenged in the region rematch. Balance is the key for Davis, with four different players averaging in double figures ranging from 10 to 13 points. If you key in on one, someone else goes off. That balance may ultimately lead Davis to its first state title in 18 years.


No. 2 Fremont Silverwolves (20-3)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Corey Melaney (11th year)

Region: Third in Region 1 with a 11-3 record

Quarterfinals: vs. West Jordan, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Fremont 75, Riverton 45

Best victory: 70-66 win vs. Layton on Jan. 21

Top contributors:

  • #30 Dallin Hall, Sr. (23.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.8 spg)
  • #10 Baylor Harrop, Sr. (15.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.6 spg)
  • #11 Tige Voorhees, Sr. (11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg)
  • #4 Kipp Calder, Sr. (8.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 spg)
  • #23 Harrison Stimpson, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Scoring offense: 72.0 ppg (3rd in 6A)

Scoring defense: 58.7 ppg (10th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2005 (5A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Pleasant Grove 72-55 in 6A semifinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Layton in semifinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Fremont lived up to expectations throughout the season except for two lopsided losses to Davis. It won’t play Davis again unless they meet in the championship, which could certainly happen with standout guard Dallin Hall leading the way. Hall is a great passer and is averaging seven assists per game, but for Fremont to win the title he needs to have more of a scorers mentality at state.


No. 3 Layton Lancers (20-2)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Kelby Miller (10th year)

Region: Second in Region 1 with a 12-2 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Pleasant Grove, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Layton 78, Weber 59

Best victory: 77-69 win vs. Fremont on Feb. 13

Top contributors:

  • #35 Ethan Potter, Jr., F (22.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg)
  • #5 Tanner Kofoed, Sr., G (14.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.2 apg, 3.1 spg)
  • #25 Boston Painter, Sr., F (11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg)
  • #2 Jacob Randall, Sr., G (11.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.5 spg)
  • #13 Preston Squire, Jr., F (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 78.0 ppg (1st in 6A)

Scoring defense: 61.2 ppg (14th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2015 (5A)

2019 postseason: Lost to American Fork 80-68 in 6A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Davis in championship

Edward’s Evaluation: Layton features the top scoring offense in 6A this season, and it’s easy to see why with five players averaging in double figures. The Lancers are the tallest team in 6A and can create match-up problems for anyone. That should help Layton get past Pleasant Grove in the quarterfinals, and after that Fremont likely awaits in the semis and then Davis in the finals. It split with both teams during region play, and if any of those teams meet at the University of Utah those games should be outstanding.


No. 4 Skyridge Falcons (18-6)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Jeff Gardner (fourth year)

Region: First in Region 4 with an 8-2 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Lone Peak, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Skyridge 55, Jordan 54

Best victory: 60-58 win at Pleasant Grove on Feb. 11

Top contributors:

  • #24 Trevon Snoddy, Sr. (19.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg)
  • #22 Duncan Reid, Jr. (16.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg)
  • #2 Braden Housley, Sr. (16.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2.7 spg)
  • #21 Luke Brower, Sr. (5.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
  • #0 Kai Roberts, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg)

Scoring offense: 73.0 ppg (2nd in 6A)

Scoring defense: 63.8 ppg (20th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2019 postseason: Lost to East 60-53 in 5A quarterfinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Davis in semifinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Skyridge was the second-highest scoring team in 6A this season, but it proved in a 55-54 double overtime win over Jordan in the second round that it can win more than just one way. That willingness to grind out possessions when things get tough is huge asset for any team at state. The Eagles also have three players who all average at least 16 points per game, and they’ve taken turns throughout the year leading the way.


No. 9 Westlake Thunder (15-9)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Nate Carling (sixth year)

Region: Tied for fourth in Region 4 with a 4-6 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Davis, Wednesday, 11:10 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Westlake 80, Hunter 51
  • Second round: Westlake 61, Copper Hills 56

Best victory: 82-74 win at Pleasant Grove on Jan. 28

Top contributors:

  • #33 Hunter Phillips, Jr. (15.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
  • #1 Noah McCord, Jr. (10.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg)
  • #11 Parker Nelson, Sr. (8.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)
  • #13 Willy Jensen, So. (7.0 ppg, 1.3 apg)
  • #4 Noah Madsen, Jr. (6.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 63.3 ppg (11th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 58.1 ppg (8th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2019 postseason: Lost to Davis 62-61 in 6A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Davis in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Westlake lost to Davis by one point in the first round last year, but in this year’s quarterfinals it will be difficult to keep it that close again. Davis is a dominant offensive and defensive team, while Westlake is relatively young with one key contributing senior. The Thunder went 1-4 in its final five regular season games. An upset is certainly possible, but Westlake would need to play its best game of the season.


No. 10 West Jordan Jaguars (17-7)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Mason Sawyer (second year)

Region: First in Region 2 with a 10-0 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Fremont, Wednesday, 12:50 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: West Jordan 43, Kearns 41
  • Second round: West Jordan 51, Herriman 48

Best victory: 49-48 win at Jordan on Dec. 6

Top contributors:

  • #11 Logan Prince, So., F (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • #3 Gabe Evans, Sr., G (11.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
  • #15 Grady Gilbert, Jr., G (7.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 apg)
  • #32 Esafe Taufahema, Jr., C (6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
  • #10 Boston Farmer, So., G (4.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.5 apg)

Scoring offense: 56.9 ppg (19th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 52.6 ppg (2nd in 6A)

Last state championship: 2009 (5A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Kearns 51-42 in 6A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Fremont in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: West Jordan beat Kearns and Herriman in the first two rounds, but the schedule gets considerably tougher in the quarterfinals. Even though West Jordan will be an underdog in the quarterfinals, it proved to be one of the best defensive teams in 6A throughout the regular season and should keep it close. Will it be able to score enough is the question.


No. 11 Pleasant Grove Vikings (15-10)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Randy McAllister (18th year)

Region: Tied for second in Region 4 with a 6-4 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Layton, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Pleasant Grove 90, Clearfield 72
  • Second round: Pleasant Grove 73, Bingham 61

Best victory: 64-63 win at Skyridge on Jan. 21

Top contributors:

  • #24 Kael Mikkelsen, Sr., G (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.8 spg)
  • #22 Isaac Vaha, Jr., F (14.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg)
  • #15 Jordan Ross, Fr., G (7.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.5 apg)
  • #32 Jamari Egbert, Sr., G (7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 spg)
  • #4 Andrew Williams, Sr., G (6.3 ppg, 1.4 apg)

Scoring offense: 66.7 ppg (8th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 63.1 ppg (19th in 6A)

Last state championship: 1961 (Class B)

2019 postseason: Lost to American Fork 66-57 in 6A championship

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Layton in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Pleasant Grove has flown under the radar most of the season, understandably so given only one starter was back from last year’s 6A runner-up team. The only consistent thing for the Vikings this year has been that just about every game has been close. It’s been on the winning and losing end of many of those close games, but against Layton in the quarterfinals it will need to play one of its best games of the season to advance.


No. 12 Lone Peak Knights (13-10)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Robert Ross (second year)

Region: Tied for fourth in Region 4 with a 4-6 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Skyridge, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Lone Peak 80, Northridge 78
  • Second round: Lone Peak 87, Corner Canyon 73

Best victory: 80-77 win vs. Pleasant Grove on Jan. 21

Top contributors:

  • #10 Corbin Zentner, Sr., G (15.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg)
  • #24 Josh Jackson, Sr., F. (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.8 spg)
  • #3 Jared Jensen, Sr., G (10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg)
  • #40 Cameron Brimhall, Jr., C. (10.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
  • #2 Hunter Hannemann, Sr., G. (5.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

Scoring offense: 67.3 ppg (7th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 63.1 ppg (18th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2018 (6A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Fremont 64-53 in 6A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Skyridge in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Not much was expected of Lone Peak entering the state tournament after losing its final four regular season games. But, after escaping with an 80-78 win over Northridge in the first round — a team it beat by 32 in the preseason — and then beating Corner Canyon in the second round, suddenly the Knights seem like a formidable foe again. Lone Peak lost both games to Skyridge during region play, one by 3 and the other by 16. If it can find consistency in the third meeting an upset is certainly possible.