4A All-Tournament Team


Posted On: 03/15/18 1:51 PM

Salem Hills entered the state tournament with the top scoring threat in 4A and arguably the state. While their path to the 4A state championship seemed like a long shot, they were able to ride the strong play of the best scorer in this classification.

James Nelson and Salem Hills surprised the state as they took down Juan Diego, who many had penciled in to win the state title after their defeat of Orem. However, Nelson saved his best for last and Salem Hills took home the coveted prize.

4A All-Tournament Team: MVP

James Nelson 6’5 SF/PF 2018 Salem Hills

For the past two seasons, Nelson has done anything and everything to assist Salem Hills in winning games. He continued that throughout the state tournament and found a way to get the job done when it mattered the most. His ability to score the basketball from multiple spots on the court made him versatile and extremely tough to defend. His solid play was the key factor in Salem Hills bringing home the state title.

4A All-Tournament Team: 1st Team

Jason Ricketts 6’6 SF/PF 2018 Juan Diego

Ricketts was a man among boys throughout this season. His strength and quickness mixed with his length and skill set made him arguably the most versatile player in any classification. Ricketts was vital to Juan Diego making it to the state championship. However, his solid play could not get them over the hump as they have lost the title game two years in a row.

Matt Kitzman 6’2 PG 2018 Juan Diego

While Ricketts is an extremely special prospect, Kitzman brought a lot to the table that enabled Juan Diego to make to their second straight state championship. His ability to get his teammates involved in spots where they can be successful made him a difference maker. Even in games where he did not shoot the basketball extremely well, he found ways to create for himself and others.

Mason Falslev 6’3 PG/SG 2020 Sky View

Falslev is one of the most exciting prospects in the state. He can score the basketball in an array of ways and looks like he still has room to improve. His stellar play in the state tournament will most likely not be a one time thing. Look for him on this list once again next season.

Ross Reeves 6’3 SG 2018 Orem

While Orem’s season ended before many thought it would, it was in the match-up that I thought would happen in the championship: Orem vs. Juan Diego. Reeves played well throughout the tournament and scored the basketball consistently. He did all that he could to put Orem in position to win a championship. However, he stellar efforts fell short.

Ike Richard 6’4 PF 2019 Orem

Richard provided a solid presence on the glass and another scoring threat for Orem. While he is undersized, he played extremely hard and did a lot of the little things. Although Reeves graduating will be tough on this team, the returning of Richard and Nacua should give this group confidence heading into next season.

4A All-Tournament Team: 2nd Team

Raimoana Tinirauarii 6’4 SG 2018 Juan Diego

Tyson Bishop 6’6 PF 2018 Salem Hills

David Jones 6’2 PG/SG 2019 Salem Hills

Tanner Cuff 6’6 SF/PF 2019 Dixie

Puka Nacua 6’2 PG 2019 Orem

4A All-Tournament Team: Honorable Mention

Reagan Marshall 6’5 SF/PF 2018 Hurricane

Jackson Last 6’3 PG/SG 2018 Hurricane

Anthony McDade 5’8 PG 2019 Logan

Jared Bagley 6’1 PG/SG 2018 Logan

Carson Bottema 6’4 SG 2018 Dixie

Hagen Wright 6’5 PF 2018 Payson

Tucker Peterson 6’3 SG 2018 Desert Hills