Posted On: 04/10/18 2:00 PM
This past season saw a number of duos post insane numbers en route to their team having success. The players below were some of the most dynamic groupings the state had to offer.
Steven Ashworth 6’1 PG 2018 Lone Peak and Chantry Ross 5’10 PG 2018 Lone Peak
Ashworth and Ross combined to average nearly 33 points and 8 assists per game on a team that averaged 75 points per game. Essentially, these two scored or assisted on at least 50 out of the teams 75 points this past season. Their strong play complemented each other and was essential to Lone Peak being one of the top teams in the nation as well as winning the state championship. Preparing for these two guards was an impossible task that few teams were able to accomplish.
Matt Van Komen 7’4 C 2019 Pleasant Grove and Casey Brown 6’2 PG/SG 2019 Pleasant Grove
Van Komen and Brown were the most effective guard and big man combination in the state this past season. Good guards can thrive without good big men. However, good big men cannot thrive without good guards. Thus, while Van Komen gets a lot of the credit, and deservedly so, he is not able to accomplish all that he does without the presence of Brown. Brown has a good feel for the game, is a good passer, and a good shooter. This group has a lot of talent returning and would need to view anything short of the 6A state championship as a failure due to the pieces they have returning.
Sinai Enoch 6’0 PG 2018 West Jordan and Darrian Nebeker 6’5 SF/PF 2018 West Jordan
Enoch and Nebeker’s strong play aided West Jordan in having a solid season and making teams concerned about having to play the Jaguars. While these two were not a true guard and big man combination, Nebeker’s versatility enabled them to put pressure on teams in an array of ways. Further, Enoch is a selfless guard who is capable of scoring and creating for others. This made the pairing work and be deadly. The graduation of these two will be a huge hit to West Jordan this upcoming season.
Rylan Jones 6’1 PG 2019 Olympus and Jeremy DowDell 6’3 SG 2019 Olympus
There isn’t a better guard duo or duo in general in the state than Jones and DowDell. While Jones’ passing abilities aid DowDell in his high shooting percentage, Jones doesn’t get assists without DowDell being a knockdown threat. Great passers might make their teammates better, but a good passer can’t force the ball to go into the hoop. Jones is the best point guard in the state, and he might have the best shooting guard in the state running next to him. These two compliment each other very well, and they should have the state on notice after winning 27 in a row and winning another state title with relatively no resistance.
Caleb Barton 6’0 PG/SG 2018 South Sevier and Brodee Tebbs 6’0 PG/SG 2018 South Sevier
Barton and Tebbs were one of the best 1-2 combos in the state for the past two seasons. Despite making the jump from 2A to 3A, these two were able to continue their strong numbers. In light of their strong play, they and Morgan were the favorites in the 3A ranks for the vast majority of the season. Much like Ross and Ashworth, these two contributed, through scoring or assists, nearly 50 out of the teams 68 points per game. South Sevier will have some huge shoes to fill this upcoming season.