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Posted On: 06/28/18 12:16 AM
6A will be solid once again with Region 4 leading the way once again. Lone Peak, American Fork, and Pleasant Grove are the top teams in the state with Fremont and Davis sitting there awaiting their chance to take on the proverbial “Goliaths”. Below are our Way Too Early Rankings for 6A.
Lone Peak lost the majority of their top prospects from last year’s state championship. However, Josh Jackson and Jaxon Pollard will combine to be one of the top duos in the state. Their biggest competition to repeat and win the state championship will be their region foes American Fork and Pleasant Grove. Unlock most programs, Lone Peak does not rebuild. Rather, they reload. With Jackson and Pollard leading the way, this team will be more than ready to compete for a region and state title.
This was a really tough decision to put American Fork behind Lone Peak as they might have the most talent out of any team in 6A. Isaac Johnson is the top prospect in the class of 2019, and they bring in a key transfer in Tanner Cuff. They will arguably have the most depth and shooting at the 4 spot out of any team in the state. In addition to Cuff and Johnson, American Fork has Trey Stewart who is one of the top guards in the state. It would be far from an upset to see American Fork overtake Lone Peak for the state title.
Pleasant Grove has talent and they play well together. This group does a lot of the little things necessary to winning. Further, they have top tier rim protection in Matt Van Komen. With Komen improving his footwork and ability to finish around the rim, Pleasant Grove is blessed to have the most dominant post player in the state. In addition to Komen, Casey Brown returns as the teams 2nd leading scorer and their primary facilitator. Brown will also be joined by Kael Mikkelsen, Tyler Fairbanks, and Kawika Akina. These five prospects led Pleasant Grove in scoring; thus giving them the most returning depth and scoring out of any 6A team.
All that needs to be said is Dallin Hall. Hall is one of the top playmakers in the state despite his depth. Further, he is absolutely fearless. Fremont shocked most people in the state by winning a stacked region. With Hall back, they should have their sights set higher. In addition to Hall, Baylor Harrop provides another youthful scoring presence. This backcourt is without a doubt one of the top in the state regardless of classification. As these two continue to progress, it is not far fetched to think that Fremont could sit atop this list and be the favorite to win the state title.
Tyson Garff and Brendon Redford will officially get their chance to run the show. Garff has provided Davis with one of the top shooters in the state the past couple of seasons while Redford brings toughness and versatility. With these two leading the way and the youthful prospects of Davis stepping up, this group will surprise a lot of teams. They are more than capable of competing in their region and making it a little ways in the state tournament.