Posted On: 11/4/18 10:40 AM
As a junior, Lone Peak wing Jaxon Pollard didn’t get to play much, an ACL injury sidelined him for all but six games. This season, he’s back and better than ever.
It’s his athleticism that has improved the most. He’s been working with a trainer, and it’s made a big difference.
“I’ve added about four or five inches to my vertical, and I’ve gained about 15 pounds. I’m definitely, definitely 100 percent, or even better than I was before,” said Pollard.
He’s always been a good slasher, and it’s his shooting that the 6-foot-7 senior has been working most to improve. He was able to hone both skill-sets this spring and summer while playing with Exum Elite 17U on the adidas Gauntlet.
“I was really grateful to play with them, I believe it’s the best team in Utah. At first, I was playing limited minutes and it was a little bit different to get used to playing against that speed and athleticism again,” said Pollack.
“It’s always a blast playing against the best, and no matter who we were playing, we always gave out best effort.”
Now, his senior season at Lone Peak is set to begin. Pollard played in six games last year, all with a knee brace. This year, he’ll play a huge role in getting the Knights back to 5A supremacy.
“We got a really good team this year and I can’t wait to go out and beat up some teams, and hopefully get a repeat championship,” he said.
It’s Utah State, Southern Utah, McNeese State and Dixie State that round out Pollard’s offers list. He’s been talking to Dartmouth, Princeton and BYU.
“I’m probably going to end up waiting until the end of my senior year to decide where I’m going to go,” said Pollard.
“I’m ready to play this year and have fun. That’s my mentality, just to enjoy it, play my best and enjoy it with my team.”