Posted On: 01/10/19 7:00 AM

We may be in the middle of high school basketball season but it’s not too early to look ahead to what’s coming up on the AAU circuit. Over the next few months we will be taking a look at the teams that will be participating in the PrepHoops Circuit Hustle Region and here’s a look at Salt Lake Bounce out of Utah.

Salt Lake Bounce will have teams in the 17U, 16U, and 15U divisions of the Hustle Region and will look to build on their first run on the circuit last year.

Here’s a transcript of a conversation we had with Salt Lake Bounce owner and director Hector Marquez.

Why did you start your program? How long have you been around?

I had been working for a different program for a few years and I was able to learn a lot of from them. I decided that I wanted to create my own program for sometime now. I wanted to focus on academics. This will be our second year as a program and we have some great young men that have excellent character and are willing to what it takes to develop and get to the next level.

What is the goal of your program for 2019?

With being a new program we simply want to continue to give young players an alternate to the norm out there. We want to place our lone 2019 graduate in college as we know he can play at the next level. We want to turn a few more heads locally. We want to continue to build and grow as a program.

What is your program’s mission each year?

Each year we build on our previous mission.

At Salt Lake Bounce we pride ourselves in developing players to be great men on and off the court. We want to prepare these young men to have continual success as they grow and mature. We believe that education is the foundation to help you succeed on the court. We are Salt Lake Bounce.

Do you know of any players that will be back in your program this year? Who should we have our eye on?

We have retained all of our players and have added some more talent to our lower levels.

2020 6’3 SG Jake Howe of Woods Cross
2020 6’5 W Tyler Roberts of Woods Cross
2019 6’5 SF Kalthom Kur of Juan Diego Catholic
2019 6’2 SG Lawson Rowe of Juan Diego Catholic
2020 6’3 PG Cameron Millican of Taylorsville
2020 6’3 PG Chris Rich of Highland High School
2020 6’1 SG Nate Warr of Highland High School

All of our players are high academic players that will be looking to attend schools with high academic values.

Why did you choose the Prep Hoops Circuit?

We realize that AAU has changed and we understand the value of true exposure. We participated in 1 event last year and we learned so much as coaches and players all while playing in great venues and in an event that was well organized. We like that we have options that are close to us. We wish that there was an event in Utah but we will take the next best thing. We hope that this will lead our players to the right coaches and vise versa.