With the success in recent years of the BYU men’s basketball team, it’s easy to forget that a lot of that can be attributed to talent from right here in Utah County. This season, a full half of the roster is local products.
Of course, the ones getting the most attention right now are former Lone Peak star Tyler Haws and Provo’s own Brandon Davies. Here’s a little something about them I’ve picked up just in the past few days.
Back in October, the four CBSSports.com college basketball writers, namely Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello, ranked the top 100 players in the country, according to their opinions.
Davies was on that list in the No. 65 spot, with the note that he would “need a monster year if he’s to get BYU its first WCC title.” Haws was nowhere to be found.
In a follow-up article published last week, the writers explained that they “based those rankings on the impact we thought players might have in the 2012-13 season -- the potential each player had for the next five months.”
As a result, they said, talent sometimes trumped production.
They went on to name the 50 players who, in their estimation, have stood out from the pack to this point in the year, with this explanation.
“This list -- also voted on by the four hoopheads -- is more about which 50 players had the most impact on the first two months of the season. If a player is a future lottery pick but struggled for the first half of the year, it's likely he won't be near the top of this list.”
Both local standouts made the cut this time, as follows.
37. Tyler Haws, 6-5, SG, SOPH., BYU: The new Jimmer out in Provo, Haws is averaging 21.1 points and shooting 41.9 percent from 3. Had 42 against Va. Tech this season.
44. Brandon Davies, 6-9, PF, SR., BYU: Overshadowed by more high-profile players in the WCC, Davies has been arguably the most consistent player in the league.
Wilcox making his mark at UW
Another local player, former Pleasant Grove stud CJ Wilcox, is the undisputed leader for the University of Washington basketball team, now 11-5 overall and 3-0 in PAC-12 play after a big road win over Stanford on Saturday in which Wilcox scored 27 points.
Earlier in the week, he garnered 19 points in a victory at California on Wednesday, and thus became the 37th player in UW history with 1,000 career points.
The junior wing is playing 35.2 minutes per appearance and averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He also has 12 steals and 22 blocks.
He’s shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from long range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He’s canned 42 treys already this season.
Timpview duo earns honors in All-American game
Thunderbird quarterback Jake Lloyd and wide receiver Dax Raymond were recently named to the MaxPreps All-American Football Team for medium schools (enrollments between 1,000 and 2,000 students).
They were named to the second team by position. This list has just two spots apiece for quarterbacks and wide receivers on each of the first and second teams. Here’s how they were cited.
WR – Dax Raymond, 6-5, 220, Timpview (Provo, Utah), Senior
Raymond helped lead Timpview to a state championship and earned Class 4A All-State honors while catching 74 passes for 1,458 yards and 23 touchdowns.
QB – Jake Lloyd, 6-2, 180, Timpview (Provo, Utah), Senior
Lloyd was named the Class 4A State Player of the Year after leading Timpview to a state championship. He threw for 3,894 yards and 53 touchdowns, tying the state record in that category.
Raymond and Lloyd played on Team Utah in the 2013 Tanoa Bowl, coached by the staff from Jordan High School.
The game was staged in Auburn, Wash. on Dec. 29, and the Utah squad defeated the home-state team. Lloyd was named the overall game MVP and Raymond was named the offensive MVP.
Speaking of the Thunderbirds, Timpview High School will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy for football this week as part of the eighth annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions.
Timpview finished No. 62 in the final rankings and is one of 50 schools being honored on this season's tour. The presentation will be made at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game on Tuesday.
Beky Beaton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @BeatonWrite.