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2018 Post Register All-Area Boys Basketball Team

FIRST TEAM

* – Player of the Year finalist

Kalvin Bowen (Photo by John Roark/ cutout by Chloe O’Laughlin)

Kalvin Bowen 

Junior guard, Idaho Falls

THE PLAYER: A crafty ball-handler and solid playmaker, Bowen was the key cog to Idaho Falls’ late-season run. He scored 14-plus points in eight consecutive games to help give the Tigers the No. 2 seed in this year’s 4A District 5-6 tournament. He averaged 14 points per game and led his team in field goal percentage, assists, steals and offensive productivity.

ABOUT BOWEN: “Kind of reminds you of that old school player that can drive and is strong enough to attack the basket. Just the old-traditional 3-point plays. Again, more of a traditional, ‘I’ll get it to the glass’ kind of player.” — Idaho Falls coach Howard Hart

KEY STATS: 14.05 ppg, 54.3 percent FGs, 1.4 spg, 3.4 apg

 

Dillon Sorensen (Photo by John Roark/ cutout by Chloe O’Laughlin)

Dillon Sorensen

Senior wing, Bonneville *

THE PLAYER: Sorensen makes his second appearance on the Post Register’s All-Area first team. An all-around wing that could score from anywhere in the halfcourt, Sorensen kept Bonneville afloat with mid range jumpers, solid footwork and the ability to drive to the basket after pindown screens. While Bonneville (5-18) was mediocre this season, Sorensen was superb.

ABOUT SORENSEN: “He more than carried us. He was who we were. He was facing double and triple teams. He has a great feel for the game. He’s got 3-point range. He’s deadly from mid-range. He can come off screens and just has a great overall knowledge of the game. ” — Bonneville coach John Tucker

KEY STATS: 16.5 ppg, 50 percent FGs, 35 percent 3s, 81 percent FTs, 6.1 rpg

Garrett Hawkes

Garrett Hawkes (Photo by John Roark/ cutout by Chloe O’Laughlin)

Junior wing, North Fremont

THE PLAYER: Aside from a monster 40-point outing against Ririe in this year’s 2A District 6 championship, Hawkes’ athleticism, midrange game and superb ball handling at 6-foot-2 should hassle local 2A defenders for another year. Those same traits helped Hawkes lead the Huskies to their second state tournament ever in 2018. Was looked at by CSI.

ABOUT HAWKES: “We’ve always known Garrett is a special player. He’s just a superior athlete and he has a great mind. It doesn’t mean he’s a perfect player, but he’s one of the best players we’ve ever seen, especially at this level. We’re excited about his future and feel like it’s pretty unlimited for what he wants to do.” — North Fremont coach Bryan Miller

KEY STATS: 16.96 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 spg, 3.6 apg

Chandler Pincock 

Chandler Pincock (Photo by John Roark/ cutout by Chloe O’Laughlin)

Senior forward, Sugar-Salem

THE PLAYER: One of Sugar-Salem’s five seniors, Pincock was a major component of coach Shawn Freeman’s 10-man rotation. The Diggers’ leading scorer and one of the area’s best defenders on the wing, Pincock led Sugar-Salem to the 3A consolation championship upon making the game-winning floater. Complimented for his body control, Pincock averaged 20 points per game during the state tournament.

ABOUT PINCOCK: “Pincock was such a hustler. He was always the guy we tried to stop. He’s legit good. Such a hard worker and he just comes at you. He can shoot from the outside. He never shied away from the big moments. He wanted the ball.” — Shelley coach Wally Foster

KEY STATS: 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.8 apg, 48.9 percent 2-point FGs

Michael Ure (Photo by John Roark/ cutout by Chloe O’Laughlin)

Michael Ure 

Junior center, Ririe *

THE PLAYER: The staple of Ririe’s state runner up team in 2017-18, Ure dominated the key on both ends of the court. Inside scoring? Check. 3-point shooting? Check. Rebounding? Check. Rim protector? Check. In the 2A state tournament, he scored Ririe’s game-winning basket against Aberdeen before scoring 26 points in the state title game. Ure did it all this winter — as a junior.

ABOUT URE: “Michael is extremely fundamental. He plays basketball for four months and then practices for eight months. He’s a student of the game. He has excellent basketball IQ. He took more of a leadership role with this year’s seniors.” — Ririe coach Eric Torgerson

KEY STATS: 19.46 points per game, 56 percent FGs, 37.8 percent 3s, 3.2 bpg, 10.1 rpg, 1.3 spg.

SECOND TEAM

Cruz Taylor, sophomore guard, Skyline: The “energizer bunny” of Skyline, Taylor gassed 4A opponents with agility, dexterity and a solid first step when driving towards the basket. Finished with 90 assists. Flirted with a triple-double statline against Pocatello on Jan. 13, the same day a funeral service was held for his cousin, Camden.

Brigham Williams, senior guard, Madison: Swagger is what Williams brought to a Madison team that clinched a state tournament berth with only three seniors. That, and solid defense and clutch 3-point shooting. Williams played a vital role in the Bobcats’ motion offense, earning respect across District 6 for his shooting ability. Averaged 13 points, two steals and four rebounds a game while mostly guarding the other team’s best player.

Jack Thompson, senior wing, Shelley: With plenty of length, Thompson was a part of a Shelley three-pronged attack alongside Mason Price and Kimbal Smith. It was Thompson, though, who scored 26 points during Shelley’s close loss to Snake River in this year’s 3A third-place game and provided the most consistent output for the Russets.

Jaxon Weatherly, senior forward, Hillcrest: Weatherly helped Hillcrest with light touches around the rim and consistent rebounding in 2018. Weatherly, who averaged 11.5 points per game on 53 percent shooting, led the Knights with 6 rebounds per game. He’s signed to play baseball at Salt Lake Community College.

Clancy Thomas, senior forward, Snake River: A huge reason for Snake River’s 22-3 season, Thomas averaged 17.9 points per game and led the Panthers to a third-place finish in the 3A state tournament. The impressive senior forward also averaged 2.2 blocks per game and 1.5 steals per game.

Honorable mention

Spencer Hathaway, jr. F, Madison; Reece Yancey, sr. G, South Fremont; Trevor Miller, sr. W, Blackfoot; Jo Bates, jr. F, Skyline; Tanoa Togiai, so. F, Rigby; Jace Johnson, sr. G, Ririe; Mason Price, sr. F, Shelley; Joe Dougherty, sr. F, Madison; Dan Shirley, sr. W, Sugar-Salem; Grayson Nelson, jr. F, Firth; Trey Johnson, sr. F, Hillcrest; Landon Bowman, sr. wing, Watersprings

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