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High school boys basketball: A closer look at this year's 5A All-Staters (24 items)

By , Deseret News

March 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the all-state teams are based on coaches' votes. This year 24 of 26 5A coaches submitted votes.

Note: For a more in-depth look at all classifications of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach, click here.

1 of 24. 5A Boys Basketball All-State Team

Mr. Basketball

TJ Haws, Lone Peak, Sr., 6-4, Guard — 25.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg

5A MVP

Matt Conway, Pleasant Grove, Sr., 6-6, Forward — 22.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg

5A First Team

Ryan Andrus, American Fork, Sr., 6-10, Center — 14.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg

Jesse Wade, Davis, Jr., 6-0, Guard — 17.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.4 spg

Abel Porter, Davis, Sr., 6-2, Guard — 14.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.8 spg

Frank Jackson, Lone Peak, So., 6-1, Guard — 17.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg

David Maynard, Herriman, Jr., 6-4, Guard — 23.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg

Tyler Rawson, American Fork, Sr., 6-9, Forward — 13.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg

2 of 24. TJ Haws, Lone Peak

Mr. Basketball

Senior, 6-4, Guard

Twitter: @teejlp11

2013-2014 statistics

25.2 point per game (1st in 5A)

3.5 rebounds per game

5.2 assists per game (2nd in 5A)

1.8 steals per game

Season high

42 points vs. Bingham on March 6 (5A quarterfinals)

Opposing coach scouting report

“TJ is proof that hard work pays off. I don't mean the normal hard work that most young people put in and think they are getting one-up on their opponents. I know for the last five years plus (probably way longer than that), TJ has paid the price six days a week, several hours a day, at an intensity level that most players never reach. It is no accident that he can do the things he does on a basketball court. Honestly, there isn't much he can't do. He is special.”

Past all-state honors

2013 — 5A MVP

2012 — 5A First Team

2011 — 5A Second Team

Player Note

Signed with BYU

3 of 24. Matt Conway, Pleasant Grove

5A MVP

Senior, 6-6, Forward

Twitter: @Slim_Conway

2013-2014 statistics

22.8 point per game (3rd in 5A)

8.9 rebounds per game (4th in 5A)

1.2 assists per game

Season high

38 points vs. Riverton on Jan. 17.

Opposing coach scouting report

“May have been the most underrated player going into the state tournament, but at the state tournament he was able to show what he is capable of. He may be undersized in the post but never outworked. He is crafty around the basket and is able to get to the free-throw line as good as any big I've coached against. He is a tireless rebounder and very good at getting catches in the paint.”


4 of 24. Ryan Andrus, American Fork

5A First Team

Senior, 6-10, Center

Twitter: @andrus_ryan

2013-2014 statistics

14.9 point per game

7.7 rebounds per game (7th in 5A)

1.7 assists per game

Season high

27 points vs. Herriman on Jan. 17.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Ryan Andrus was a game-planning nightmare for us. He's not 6-6, he's 6-11, which has its obvious defensive benefits, and he did make it very difficult for us to score in the paint. But, our biggest challenge was defending him. He's not just tall, but he is a physically strong player who possesses a solid collection of low-post moves. And then when you add in that he can also shoot the trailer 3 well and find open teammates, Ryan was one of the most challenging players we faced the past three years.”

Past all-state honors

2013 — 5A MVP

Player Note

Signed with BYU


5 of 24. Jesse Wade, Davis

5A First Team

Junior, 6-0, Guard

Twitter: @jessewade10

2013-2014 statistics

17.4 point per game (10th in 5A)

3.5 rebounds per game

3.1 assists per game

2.4 steals per game (4th in 5A)

Season high

28 points vs. Syracuse on Feb. 21.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jesse Wade is one of the toughest players in the state to guard for any defender. He has the unique ability to score in so many ways — whether it is coming off of a screen to a jump shot, driving to the paint and scoring at the rim, or using his middle game off of the dribble to create a scoring opportunity for himself. He has a super quick release with great range and a great feel for the game, which makes him just as dangerous finding open teammates for open shots. I was very impressed with his versatility and ability to make big plays at crunch time for the Darts in big games.”

Past all-state honors

2013 — 5A Third Team

Player Note

Verbally committed to Gonzaga