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High school boys basketball: A closer look at this year's 3A All-Staters (23 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 18 of 22 3A 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 23. 3A First Team


Garren Miles, Morgan, Sr., 6-3, Guard — 15.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.8 spg

3A First Team

Kordan Nielson, Cedar, Sr., 6-0, Guard — 18.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg

Daniel Reno, Payson, Sr., 6-4, Guard — 19.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg

Dustin Staggs, Cedar, Sr., 6-8, Center — 14.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg

Matt Murdock, Morgan, Sr., 6-1, Guard — 7.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3.2 spg

Nate Gottfredson, Snow Canyon, Sr., 6-7, Center — 14.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 apg

Gabe Colosimo, Juan Diego, Jr., 6-1, Guard — 20.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.6 spg

2 of 23. Garren Miles, Morgan


Senior, 6-3, Guard

2013-2014 statistics

15.7 point per game (8th in 3A)

2.6 rebounds per game

2.1 assists per game

1.8 steals per game

Season high

31 points vs. Hunter on Dec. 28.

Opposing coach scouting report

“He was one of the best shooters in 3A this year. Not only could he makes 3s, but his mid-range game was deadly. Combine his shooting ability with his tendency to guard the opposing team's best player made him one of the best all-around players we faced.”

Player Note

Cousin of last year’s 3A MVP for Morgan, Jake Miles

3 of 23. Kordan Nielson, Cedar

3A First Team

Senior, 6-0, Guard

Twitter: @shortyN_10

2013-2014 statistics

18.6 point per game (5th in 3A)

3.7 rebounds per game

2.6 assists per game

1.4 steals per game

Season high

34 points vs. Pine View on Feb. 7

Opposing coach scouting report

“Kordie was the caption of Cedar's ship. He is very intelligent and can score in multiple ways. His best asset is handling the ball in tight games and making the right decisions. He is one of the best to finish free throws down the stretch of games.”

4 of 23. Daniel Reno, Payson

3A First Team

Senior, 6-4, Guard

Twitter: @danielkreno

2013-2014 statistics

19.2 point per game (4th in 3A)

4.5 rebounds per game

1.6 assists per game

1.6 steals per game

Season high

29 points vs. Viewmont on Dec. 21

Opposing coach scouting report

“He is a tough matchup. He has deep range that makes you come out and guard him and the athleticism to beat you off the bounce and he finished really well around the basket. Being able to get to the rim with his size and toughness, he gets to the free-throw line and he is a good shooter. He is a very unselfish player and looks to make his teammates better.”

Past all-state honors

2013 — Third team

5 of 23. Dustin Staggs, Cedar

3A First Team

Senior, 6-8, Forward

Twitter: @DStaggs33

2013-2014 statistics

14.4 point per game

9.6 rebounds per game (4th in 3A)

Season high

25 points vs. Desert Hills on Jan. 29

Opposing coach scouting report

“Dustin Staggs is one of those players that can take his team to the next level because he can rebound, play shutdown post defense, run the floor and score. He is tough to stop when he gets his jump hook and junction jump shot going. He definitely can change the game when he is in rhythm."

Past all-state honors

2013 — Second team