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High school boys basketball: A closer look at this year's 2A 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 16 of 24 2A 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. 2A All-State Basketball Team

2A MVP

Cody John, Wasatch Academy, Jr., 6-3, Guard — 18.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 3.7 spg

2A First Team

Beau Rydalch, South Summit, Sr., 6-5, Guard — 22.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg

Justin Prisbrey, Enterprise, Sr., 6-3, Forward — 23.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg

Koby McEwen, Wasatch Academy, So., 6-3, Guard — 17.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.6 apg, 3.0 spg

Bailey Faimalo, Emery, Sr., 6-0, Guard — 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 8.9 apg, 3.6 spg

Geno Luzcando, Wasatch Academy, Sr., 6-3, Guard — 15.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 7.2 spg

Caleb Murphy, Parowan, Sr., 6-5, Forward — 12.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg

2 of 23. Cody John, Wasatch Academy

2A MVP

Junior, 6-3, Guard

2013-2014 statistics

18.9 point per game (4th in 2A)

4.6 rebounds per game

5.4 assists per game (3rd in 2A)

3.7 steals per game (2nd in 2A)

Season high

32 points vs. Dillard, Fla. on Jan. 18.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Great point guard with the ability to score by getting to the basket or with the pull-up jump shot. Very tough to guard when he shoots off the dribble. Tenacious defender with good quickness and great anticipation.”

Past all-state honors

2013 — MVP


3 of 23. Beau Rydalch, South Summit

2A First Team

Senior, 6-5, Forward

2013-2014 statistics

22.1 point per game (2nd in 2A)

8.4 rebounds per game (4th in 2A)

1.3 assists per game

1.4 steals per game

Season high

30 points vs. Summit Academy on Feb. 5.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Beau is a huge matchup problem for defenses. He can shoot over smaller guards and can post up against opposing big men. Very versatile and talented player. Very impressed with his rebounding and composure this year.”

Past all-state honors

2013 —Second Team

4 of 23. Justin Prisbrey, Enterprise

2A First Team

Senior, 6-3, Forward

2013-2014 statistics

23.7 point per game (1st in 2A)

9.5 rebounds per game (2nd in 2A)

4.0 assists per game (6th in 2A)

1.3 steals per game

Season high

35 points vs. Bonanza, Nev. on Dec. 14.

Opposing coach scouting report

“He has the size and athletic ability to play every position on the floor, making him a huge matchup problem for us. He can handle and pass the ball like a point guard, shoot the 3 as good as any shooting guard, and then run the floor and score in transition as good as any wing we played against. If you try to stop any of these, he beats you at the post and the free-throw line. He is a very fundamental kid and works extremely hard. He looks to get his teammates involved as he has those leadership qualities that have helped his team be successful. A real prototype of a high school basketball player, the kind every coach would love to have on his team.”

Past all-state honors

2013 —Second Team

5 of 23. Koby McEwen, Wasatch Academy

2A First Team

Sophomore, 6-3, Guard

2013-2014 statistics

17.3 point per game (10th in 2A)

6.9 rebounds per game (10th in 2A)

6.6 assists per game (2nd in 2A)

3.0 steals per game (4th in 2A)

Season high

29 points vs. San Juan on Jan. 11

Opposing coach scouting report

“I would say Koby McEwen is the most athletic player in 2A this year. He is a complete player and just a sophomore. The sky is the limit for this kid. It will be fun to see how far basketball will take him. As a coach, you just don't see players of his caliber at his age. I could find a place for him on my team.”

Past all-state honors

2013 —First Team