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A look at the top men's basketball players for BYU, Utah, USU and other Division 1 teams (23 items)

By , For the Deseret News

April 10, 2014

After a hard-fought and physical national championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut ended with the Huskies hoisting their fourth crown in 15 years, the college basketball season has come to an end. The Division I schools from Utah have long since ended their respective seasons, all with differing results. Four of the six schools made postseason play, with BYU and Weber State each losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament, while the University of Utah and Utah Valley each fell in road games in the first round of the NIT. As for the two remaining schools, Utah State struggled in its first season in the MWC and finished with an 18-14 record, while Southern Utah had a disastrous season, winning just two times in 29 chances.

Now that the season has wrapped up, it is time to look back at the players who had the best seasons from our six local schools, or in other words, the men's college basketball All-State teams.

1 of 23. Honorable mention

Kyle Davis, sophomore, Utah State

Mitch Bruneel, junior, Utah Valley

Brandon Taylor, sophomore, Utah

Jeremy Senglin, freshman, Weber State

2 of 23. Kyle Davis, sophomore, Utah State:

In his first season on the floor with the Aggies, Davis recorded seven double-doubles. His best game of the season came in a November win over Weber State when Davis made 8-of-9 shots to finish with 18 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. For the season, Davis averaged 9.1 points on 50.3 percent shooting from the floor, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots a game.

3 of 23. Mitch Bruneel, junior, Utah Valley:

Bruneel started every game for the Wolverines and was a key piece of the regular season WAC champions. His best game came in the conference tournament loss when Bruneel scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor. For the season, Bruneel averaged 10.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game. Bruneel earned WAC All-Defensive team efforts for his play.

4 of 23. Brandon Taylor, sophomore, Utah:

Taylor started every game for the resurgent Utes as one part of one of the best backcourts in the state. His best game of the season came in a January win over Oregon State when Taylor registered 23 points on 7-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc to go along with eight assists. For the season, Taylor averaged 10.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game.

5 of 23. Jeremy Senglin, freshman, Weber State:

Senglin started every game during his freshman year for the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament champions. His best game came in a December win over Saint Katherine when Senglin scored a career-high 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Senglin averaged 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists on the season. For his efforts, Senglin was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year.