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Fremont, Timpview and Wasatch sit atop their respective classifications in the first KSL Coaches' Poll for high school basketball.
The Silverwolves return several key players from a team that reached the semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champion Alta. They will be shorthanded to begin the season as some players nurse football injuries. Tate Lewis will be out until at least Christmas with a foot injury and Aaron Van Woerkom will be out until January with a broken jaw suffered in the 5A championship game.
Fremont will visit 2nd ranked Brighton on Friday. The Bengals return 4-year starter Corbin Miller at shooting guard, who has verbally committed to play college basketball at Harvard.
Region 4 is loaded with talented teams this season. Lone Peak is ranked 3rd and return one of the most talented players in the state in sophomore Nick Emery. He was the 2nd leading scorer in 5A last season as a freshman and is already on the radar of all the in-state college programs.
Davis @ West Jordan
Bountiful @ ProvoWednesday December 1st
Alta vs. Timpview (@ Riverton HS) Thursday December 2nd
Desert Hills @ Juan Diego
Olympus @ DavisFriday December 3rd
Fremont @ Brighton
Wasatch @ Judge Memorial
Bountiful @ Bingham
Lehi @ Lone Peak
Murray @ Olympus
Provo @ Springville
The Knights arch-rival American Fork is ranked 4th and feature point guard Marcel Davis and wing Quincy Bair. Both juniors have already committed to play for Stew Morrill at Utah State.
Rounding out the 5A poll is West Jordan. The Jaguars return 3 starters including junior forward Jordan Loveridge who is one of the most highly recruited players in the state.
Bingham, Davis, Alta, West and Viewmont all received votes.
Timpview is the 4A-defending champion and will begin this season at No. 1. They return key players Christian Covey, Colby Jorgensen and Josh Warner.
Region 6 is loaded once again with talented teams and players. Bountiful comes in at No. 2 and also returns several players from a young team that won the region 6 title last season. McKay Lasalle is one of the top-returning scorers in 4A.
Highland will battle Bountiful for the region 6 title and begin the season ranked 3rd. Sam Orchard and Nate Fakahafua will lead a team that reached the semifinals last season.
No. 4 Woods Cross returns leading scorer Austin Bankowski while No. 5 Olympus must replace a talented senior class but look to have the players to do it.
Provo, Box Elder, Sky View, Payson, Springville, Lehi and Mountain Crest all received votes that shows how much parity there is in 4A.
Wasatch is the defending state champion in 3A and will begin the season ranked No. 1. The Wasps return leading scorer Mike Brown who has signed a letter of intent to play for Randy Rahe and the Weber State Wildcats next winter. McKay Murdock and Alex Probst are also returning starters.
Two region nine teams will look to challenge Wasatch for a state title. Desert Hills is ranked No. 2 and return leading scorers Tanner Atkin and Brandon Simister. The Hurricane Tigers are ranked No. 3 and will challenge the Thunder for the region title.
Park City is ranked No. 4 and will be led by Britton Buford and Brian and Jono Schettler. Morgan rounds at the poll at No. 5
Juan Diego, Judge, Cedar, Bear River and Ben Lomond all received votes.
The 2A and 1A polls will debut next week.