High School Basketball Players Togiai, Lindsey, Blackmon, Court, Harwell, Holker, and Colosimo Sign on National Signing Day

SALT LAKE CITY (November 12, 2014) – Utah Basketball Club, Utah’s leading travel basketball program since 2003, announced today that seven high school basketball seniors signed their respective National Letters of Intent to play college basketball in a ceremony held at Energy Solutions Arena.

Players and their college basketball destinations include Noah Togiai (Hunter, Oregon State University), Jake Lindsey (Olympus, Baylor), Jarriesse Blackmon (Layton, UC-Santa Barbary), Riley Court (Pleasant Grove, Weber State), Malek Harwell (Century, ID, Boise State), Brayden Holker (Westlake, Southern Utah), and Gabe Colosimo (Juan Diego, Seattle Pacific).

“To see these guys grow and develop as a team is a humbling experience as a coach”, said Todd Phillips, head men’s coach at Salt Lake Community College and 17U head coach for Utah Basketball Club. “They’ve worked very hard to get to this point; but it’s important they understand the hard work is just beginning.”

These players were part of an amazing spring and summer run that concluded with a 27-6 overall record. The team ended the season ranked #16 in the country and #2 in the west. In the final tournament of the season, at the Las Vegas Classic, the team made it all the way to the Final 4 where they fell short against Jabari Parker’s Mac Irvin Fire in a tightly contested game with more than 75 college coaches watching.

Other members of the 2014 Utah Basketball Club 17U team were Cody John (Wasatch Academy), Matt Conway (signed at Utah Valley University), and Alec Monson (signed at Portland). Cody John, a crafty 6’2 combo guard, spent most of the spring and summer season recovering from an injury. During July, his play quickly came up to speed as he managed to receive inquiries from schools all over including Maryland and several local Utah schools including Utah State. John is widely regarded as a Division 1 prospect.

More information on players can be found online at www.utahbasketballclub.org.

About Utah Basketball Club Utah Basketball Club (UBC) is the leading travel basketball program in Utah. Established in 2003, UBC teams consistently compete at the highest levels in national tournaments, where the best teams and players meet to compete. More than 95 UBC players have received full grant-in-aid scholarships to play college basketball. Alumni include Brandon Davies (BYU, Philadelphia 76’ers), Jordan Loveridge (University of Utah), and Jalen Moore (Utah State), among many others. UBC teams start at 3rd grade and are primarily focused on skill development and team concepts driven by college and high school level coaches. For more information, visit www.utahbasketballclub.org.

2014 **Tryouts** Fall/Winter Competitive Team Tryouts Schedule Set for Boys 3rd Grade - 8th Grade

Utah Basketball Club (UBC) is hosting tryouts for its competitive fall/winter youth teams ages 3rd grade to 8th grade. UBC teams are for players serious about basketball. Teams are coached by some of Utah’s top youth coaches. 

Tryout Schedule by Grade

  • Boys 3rd Grade: Tuesday, September 2 from 5pm - 6:45pm at SLCC Redwood Campus
  • Boys 4th Grade: Tuesday, September 2 from 7:15pm - 9pm at SLCC Redwood Campus
  • Boys 5th Grade: Thursday, September 4 from 5pm - 6:45pm at SLCC Redwood Campus
  • Boys 6th Grade: Wednesday, September 3 from 5pm - 6:45pm at Westminster College Payne Gym 
  • Boys 7th Grade: Wednesday, September 3 from 7:15pm - 9pm at Westminster College Payne Gym
  • Boys 8th Grade: Thursday, September 4 from 7:15pm - 9pm at SLCC Redwood Campus

Click here to go to the tryouts page

There is a $10 per player fee to tryout - fee helps cover gym and administration expenses.

17U Elite Wins Big in the Spring

UBC’s 17U Elite squad continued their winning ways in the spring, earning a #1 ranking overall among all travel basketball teams in the west by Indivisible Hoops. Despite being hit with the injury bug, the team managed to pull together and keep winning.

“Losing high major recruiting target Malek Harwell (Century, ID) for the spring due to injury was a tough loss to overcome,” commented Todd Phillips, 17U head coach. “We count on Malek to score 20+ points a game, but others on the team were forced to step up, and we found alternative ways to score.”

In addition to not having Harwell, 17U Elite lost 6’0 PG Gabe Colosimo (Juan Diego) as well as combo guard 6’3 Cody John (Wasatch Academy) to injuries that kept them out during spring play.

In the face of key personnel losses, others stepped up and carried the load. 6’4 CG Riley Court (Pleasant Grove) and 6’5 G Jake Lindsey (Olympus) took over ball handling responsibilities and the front line, made up of 6’5 Noah Togiai (Hunter), 6’6 Jarriesse Blackmon (Layton), and 6’8 Brayden Holker (Westlake) emerged as a formidable group for Coach Phillips.

Leading into July, 17U Elite will compete in Los Angeles for the first two NCAA evaluation periods and then in Las Vegas for the final NCAA evaluation period. For information on 17U Elite, contact coach Phillips at info@utahbasketballclub.org.

16U Elite Team Travels to Nike Sweet 16 Qualifier Events

UBC’s 16U Elite team has the privilege of competing in two Nike Sweet 16 Qualifier events this past month (May 9-11, 2014 and May 26-28, 2014). The events were held in Dallas and in Minneapolis, respectively. 16U Elite held their own against some of the top 16U teams in the country. The events marked the first time Utah Basketball Club’s teams have competed in such events, which came by way of a special invitation from Nike.

16U Elite head coach Michael O’Connor said, “the two nike tournaments in May gave us a very good idea of the level of play we’ll be facing in years to come. Our players rose to the occasion and showed well. The tournaments gave us a chance to prepare for a busy July, when games count the most.”

16U Elite will compete in Los Angeles the first NCAA evaluation period in July and then round out the month in Las Vegas for the final two NCAA evaluation periods. For more information on UBC’s 16U Elite team, please contact Coach O’Connor at moconnor@utahbasketballclub.org.

2014 Utah Basketball Club 16U & 15U Travel Team Tryout Schedule

Utah Basketball Club will host tryout sessions for 16U (current sophomores) & 15U (current 9th graders) travel basketball teams. All tryouts are at Juan Diego High School.

Juan Diego High School
300 E 11800 S
Draper, UT 84020

16U (current 10th graders): March 12th 7 to 9
15U (current 9th graders): March 11th 7 to 9 

Call back tryout sessions for 15U and 16U are for those players that make the first cut.

$10 per player to tryout – fee helps cover gym expenses

Please RSVP Today at utahbasketballclub2014@gmail.com.

Utah Basketball Club Elite Youth Team Tryout Schedule


Utah Basketball Club Elite Team Tryouts Boys 3rd Grade – 8th Grade

Elite Team Tryouts are for Players Serious About Basketball

  • No parent coaching
  • Learn, practice, and perform advanced team concepts
  • Provide athletes a platform to perform and showcase their talents in high-level competition
  • Advanced skill development
  • Travel to tournaments all over the country

Tryout Schedule

All tryouts held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Summit Academy High School.

Summit Academy High School 14942 South 560 West Bluffdale, Utah 84065

  • 8th Grade: February 18, 2014
  • 7th Grade: February 21, 2014
  • Cancelled - 6th Grade: February 19, 2014 - Cancelled due to Wednesday night league play
  • Updated: Current 6th & 5th Graders: February 25, 2014
  • 3rd & 4th Grade: February 20, 2014

$10 per player to tryout – fee helps cover gym expenses

RSVP Today at utahbasketballclub2014@gmail.com

Utah Pump-N-Run is Now Utah Basketball Club, Sponsored by Nike

We’re pleased to announce that Utah Pump-N-Run is now Utah Basketball Club and one of only a few club basketball teams in the west sponsored by Nike. The new club team, which also includes Thurl Bailey’s X-Factor, will feature two teams at each age group.

Utah Basketball Club will play throughout the country at select tournaments. Youth team tryouts are in February and high school age tryouts are in March.

Utah Basketball Club has an emphasis in individual skill development and team success and has many of Utah’s top youth basketball coaches involved.

We’re very excited to be working with Nike to bring better opportunities for Utah’s basketball players to improve their game and showcase their talents. Get ready for a great season!

For more information, email info@utahpumpnrun.org.

Utah Basketball - Utes receive key instate commit

Larry Krystkowiak's run of getting instate commits continued on Saturday night.

Hunter guard Noah Togiai - one of the Utes key targets in the Class of 2015 - pledged to Utah one day after the Utes defeated UC-Davis 94-60 at the Huntsman Center.

Togiai was one of two instate players - Makol Mawien is the other - to hold a scholarship offer for 2015. Togiai is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who is also one of the best football players in the state. When reached by the Tribune on Saturday night, Togiai said he was a Utah lean for quite some time.

"Ever since I got the offer, I knew Utah was where I wanted to go," Togiai said. "But my mom said no. She wanted me to take my time and look at some other schools. But Utah was where I wanted to go. We all sat down and talked about it and my parents gave me the go ahead."

Togiai becomes Utah's first 2015 commit. More importantly, with every local commit, the Utes are becoming more and more of a player in Utah recruiting - something that couldn't be said under Jim Boylen.

Togiai also had an official offer from Hawaii. He had interest from Utah State and San Francisco as well. He plays his AAU basketball with Utah Pump N' Run.

"This was the offer I wanted," Togiai said. "When I got it, it was the best feeling I ever had. Even if it was the last offer I got, I was still going to go to Utah."

Post was originally published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Nov 16 2013 09:01PM

SLCC Boys High School Senior Basketball Showcase Camp

Salt Lake Community College will be hosting its second annual boys basketball showcase camp on Friday, October 18. The camp is in conjunction with the SLCC Junior College Jamboree held the next day. The one day camp gives high school players a chance to be seen by scouting services in town for the Jamboree as well as many of the top college coaches from NAIA, and Junior College schools.

• Each player will play in two games Friday afternoon starting at 4:30pm
• Personal information will be given to college coaches
• Instructional recruiting seminar by SLCC and SWAC Coach of the Year Todd Phillips
• Cost is $65 dollars

Held at Salt Lake Community College Lifetime Activity Center 4600 S. Redwood Rd. Taylorsville, UT 84123 

To register or for questions Contact Coach Andrew May and Coach Silas Mills

Utah Pump-N-Run 17U Wins Double Pump Summer Tipoff Championship

During the first NCAA evaluation period in July, Utah Pump-N-Run’s 17U Red Elite team went 8-0 to win the highest division at the Double Pump Summer Tipoff Tournament in Anaheim, CA this past weekend. Led by the hot shooting of guards 6’1 Jake Miles, 6’3 Jake Connor, and 6’0 Diego Valenzuela, the team played a traditional brand of inside/outside basketball coupled with strong team defense to wrack up the wins.

In the championship game vs. OC Pride, UPNR 17U found success with a balanced team attack. 6’3 Geno Luzcando and 6’3 Jake Lindsey controlled the game ending with 10pts, 4rebs, and 5asts and 19pts, 6rebs, and 5asts respectively. Others contributed as well including 6’9 Tyler Rawson with 9pts,10rebs, and 2blks.

Luzcando is currently receiving high interest from Boston College among other schools.

Several college coaches were inquiring about junior-to-be Jake Lindsey. Lindsey has been a wonderful addition to the 17U team this summer after suffering an injury during the spring travel circuit. A levelheaded player with high skill level, he filled up the stat sheet in multiple games during the tournament. In one game he about logged a triple double with 10pts, 10rebs, and 8asts.

Commented 17U Coach Todd Phillips, “This team has found a way to stick together and pull out wins. They don’t care who scores the most, they just want to win. A different player steps up every game. I’ve been very impressed with their unselfish play, a team trait that must continue for us to find success.”

Coach Phillips has been utilizing various “small-ball” lineups with the 17U group throughout the season. Thanks to the versatility of players like 6’5 Alec Monson, a highly skilled player that can shoot from deep range but also score inside, the team has so far been able to score efficiently against tough defenses.

Players 6’9 Jordan Jones and 6’5 Jordan Darger have stepped in and played well for stretches to help 17U log wins.

6’9 Tyler Rawson came up clutch for Utah Pump-N-Run throughout the tournament, but especially on championship Sunday. In the semi final game, Rawson scored four key points and grabbed three rebounds in the final two minutes of the game to help the team pull out a win against Superior Athletes, an ultra athletic, well coached team that beat UPNR 17U earlier this season. Superior Athletes features multiple Division 1 talents, including one of the top players on the west coast, shooting guard Jeremy Hemsley, who has already received offers from multiple schools including Arizona State and Colorado. The team also features Ron Freeman, who has received a scholarship offer from Utah State, among others. The team knocked off top ranked Double Pump Elite earlier in the tournament.

Earlier on in tournament play, 17U knocked off a very talented Danny Granger Elite (NM) behind eight three pointers by Jake Miles.

17U will have their hands full in this week’s Best of Summer tournament in Los Angeles. Their pool consists of Branch West Elite and star recruit Eric Cooper Jr. from Long Beach as well as the always-tough LakeShow.

Team Roster

  • Geno Luzcando – 6’3 PG 2014 (Wasatch Academy)
  • Jake Connor – 6’3 SG 2014 (Highland)
  • Alex Monson – 6’5 F 2014 (Olympus)
  • Jake Miles – 6’1 SG 2013 (Morgan)
  • Jordan Darger – 6’5 F 2013 (Orem)
  • Diego Valenzuela – 6’2 G 2013 (Chile)
  • Jordan Jones – 6’9 C 2013 (Weber)
  • Jake Lindsey – 6’3 G 2015 (Olympus)
  • Tyler Rawson – 6’9 F 2014 (American Fork)


    For a detailed list of results, visit www.utahpumpnrun.org/schedule.

    UPNR 16U Update
    Utah Pump-N-Run 16U Red, ranked #11 in the country, advanced all the way to the Final 4 before losing to the eventual champs, Oakland Rebels. The team once again was led by very consistent performances from multiple players. 6’4 Malek Harwell, who is receiving strong interest from more than 10 schools, logged multiple games of more than 15 points. After several fantastic games, 6’5 Noah Togiai, and 6’6 Jarriesse Blackmon are now both receiving interest from most schools in Utah. Blackmon turned heads of multiple scouting services during the tournament because of his ability to defend key opponents. One game, Blackmon logged 7 deflections and 4 blocks.

    6’3 Riley Court is a heady, versatile guard that so far has flown under the radar. He has interest from Utah State and BYU and others are sure to follow. 6’7 Brayden Holker, 6’6 Nathan Dow, 6’0 Gabe Colosimo, and 6’0 G Nathan Klekas contributed to wins along the way and have been playing very solid basketball.

Brandon Davies Preparing for NBA Draft

Name: Brandon Davies
Height: 6’10”
Graduation Year: 2009
High School: Provo
College: Brigham Young University

Brandon Davies, the 6 foot 10 inch Utah Pump-N-Run alum, has concluded his career as a forward for Brigham Young University (BYU) with major buzz, and talk of a bright future in professional basketball. After earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, many experts project Brandon as a late second-round pick when the NBA draft takes place June 27th.

Brandon attended the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago in May and he was recently one of 12 NBA prospects selected to do pre-draft workouts for the Utah Jazz. Brandon’s greatest asset is his versatility. His leaping ability makes him a threat as a rebounder and shot blocker, and gives him the ability to play above the rim. He also has speed not often seen in bigger players. With tremendous physical talent on his side, Brandon’s character also shines through. Tim LaComb, BYU Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, says “Brandon is not only talented, he is a really good guy. He has great things in store for himself.”

Brandon’s time at Utah Pump-N-Run and BYU helped him build a foundation that will serve him well in his career. Coach LaComb notes, “Brandon has learned when and where to use his moves. With a lot of hard work and determination, Brandon has grown bigger and stronger, and he has gained an understanding of the game that will help him have staying power throughout his basketball career.”

We are proud to have Brandon as a member of the Utah Pump-N-Run family and we look forward to watching him as he enters the world of professional basketball.

To see Brandon’s profile page and a video interview, visit: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Brandon-Davies-6522/

To view Brandon’s player rankings, visit: http://www.draftexpress.com/article/NBA-Combine-Athletic-Testing-Analysis-4195

16U Finish Spring Season with Elite 8 Run in Chicago

The Utah Pump N Run class of 2015 advanced to the Elite 8 out of 90 teams in their final tournament of the Spring, the Chicago Best Buy Classic. The #19 Nationally Ranked AAU team according to Five Star Basketball went 4-1 over the weekend while turning heads of several talent scouts in the process.

After wins over strong clubs such as Illinois Select, Wisconsin Playmakers, Indiana Elite Club South and Devin Harris DTA All-Stars, the Utah PnR 16U fell short in a tough game against the Michigan Mustangs.

During the weekend several Utah PnR players impressed scouts: Malek Harwell, Noah Togiai, Jarriesse Blackmon and Nathan Dow all garnered interest from scouting services based on their performance. Harwell led the team in scoring with a 30-point performance in a win of Devin Harris DTA All-Stars. Blackmon eclipsed 20 points in 3 of the 5 games while leading the team in rebounding. Togiai scored in double figures every game while Nathan Dow had a breakout 21-point game against the Wisconsin Playmakers.

Gabe Colosimo led the team in assists and steals while Brayden Holker played solid all weekend. Just as impressive, Brandon Warr, Tyler Lawrence, Izzy Ballstaedt and Sam Kingdon all contributed off the bench in several key moments. Each made critical plays in different games as they filled in nicely for regular 16U RED players Riley Court, Nathan Klekas, and Jake Lindsey.

Throughout the entire spring, the 2015 Utah PnR class finished with an 18-3 record, with one of their losses coming at the Northwest Premier Tournament in Boise in the 17U top division against Utah Pump-N-Run 17U RED Elite. Furthermore, the championship at the Double Pump Spring Classic headlined great performances in all tournaments including two quarterfinal and one semifinal appearances.

Up next, the 16U will compete in the Double Pump Tip Off and Best of Summer events before finishing the 2013 summer at the Adidas Super 64.

Former Utah Pump-N-Run Players Continue Their Basketball Career's in College

Multiple former Utah Pump-N-Run players have decided to continue their college basketball career’s. Congratulations to Skyler Halford, Casey Oliverson, Lew Evans, Quincy Bair, Chris Melville, and Austin Hudson.

Skyler Halford
We are thrilled and proud to announce that Skyler Halford, an alumnus of Utah Pump-N-Run, has signed to play Division 1 basketball with the Cougars at Brigham Young University (BYU)! Halford finished his sophomore season at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) where he averaged 17.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and was selected first-team NJCAA All-American. Cougar Head Coach Dave Rose says, “[Halford] is coming off a superior sophomore season. …We are excited for the versatility he brings to our guard line.” Congratulations, Skyler! Enjoy BYU!

Casey Oliverson
We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that Casey Oliverson, an alumnus of Utah Pump-N-Run, has signed to play Division 1 basketball with the Thunderbirds at Southern Utah University! Oliverson played his freshman year at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), where he averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, helping bring the SLCC Bruins to a #5 national ranking. Thunderbird Head Coach Nick Robinson says, “Casey adds needed depth, athleticism, and versatility to our front court.” Quite the compliment! Enjoy Southern Utah, Casey.

Lew Evans
We are pleased to announce that Lew Evans, an alumnus of Utah Pump-N-Run, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Tulsa (TU). Evans is currently a freshman at Casper College in Wyoming. He will have three years of eligibility at TU. He also spent one year at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire, where averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game. While on the 2010 Utah Pump-N-Run team, Evans helped knock off the #1 team in the country with the top ranked player at the time, current UCLA star Shabazz Mohammed. Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning said, “His skill set fits into what we want to do as a basketball team.” Congratulations, Lew! Enjoy your time at the Universiy of Tulsa!

Quincy Bair
We are pleased to announce that Utah Pump-N-Run alumnus, Quincy Bair, has committed to play for the Westminster Griffins. Before committing to Westminster, Bair played for Utah State. He was also a member of the 2011 Utah Pump-N-Run team that advanced all the way to the semi-finals at the Adidas Super 64 tournament, beating several nationally recognized teams along the way including Atlanta Celtics, Michigan Mustangs, and Team Florida. Bair will join good friend and former Utah Pump-N-Run teammate, Jordan Pryor at Westminster. Bair’s athleticism brings him high potential to become a future all conference player. Congratulations, Quincy! We look forward to seeing you compete at Westminster!

Chris Melville
We are thrilled to report that Utah Pump-N-Run alumnus, Chris Melville, has committed via email to play for the Westminster Griffins when he returns from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 7, 2013. Melville was a member of the 2010 Utah Pump-N-Run team making it to the semi-finals at the Best of Summer Tournament. Melville led his 2010 Utah Pump-N-Run team in scoring. With an athletic body and natural talent, Melville will instantly be one of the best athletes at the NAIA level. His athleticism and potential level of play can be compared to Westminster alumn Ben Walker. Congratulations on your commitment to Westminster, Chris! We are eager to follow your career upon your return.

Austin Hudson
We are pleased to announce that Utah Pump-N-Run alumnus, Austin Hudson, has committed to play for the Westminster Griffins. Hudson has played for both Central Arizona and Western Wyoming College. In the spring of 2010, Hudson played for Utah Pump-N-Run, then later on that same year, he played with Salt Lake Metro. At only 19 years old, Hudson’s youth and big size will make him a rebounding and defensive force in the Frontier conference. Congratulations, Austin! Enjoy your time at Westminster. We look forward to following you as you play for the Griffins!

Utah Pump-N-Run Alum Nicholas Paulos Rising to the Occasion at UNC-Greensboro

Nicholas Paulos
Height: 6’7.5”
Graduation Year: 2010
High School: Olympus
College: University of North Carolina Greensboro

Utah Pump-N-Run alum, and University of North Carolina (UNC) Greensboro sophomore, Nicholas Paulos, has already earned a spot in his team’s record books after sinking 10 3-pointers in a single game against rival Chattanooga. His performance not only topped Kevin Oleksiak’s 2005 record of nine 3-point shots in a single game, it won over rival fans at Chattanooga, with the entire arena erupting in cheers as each 3-point shot sunk.

Nicholas comes from a line of talented athletes: his father, Bill Paulos, was a member of the Westminster College basketball team, and his maternal grandfather, Delmar Schick, was a running back and centerfielder for the University of Utah. Nicholas’ athletic roots did not, however, automatically ensure his success in basketball. Nicholas has been fully dedicated to the game since early childhood, and has carved his path in basketball with a lot of hard work and determination. “Nicholas was never the best player growing up,” notes Bill Paulos. “He was little and skinny, but he persevered, kept battling and outworked everyone.”

“Nicholas grew into his body during his time with Utah Pump-N-Run,” said Todd Phillips, Nicholas’ Utah Pump-N-Run coach. “He found success against smaller wings throughout the spring/summer circuit season. He was always a very lean kid, but a fantastic shooter with unlimited range.” His three seasons competing alongside some of the state’s best athletes in the Utah Pump-N-Run program helped Nicholas develop his skills and prepare to compete in D1 college basketball. His Utah Pump-N-Run RED Elite team was stacked with D1 talent, including Ben Clifford (Utah State), Kyle Collinsworth (BYU), and Neal Monson (University of Utah). Nicholas says, “My three years playing for Utah Pump-N-Run really expanded my game and exposed me to some of the toughest competition across the country.”

Receiving a scholarship to play for UNC Greensboro is the realization of a long-time dream for Nicholas. His years of hard work and determination have allowed him to excel at a high level and to move forward with his goal of playing competitive basketball. As he shifts into his junior year at UNC Greensboro, Nicholas is excited to step into his responsibilities as an upperclassman on the team. UNC Greensboro Coach Wes Miller also looks forward to watching his role on the team expand in his junior year. “Nicholas has had really good freshman and sophomore years, and his role on the team has steadily increased since he started on the team. Next year, we will lose two great players at Nicholas’ position, and we are really looking for him to become a staple in the program.”

With a goal to continue playing basketball beyond college, Nicholas has applied for dual citizenship in Greece to enable him to play professionally in Europe more easily. He has been invited to try out for the national team in Greece this summer and is looking forward to the experience.

Utah Pump-N-Run is proud to have Nicholas as an alum of the program, and wherever basketball takes him, Utah-Pump-N-Run will be watching and rooting for him along the way.

Check out video of Nicholas’ 3-point record game here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyHYH6dFlpI

Spring Basketball in Full Swing During First Two April NCAA Evaluation Periods

Utah Pump-N-Run basketball completed a successful April tournament schedule with six teams competing in the Los Angeles Hoopfest April 19-21 and Las Vegas Spring Classic April 26-28.

Utah Pump-N-Run 16U

So far this April, the talk of the town has been Utah Pump-N-Run’s 16U Red Elite team. The team went 7-1 and won the Spring Classic championship in Las Vegas, defeating the nationally ranked Los Angeles Pump-N-Run Elite in the semi-finals and Arizona Power in the finals.

Both semi-final and final games were closely contested. In the win over Pump-N-Run Elite, 16U Red was down seven with two minutes remaining before a barrage of defensive stops led to 6’0 2015 G Gabe Colosimo sending the game into overtime with a layup. In overtime, 16U Red’s 6’5 2015 F Jarriesse Blackmon took over the game, scoring a 3-pointer and jump shot to propel the team to a 76-69 victory.

The championship game offered more of the same. The game had multiple lead changes and ties. At one point in the second half, 16U Red had fallen behind by five points yet at another point had led by six points. 16U Red lead 82-80 after a driving layup from Nathan Dow with 25 seconds remaining. Arizona Power struggled to get an open look; however, a corner jump shot tied the game with just 5 seconds to go. Without hesitation, 16U Red raced the ball back down the floor when Riley Court found himself about 30 feet from the basket and covered by two players. Court’s desperation shot hit nothing but net with :00 on the clock to give the team the championship in dramatic fashion.

16U Red’s guard line has shined this spring. 6’4 2015 G Malek Harwell, 6’3 2015 G Riley Court, and 6’0 2015 G Gabe Colosimo have risen to the challenge and are performing at high levels. The guard line is led by 3-year Utah Pump-N-Run player Harwell, who has logged multiple 20-point, 5-rebound, 5 assist games already this spring. Harwell has an offer from Utah State and significant interest from BYU, Colorado, and Utah. In addition to Harwell, the emergence of Riley Court as an effective combo guard has helped bring depth to the team. Court has multiple college coaches turning their heads. And, as mentioned above, in the championship game at the Spring Classic, he hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to win the game.

Rounding out the front line on 16U Red is 6’5 2015 F Jarriesee Blackmon (Layton), 6’5 2015 F Noah Togiai (Hunter), 6’6 2015 F Nathan Dow (Wasatch) and 6’7 2015 C Brayden Holker (Westlake). 6’4 2015 G Jake Lindsey (Olympus) and 6’2 2015 G Nathan Klekas (Elko, NV) are both key contributors that can play and guard multiple positions.

16U Black finished the spring with a 4-4 record with all of their losses being close games decided by eight points or less. After nice wins over San Diego All Stars PnR and Idaho Select, the 16U Black is ready to take the next step moving forward. The team is lead by 6’0 G Bosten Van Der Veur (Park City) and 6’1 G Bushmen Ebet (Kearns). Both guards are scoring double digits consistently with help from 6’0 G Tyler Lawrence (Tooele), 6’2 G Izzy Ballstaedt (Wasatch), and 6’1 G Buay Kuajian (Kearns). Wings like 6’5 F Brandon Warr (Highland), 6’5 F Tanner Melville (Timpanogos), 6’3 F Jesse Gillman (Wasatch), 6’5 F Sam Kingdon (Park City), 6’6 F Jared Holman (Bingham) and 6’3 F Mark Sumsion (Springville) give the 16U Black more athleticism than ever while 6’8 C Richard Harward (Orem) has made the single-biggest improvement in one year of any player in the 16U program.

Utah Pump-N-Run 17U

Utah Pump-N-Run 17U Red kicked off the spring season with good showings in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas tournaments. Each member of the team is playing good ball. The team has logged solid team wins against the always tough and talented Lakeshow (CA) as well as LA Rockfish (CA). During an elite team showcase at Hoopfest Los Angeles, the 17U Red ended 3-1.

In Las Vegas, 17U Red won their first two games but was eliminated from bracket play by rival and eventual tournament champion Los Angeles Pump-N-Run Elite (CA) in an intense game that ended 49-52. The elimination was particularly difficult to stomach for 17U Red head coach Todd Phillips because the team shot a dire 2-18 from 3-point land. And, to add insult to injury (no pun intended), 6’3 2013 G Conner Toolson (Lone Peak) went down with an ankle injury with nearly nine minutes left in the second half. With Toolson out of the game, 2013 guards 6’3 Hayden Schenck (Weber) and 6’3 2014 Geno Luzcando took over scoring responsibilities getting in the paint at will down the stretch. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t quite find its outside touch, which has been its strength all season. Pump-N-Run Elite held on to win the exciting third round tournament game.

17U Red’s team of guards has already proven to be very dynamic players on the spring basketball circuit. Toolson is perhaps one of the most unknown Division 1 talents in the west. He’s already found tremendous success at the high school level, playing with BYU basketball commits Nick Emery, TJ Haws and Eric Mika. According to Coach Phillips, “Conner Toolson has been a catalyst in making plays, scoring, and defending in April play. Make no mistake that Conner is more than capable of playing at the next level and is extremely talented.” Toolson plans to serve an LDS Mission for two years beginning this summer.

In addition to Toolson, guards Hayden Schenck, 6’1 2013 G Jake Miles (Morgan), and 6’3 2014 G Jake Connor (Highland) has played very well this spring. In one game, Schenck logged 13 assists and was virtually unstoppable. Miles has found similar success. He is an aggressive player with a quick shot release, and has already turned some heads this spring. Connor has been a deep threat hitting back-to-back threes in numerous games to start key offensive runs for the team.

2A state tournament champion & MVP Geno Luzcando (Wasatch Academy) is running the point position for 17U Red. A native of Chile, Luzcando has been quick to adapt to a higher level of competition and has significant potential at the next level. 17U Red coaches are working with Luzcando on a daily basis to increase his range and become a more consistent shooter. Luzcando’s feel for the game is uncanny, and with a more consistent shot, he could be a very good player at the next level.

17U Red bigs have been very active and mobile and have done a great job defending some really good opposing bigs. 6’8 2014 F Tyler Rawson (American Fork), 6’9 2014 F Mike Hibbert (Layton), 6’7 2013 F Dayon Goodman (Kearns) and 6’9 2013 C Jordan Jones have patrolled the paint and been strong on the glass. Both Jones and Goodman are coming off wonderful high school seasons. Goodman had multiple 20 point, 10 rebound games he scored more than 25 points four times and collected more than 15 rebounds four times this season.

Rawson and Hibbert are learning how to play together and have the potential to be a very effective duo because both have high skill level and can stretch the floor. Rawson holds an offer from Southern Utah University and is an extremely lanky defender that gets a hand on everything.

17U Black has put together a respectable record after multiple competitive games in April. The emergence of 6’2 2014 PG Trevor Hill (Alta) has been a bright surprise for many college coaches. Already on the radar of some, the lanky, athletic guard has been more assertive this spring and has done a better job creating for others and scoring the ball, particularly in pick and roll situations.

“Hill has unlimited potential,” said his coach Landon Cosby. “Our main objective with Trevor this season is to push him to play with confidence, be assertive and always play aggressive.” In addition, Hill has limited his turnovers against severe defensive pressure, proving he has the potential to run the point at the next level.

Hill’s Alta High School teammate 6’5 2014 F Landon Albrecht has made some big plays for the team, including hitting crucial three’s at key times in the game. Albrecht is known for playing hard and isn’t afraid to get scrappy. 6’4 2014 F Ryan Pauley (Judge Memorial) has had several good scoring games, scoring both inside and outside. His consistent toughness in games has been a bright spot for the team.

Other players contributing to team success on 17U Black are 6’0 2014 G Lyle Sutton (Madison, ID), 6’2 2014 G Daylor Youngblood (Bingham), 6’4 2014 F Alec Monson (Olympus), 6’4 2014 F Taylor Larsen (American Fork), and 6’5 2014 F Carson Cutler (West Jordan).

Utah Pump-N-Run 15U

15U Red, competing in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles in April, has been competitive in almost every game so far this year. The team has found early success behind the 3-point arc, hitting eight 3’s in one game and multiple 3’s in other games in April.

Leading the team so far this season is 6’2 2016 G Joey Andrews (Riverton). Andrews is an efficient offensive player with a knack for scoring in multiple areas on the floor. But the best part of Andrews’ game so far this spring might just be his defense. His 15U coach Jared Casper, “Joey is starting to learn that he can take over games on the defensive end too. He is a bigger guard with long arms, so he’s able to use that length to get steals and deflections.”

5’9 2016 G Julian Blackmon (Layton), 5’10 2016 G Braxton Coon (Alta) and 6’3 2016 G/F Brody Childs (American Fork) have also significantly contributed on the offensive and defensive end’s this season. Coon has done a fantastic job controlling the offense and pushing tempo off of rebounds and forced turnovers along with Childs, who in one game bombed four 3-pointers and has shot extremely well from the field overall.

Blackmon is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the 15U program; his brother, Jarriesse plays for 16U Red and is 6’5. Julian stands at 5’9 now, but is widely expected to grow as he matures. Blackmon is fun to watch with a motor that never stops. A speedster with great handles, he flies all over the floor and is a blur in transition.

Other players on 16U Red contributing to team success are 6’2 2016 G Miles Keller, who scored a team high 16 points while routinely guarding the opposing team’s best player during the last game in Los Angeles. 6’1 2016 G Maizen Fausett (Westlake) and 5’7 2016 G Ryde Casper (Orem) have also contributed.

15U Red bigs 6’5 2016 F Rick Schmidt (Highland) and 6’4 2016 Keegan Coon (Alta) are improving every game and learning how to compete in a up-tempo, more athletic brand of basketball on the summer circuit. Many coaches have an eye on Schmidt to see how he progresses this spring. At a lanky 6’5, Schmidt has good footwork around the basket and can stretch the floor to the 3. Schmidt’s rebounding has consistently improved each game, and he has become the team’s leading rebounder throughout the spring. Coon has proven to be a solid defender in the post, and provides the toughness in the post that has made the 15U Red team a solid defensive unit.

15U Red has missed the services of tough-minded point guard 5’10 2016 G Stockton Christensen (Jordan). He has not played this season due to injury (broken jaw), but is expected to return soon.

15U Black has had a difficult round of tournaments in early April, but the team is improving as the players learn how to compete at higher levels and share the ball. Unfortunately for the team, 6’8 2016 C Beau Roundy (Emery) went down with a fractured tibial tubercle (where the tendon meets the bone in the front of the knee). This type of injury is common for kids near the end of a growth spurt. Roundy has grown two inches in the last two months. He’ll be out at least eight weeks and is targeting a return to the team in early July.

Leading 15U Black so far this year is 5’11 2016 G Ryan Lambson (Highland) and 6’2 2016 G Aaron Sperry (Pleasant Grove). Lambson recently scored 32 points in one game. Sperry has been very good in multiple areas, including handling pressure and providing consistent scoring. Sperry also hit a game winning 3-pointer in Los Angeles after breaking free from a defender.

Other players on 15U Black are Neema Namdar (Alta), Zach Laursen (Wasatch), Kyle Wildeboer (Timpview), Zack Boudreaux (Skyline), Lual Arok (Murray), Eian Brightwell (Highland) and Brevin Elscholz (Grantsville).

Other Utah Pump-N-Run Teams Competing in April

Utah Pump-N-Run’s 13U team made it to the championship game in the Las Vegas Grand Opening tournament this past weekend but wasn’t able to get a win in a close game down the stretch. Competing in their first official travel tournament this year, the team showed early that they’ll be a competitive bunch leading into the summer. The team includes Erik Farias, Skylar Case, Oscar Maxfield, Kayden Milburn, Andy Cotter, Jaidon Larry and Ryan Potter. The team also includes Moa Hemuli, a name that might sound familiar to those who follow University of Utah football. Moa’s older brother, Latu is a senior defensive tackle at the University of Utah and also alum of Utah Pump-N-Run.

Utah Pump-N-Run’s 12U team is off to an incredible start this spring. They breezed through the Las Vegas Grand Opening tournament, winning each game by an average margin of more than 20 points. Up next, the team will compete at the All Under One Roof tournament in Reno, which is widely regarded as one of the top youth tournaments in the country. They will also compete in Las Vegas during the final week in July. The team includes Rylan Jones, Nico Mannion, Cash Fulton, Landon Brenchly, Mason Falslev, Carter Berish, KO Fisher, Brig Willard and Jeremy Dowdell.

Utah Pump-N-Run’s 14U team did not compete in April, but will attend two tournaments in May.

New Utah State Aggie Jalen Moore Preparing to Make the Jump to D1 Basketball

Jalen Moore
Height: 6’8”
Graduation Year: 2013
High School: Sky View 
College: Utah State University

Jalen Moore, the 6’8” Sky View High School forward and future Utah State Aggie, made his SportsCenter debut with an extraordinary half-court shot at the buzzer in overtime to win his team’s 2013 4A semi-final state championship game against Bountiful High School. We have a feeling this won’t be the last time he’ll make an appearance on SportsCenter.

Jalen’s deep roots in basketball and natural-born talent make him a standout player with a bright future.

Jalen started playing organized basketball at 5 years old, and he has already had many opportunities for learning and growth. He credits his season with Utah Pump-N-Run for providing him with the competition and exposure he needed to develop his resilience and competitive edge. Jalen’s father, Jimmy Moore, agrees: “The benefits of Utah Pump-N-Run are first and foremost the coaches. They do an excellent job of teaching fundamentals and pushing players to maximize their potential. Utah Pump-N-Run also provides valuable exposure for players by competing in some of the nation’s best tournaments.”

Jalen blew up on the basketball circuit during the summer of 2012, churning out multiple games of 25+ points and 12+ rebounds against some of the top competition in the country, including New Heights (NY), Miami Tropics, Franchize All-Stars (TX) and Minnesota Pump-N-Run. He led his team in most statistical categories and helped secure a Championship victory at Las Vegas Live in July.

Watch video highlights of Jalen’s incredible tournament here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0G-4wt4tBA.

The coaches at Utah State noticed Jalen’s talents early on, during his sophomore year of high school, and were able to get a verbal commitment from Jalen to join the Aggies in 2013. “Jalen is a great kid and a good student,” commented Chris Jones, Utah State Assistant Coach. “He’s long and athletic, and he has all of the necessary puzzle pieces to be a great addition to the basketball team at Utah State. We look forward to seeing how he will compliment our team next season.”

Utah Pump-N-Run 17U Elite Coach Todd Phillips says, “By mid-July, we had received inquiries from multiple Pac-12 schools, as well as schools from other top conferences on Jalen’s availability as a recruit. But he never wavered in his commitment to Utah State, which is a testament to Jalen’s character as well as the Utah State coaching staff. I’m looking forward to watching Jalen compete at Utah State.”

Jalen has a lot to be excited about. He has worked hard not only on the basketball court, but also in his academic pursuits. He looks forward to his studies at Utah State and to helping the Aggies find success in a new conference. “I can’t wait to learn and grow with the team at Utah State. I look forward to the good energy and opportunities that come from being a part of such a great team with phenomenal coaches.”

Like any parent, Jalen’s father Jimmy has great hopes for Jalen as he graduates high school and moves on to college. “My hope for Jalen when he begins his college career is to enjoy the experience,” says Jimmy. “I know and he knows that he has a lot of room for improvement, which is a good thing, because that means he has a wealth of untapped potential to uncover.”

And Jimmy knows what he’s talking about. He played for Utah State’s men’s basketball team from 1972-75, helping the Aggies make it to the 1975 NCAA Tournament. Jimmy finished his collegiate career with 1,164 points and 652 rebounds, maintaining a place in Utah State basketball history, ranking 24th all-time in scoring and 15th all-time in rebounding. Following his time with Utah State, Jimmy spent two years playing in the NBA for the Seattle SuperSonics and 10 years playing overseas. In 2005, Jimmy was one of 16 athletes named to Utah State’s All-Century Basketball Team.

Utah Pump-N-Run is proud to have Jalen Moore on its alumni list and looks forward to watching him continue to develop his talents at Utah State University.

Check out Jalen Moore highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HkUBSeY564

Jalen Moore’s SportsCenter Top 10 Buzzer Beater video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7FAnEHCHUg