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.