Utah Pump-N-Run Season Ending Review

Another season in the books for Utah Pump-N-Run! 

17U

This year’s 17U team was a grind-it-out, get’er done group that found success throughout the spring and summer. Ending the season 27-9, the team won the one-loss bracket at the Double Pump Spring Fest in Los Angeles in April, won the Big Mountain Jam club team bracket championship and won the platinum bracket of the Las Vegas Live tournament in July, beating Puerto Rico National/Miami Tropics in the championship game. 17U also made an Elite 8 appearance at the Three Stripes tournament July 11-15 in Anaheim.

The team won two and lost one in Super Pool play at the adidas Super 64, coming in second in their pool and garnering a second seed in the Platinum bracket. After a first round win, the team fell to #22 nationally ranked New Heights New York and was eliminated in tournament play. UPNR had multiple chances to tie the game throughout the last minute but couldn’t overcome a three-point deficit.

Leading the team in scoring was 6’8 2012 F/C Casey Oliverson. Oliverson averaged 21.4 pts/gm and had multiple 30-point performances. Oliverson also led the team in rebounding, averaging just under 11 rebounds per game. His quickness and athleticism wreaked havoc on opposing big men as he continually rebounded outside of his area for put backs. Oliverson will be taking his services to Salt Lake Community College next season.

One of the best high level college prospects on the national summer circuit was 6’8 2013 G/F Jalen Moore (Sky View). Still only 16 years old, Moore can play inside or outside and is a nightmare for opposing teams to guard. Moore routinely filled the stat line for UPNR, some games with 10+ points, 8+ rebounds, 5+ assists, 3+ steals, 3+ blocks. Jalen will head to Utah State in 2013 to play his college ball.

Other standouts include 6’3 2013 combo guard Stephan Holm (Riverton). Stephan was unconscious in spring play, hitting nine three pointers in the championship game at Double Pump Spring Fest in front of USC head coach Kevin O’Neill. Holm finished the season strong and now has official offers from UC Davis and Montana State, with interest from several other Division I schools, including USC and Nevada.

At the guard line, Utah 4A MVP 6’1 2013 PG Zach Hunsaker (Orem) was known on the team as the “jack of all trades.” Hunsaker routinely dished out more than five assists per game, limited turnovers against severe pressure and often times took on the challenge of stopping the opposing teams best perimeter player. Zach will run the point this year for Orem High School, who will launch a bid in November to defend their 2011 4A state title.

The play of 6’1 2013 SG Dallin Bosco (Provo) surprised many on the AAU circuit this year. Gritty and hard nosed, Bosco has unlimited range from the three and a quick release that’s difficult to block. 6’2 2012 G Dimitri Saliba (unsigned senior), 6’7 2013 F Dayon Goodman (Kearns) and 6’7 2013 F Cole Hally (Davis) rounded out the 2012 roster. 6’5 2013 F Jordan Darger (Orem) was also on the roster but tore his meniscus in the spring, prior to playing any games.

Other 17U players to watch include 7’0 2013 C Nate Pollard (Bountiful), 6’3 2013 G Bryce Callahan (Brighton) and 6’3 2013 G/F Todd Connolly (Highland). Pollard is garnering interest from Southern Utah as well as other Division I and Division II schools. Callahan has significant interest from several Division II and NAIA schools, including Westminster College.

Pollard, Callahan and Connolly joined Taylor Roy (Timpview), David Divver (Highland), David Smith (Westlake), Kalin Curran (Mountain View), Jordan Rood (Rock Springs, WY) and Zach Bernardo (Brighton) on the 17U BLACK team. The team advanced all the way to the championship game in the silver bracket at the adidas Super 64 before falling in overtime against Gulf Coast Elite from Houston. 

16U

Utah Pump-N-Run’s 16U group fielded two very competitive teams this season. The RED team featured several Division I prospects, including players with multiple offers already. The RED team finished the summer with an Elite 8 appearance in the adidas Super 64 and an overall record of 27-6. The team also won two championships at the Las Vegas Spring Classic and at the Northwest Premier.

6’7 2014 F Dalton Nixon progressed throughout the season, showing college coaches that he can play either the 3 or 4 positions with efficiency. Nixon’s range is unlimited, and at 6’7 he is virtually unblockable beyond the arc. Nixon has offers from BYU, San Francisco, Utah, Utah State and North Dakota.

Joining Nixon on the front line was 6’9 2014 F/C Ryan Andrus (American Fork) and 6’8 F/C Tyler Rawson (American Fork). Both players progressed significantly throughout the summer and are being watched closely by Weber State, Utah, BYU, UVU and several other Division I schools.

The guard line was led by 6’5 2014 wing Jared Stutzman (Bonneville, Idaho). Its well known that Stutzman can shoot, but this year, he came out ready to show college coaches that he can defend and rebound at the next level. Routinely grabbing 8+ rebounds, 4+ assists and 3+ steals in games throughout the summer, Stutzman has the ability to fill up the stat sheet at the wing position. He currently holds offers from Weber State, Utah, Utah State, Idaho State with interest coming from several other Division I schools.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the summer was the emergence of 2014 combo guard Geno Luzcando (Wasatch Academy). Luzcando has a tremendous feel for the game and at 6’2 with a big frame, he is difficult to guard off the dribble. As he improves his shooting range, Luzcando is expected to skyrocket up the charts as a prospect to watch in the 2012/2013 season.

Joining the RED team for the adidas Super 64 was Box Elder 6’2 2014 combo guard Shad Watson. Watson, who previously played for the AAU club team Dream Vision, joins Utah Pump-N-Run as a Division I prospect with interest coming from a plethora of schools including USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, UNLV, Minnesota, Washington State, Portland, Cornell, Pepperdine, DePaul, Penn, Denver, Nebraska and Boston College.

Other players making team contributions throughout the spring and summer included McKay Butler (Viewmont), Ryan Pauley (Judge Memorial) and Lyle Sutton (Madison, ID). Sutton was forced out of summer play due to surgery but is expected to be back in action for the upcoming high school season.

The 16U BLACK team fielded several other solid players, including 6’3 2014 G Jake Connor (Highland). Connor’s range is beyond NBA three and after a growth spurt, dunked twice in games this summer, showing he is quickly becoming more than just a shooter.

Perhaps even more impressive is 16U BLACK’s overall team record, finishing 28-7, including two Final 4 appearances and two Sweet 16 appearances. The team was led on the perimeter by point guard Trevor Hill (Alta) and wing Cooper Holt (Orem). Holt, whose feisty play on defense and willingness to take pressure shots shined throughout the summer, is expected to play a sizable role in Orem’s bid to defend its state title next year. Big men Landon Albrecht (Alta), Brent Beales (West Jordan) and Carson Cutler (West Jordan) patrolled the paint and rebounded consistently throughout the season. Also contributing to great team play and hard work were Taylor Larsen (American Fork), Jordan Evans (Bingham) and Alec Monson (Waterford). 

15U

The Utah Pump-N-Run 15U team had a very impressive spring and summer in 2012. With a 23-8 overall record, the 15U RED squad boasted two tournament championships – one at the Northwest Premier and another at the Three Stripes Tournament July 11-15. The team also showed well the final two weeks in Las Vegas as they finished Runner-Up at the Las Vegas Live tournament and made it to the Elite 8 in the Gold bracket at the adidas Super64.

During their run, the 15U RED team compiled impressive wins over very talented teams including the #4 nationally ranked Double Pump Elite (CA) and #8 nationally ranked Colorado Hawks (C0).

The team was fueled by overall toughness and defense with all players contributing in various ways. Malek Harwell (Century, Pocatello) led the team in scoring at 13.8 pts per game; his ability to make plays against any type of pressure for himself and his teammates was invaluable throughout the summer. Harwell is currently garnering interest from Utah State, BYU and Utah.  Jesse Wade (Davis) was another huge contributor on the guard line, shooting 41% from 3 and averaging 12.8 pts per game. Wade constantly hit big shots in tight games. His ability to score and create as a combo guard is something that schools have already noticed as Utah State, BYU and Utah have all contacted the 2015 Guard.

Other guards that contributed in various ways this summer were: Gabe Colosimo (Juan Diego), Nathan Klekas (Elko, NV) and Tyler Lawrence (Tooele). Colosimo led the team in assists with over 7 per game; his team play and overall unselfishness are attributes that are not unnoticed. Colosimo is already receiving significant interest from Westminster College. Klekas, reigning 3A MVP in Nevada as a freshman, was 2nd in rebounding at 6.1 per game at 6’1”. His ability to score inside and out created matchup problems for teams. Klekas is also receiving calls from Westminster College as well as Salt Lake Community College. Lawrence was vital in several games providing instant offense. Shooting 36% from 3 Lawrence made several big shots in key moments.

On the wing, Jarriesse Blackmon (Layton) was a force on both ends of the floor. Blackmon scored 11.7 pts and grabbed 10.3 reb per game while shooting 51% from the floor. His ability to change the game on both ends has the Division I schools in Utah already taking notice. Nathan Dow (Wasatch) is a versatile player that was not outworked by anyone; he led the team in charges and guarded the opposing teams best interior player. Dow has high interest from Westminster and Utah State has also inquired about the 6’4 wing.

Brayden Holker (West Lake) and Sam Kingdon (Park City) were often the tallest players on the court and contributed in different ways. Holker dominated the paint averaging 7 pts and 7 reb and shooting 59% from the field. Holker has interest currently from Utah State; if he continues to grow, Holker could be a high-major recruit. Kingdon, standing at 6’5”, was able to stretch the floor off the bench. Many times, the opposing team was forced to remove their biggest post player due to Kingdon’s ability to score from the outside.

The 15U BLACK team also had success this summer with a 15-11 overall record including a championship berth in the silver bracket at the Adidas Super 64. The team was led in scoring by Brandon Warr (Highland). Izzy Ballstaedt (Wasatch) was a 3-pt threat in all games with Grant Sharp (Highland) playing very well running the team at the point. Wings Jesse Gillman (Wasatch), Mark Sumsion (Springville) and Tanner Melville (Timpanogos) were very active on both ends of the floor. Connor O’Neill (Provo) and Richard Harward (Orem) both played strong inside with O’Neill leading the team in rebounding. 

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About the Organization

Utah Pump-N-Run’s primary goal is to help student-athletes find grant-in-aid scholarships to colleges of their choice. The organization has helped more than 80 student-athletes receive a scholarship since 2003. Alumni include: Chris Collinsworth (BYU), Kyle Collinsworth (BYU), Rayes Gallegos (Nebraska), Charles Abouo (BYU), Morgan Grim (Utah State), Chris Miles (BYU), Marcel Davis (Utah State), Brandon Davies (BYU) and Jordan Loveridge (Utah). For more information about Utah Pump- N-Run, please visit www.utahpumpnrun.org. 

17U Team Accolades

  • 6 Tournament Championships
  • 18 Final 4 appearances
  • 24 Elite 8 appearances
  • 28 Sweet 16 appearances