The just-completed 2016-17 high school boys basketball team brought plenty of excitement to Tooele County, led by Stansbury’s sixth-place finish at the state tournament.
The Stallions advanced to the postseason for the second time in school history and won two games in the state tournament, bouncing back from losses in their first six games. Grantsville went undefeated in region play en route to a 16-8 overall record before a tough loss in the opening round of the playoffs, while Tooele overcame an 0-3 start in region play to earn Region 10’s No. 2 seed and threw a big scare into Carbon in the first round.
The Transcript Bulletin sports staff took a look at the numbers at the conclusion of the season and came up with a list of the county’s top players. While this list is by no means all-inclusive, it does highlight the best Tooele County has to offer on the basketball court.
Most Valuable Player: Josh Jenkins, center, Stansbury, junior — As went Jenkins, so went the Stallions. After some inconsistency early in the season, Jenkins stepped up his game in region play and the postseason. He averaged 15.1 points per game in eight region games and had at least three double-doubles. He also added 13 points per game in the playoffs, including a dominant outing against Carbon in which he scored 15 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Center: Trevor Colson, Grantsville, senior — Colson was the leader of the region-champion Cowboys, scoring 12.1 points per game. He was fourth in Class 3A with 7.8 rebounds per game and had six double-doubles during the season, including a 25-point, 14-rebound effort against Ogden. In region play, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Forward: Brady Arbon, Grantsville, junior — Arbon averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest playing power forward for the Cowboys, helping them take advantage of their size in the post by hitting 53 percent of his shot attempts. He just missed a double-double with 21 points and nine rebounds in a December game against Carbon.
Forward: Kyler Hymas, Tooele, junior — Hymas led the Buffaloes with 10.8 points per game, including 48 3-pointers, giving the undersized Tooele squad a serious perimeter threat. His 36 steals ranked second on Tooele’s roster. He had 24 points in an early-season game against Tintic, and hit five 3-pointers en route to 19 points in the Buffs’ win at Union that turned their season around.
Guard: Jared Roberts, Grantsville, senior — Roberts was Grantsville’s second-leading scorer at 10.2 points per game and chipped in 3.8 rebounds and a team-high 1.8 steals. His 43 3-pointers led Grantsville and ranked just outside the top-10 in Class 3A. He had 17 points in games against Juab, Morgan and Tooele — all victories for the Cowboys.
Guard: Jase Wanlass, Stansbury, senior — Wanlass was the county’s leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points per game and hitting 41 3-pointers. He also led the Stallions in assists and was an important calming influence as the young Stallions struggled to gain their footing early in the season. His 24-point outing against North Sanpete in the first round of the playoffs included two huge 3-pointers in the final 1:30 to lift the Stallions to a come-from-behind win, and he scored a season-best 25 points against Star Valley (Idaho).
Coach of the Year: Joe White, Stansbury — White took a program that had only made the postseason once in seven previous seasons and led it to a sixth-place finish at the state tournament. The Stallions struggled early in the season with a schedule heavy on road games and tough competition, but they rounded into form as the season went on and nearly upset Grantsville late in the season.