The 2013-2014 high school basketball season is about to kick off around the state. To prepare fans what should be another exciting season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 5A.

Every coach was invited to participate and submit information. The region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections.

James Edward is the prep sports editor for the Deseret News. Email: jedward@desnews.com; Twitter: @dnewspreps

Region 1 Capsules

1. Davis High School



Head Coach: Jay Welk (24th year)

2012-2013 Season: 17-6 (3rd in region with 6-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak 84-50 5A Quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Abel Porter, Sr., Guard, 13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg

Jesse Wade, Jr., Guard, 14.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.0 spg

Matt Morrell, Sr., Guard/Forward, 6’2” (missed entire 2012-13 season due to injury)

Elijah Kletzli, Sr., Center/Forward, 0.6 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Jaydon Ryan, Sr., Guard, 0.1 ppg, 0.1 rpg

Coach Comments: “Although we do not have the size we have had the past few years, this team shows very good athleticism.”

2. Layton High School

Head Coach: Kelby Miller (6th year)

2012-2013 Season: 11-12 (5th in region with 4-6 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Mike Hibbert, Sr., Center, 16.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg

Jarriesse Blackmon, Jr., Forward, 11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg

Brandon Hill, Sr., Forward, 0.2 ppg, 0.04 rpg

3. Viewmont High School

Head Coach: Jeff Emery (16th year)

2012-2013 Season: 13-11 (3rd in region 2 with 6-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Brighton 69-58 in 5A Quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

McKay Johnson, Sr., Guard/Forward, 7.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg

McKay Butler, Sr., Guard, 9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg

Aaron Dalton, Sr., Forward, 2.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg

Kelton Hirsch, Sr., Guard, 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 apg

Austin Johnson, Jr., Forward, 2.1 ppg, 0.3 rpg

Coach Comment: “With five players coming back who played significant varsity minutes for us last year, and a senior class (seven seniors) leading the way, we expect to be competitive every night. We do not have a lot of size in the post, but we have some players that can shoot the ball and play hard! Looking forward to the challenge of being back in Region 1 and we know that we will have to be ready to play every night to be successful.”

4. Northridge High School

Head Coach: Chad Sims (3rd year)

2012-2013 Season: 13-10 (2nd in region with 6-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Viewmont 56-43 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Jake Bigler, Sr., Guard, 14.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.7 spg

Jace Colby, Sr., Forward, 0.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg

Courtland Prince, Sr., Guard, 0.04 apg, 0.04 spg

Coach Comments: “We have a team that may surprise some people. We expect to be sound defensively and hopefully come together on the offensive end. If we find the right chemistry, we will have a very successful year.”

5. Syracuse High School

Head Coach: Troy Anderson (1st year)

2012-2013 Record: 14-9 (4th in region with 5-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to American Fork 41-37 in 5A Quarterfinals)

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Michael Phelps, Sr., Forward, 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg

Josh Herfel, Sr., Guard, 5.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are excited about the upcoming season, but with only one returning starter, we lack varsity experience and we know we have a lot of work to do. We believe we have strong senior leadership, and our players complement each other well. As always, Region 1 will be extremely competitive, and every game will be a challenge.”

6. Fremont High School

Head Coach: Corey Melaney (5th year)

2012-2013 Season: 2-19 (6th in region with 1-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Justin Shaw, Jr., Forward, 4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 spg

Spencer Jones, Jr., Guard, 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg

Coach Comments: “With only one senior on the team, we will rely heavily on our junior and sophomore classes. With two returning starters and a few others that we threw into the fire last year, we hope that the experience gained from last year will pay off this year. We will force the issue with pressure and tempo and hope to create easy opportunities on the offensive end. We are athletic, young, and enthusiastic and if we match that with work ethic, then this will be a memorable season.”

7. Weber High School

Head Coach: Mark Larsen (4th year)

2012-2013 Record: 20-4 (1st in region with 8-2 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Alta 49-43 in 5A Quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Auston Tesch, Sr., Forward, 5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 spg

Coach Comment: “I don’t want to call this a rebuilding year for our team, because I think we have kids that can play and are ready to play at the varsity level. We will be terribly inexperienced and we will have to use the preseason to find line-ups that we like that will prepare our kids for a brutal Region 1.”

Region 2 Capsules

1. Hunter High School



Head Coach: Dave Filimoehala (11th year)

2012-2013 Season: 14-10 (1st in region with 10-0 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Syracuse 53-36 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Noah Togiai, Sr., Forward, 14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg

Israel Tademy, Jr., Guard/Forward, 2.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.9 apg

Joel Falepapalangi, Jr., Forward, 1.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg

Alex Ojeda, Jr., Forward/Center, 0.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Coach Comment: “We are a very young, very inexperienced, very athletic and very good basketball team.”

2. Taylorsville High School

Head Coach: Jim Boyce (4th year)

2012-2013 Season: 9-15 (5th in region with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to West 81-78 in Region 2 Play-In Game

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Sid Freeman, Sr., Guard, 15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.4 spg

Jevin Warren, Sr., Guard, 15.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg

Manny Suarez, Sr., Guard/Forward, 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.1 apg

Manuel Evangelista, Sr., Forward/Center, 3.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Coach Comments: Taylorsville is returning several starters from last year. We are extremely undersized, but, also fast and athletic. We expect to be in the mix for the region championship and make the playoffs.”

3. Granger High School

Head Coach: Bernie Graziano

2012-2013 Season: 1-19 (6th in region with 0-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Makol Mawien, Jr., Forward/Center, 11.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg

Coach Comment: “Makol Mawein continues to improve and has six DI offers. We return all but one player from last year. We are optimistic about our season and hope to improve from last year. We have several players who will contribute this season.”

4. Cottonwood High School

Head Coach: Cory Martin (8th year)

2012-2013 Season: 5-16 (6th in region with 0-10 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Austin Simmons, Sr., Forward, 6.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg

Cameron Brady, Sr., Forward, 1.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg

Noah Montano, Soph., Guard, 1.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.9 apg

Andrew Price, Sr., Guard, 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg

5. West High School

Head Coach: Mike Matheson (3rd year)

2012-2013 Season: 6-18 (4th in region with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Weber 68-39 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Denzel Latu, Sr., Guard, 12.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg

Dallyn Kenner, Jr., Guard, 9.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Riley Kenner, Jr., Guard, 4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg

Coach Comments: “This year’s team (the 100th year of West Basketball) is a very competitive group. We do not have a lot of size; but we have good athletes and very good scoring capability from a number of players. With our team make-up, I expect we’ll play a variety of defences with plenty of pressure.”

6. Hillcrest High School

Head Coach: Sam Richins (5th year)

2012-2013 Season: 2-19 (6th in Region 7 with 1-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Matt Means, Sr., Guard, 9.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg

Andrew Reich, Sr., Forward, 11.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 spg

Tanner Thompson, Jr., Forward, 5.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg

Coach Comment: “I feel like this year’s team has a lot of upside. They will bring their full effort every night. We have several players returning with experience, including our guard Matt Means and our forwards Tanner Thompson and Andrew Reich. While we are undersized, we are fast and athletic. Hopefully, their effort and drive will result in wins for this ball club.”

Region 3 Capsules

1. Alta High School



Head Coach: Jim Barker (7th year)

2012-2013 Season: 16-9 (2nd in region with 8-2 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak 72-39 in 5A Championship

Returning Starters: 4

Returning Contributors:

Trevor Hill, Sr., Guard, 11.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.2 spg

Landon Albrecht, Sr., Forward, 9.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg

Zach Rollins, Sr., Guard, 11.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.4 apg

Carter Heslop, Sr., Forward, 4.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.5 apg

Coach Comments: “We have a lot of experience on our team this year with several returning players. We had a great spring and summer and we are looking forward to the challenge this season will bring.”

2. Brighton High School

Head Coach: Jeff Gardner (3rd year)

2012-2013 Record: 20-6 (1st in region with 9-1 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak in 5A Semifinals)

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Brock Miller, Jr., Guard, 4.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg

Osa Masina, Jr., Forward, 2.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg

Coach Comment: “We look forward to another season of Bengal basketball. Our team is working hard and we are anxious to see how we will compete against a very challenging preseason and in the very competitive Region 3.”

3. Bingham High School

Head Coach: Jake Schroeder (1st year)

2012-2013 Season: 14-10 (3rd in Region 4 with 5-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Alta 65-61 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Jordan Evans, Sr., Guard/Forward, 15.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg

Daylor Youngblood, Sr., Guard, 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg

Yoeli Child, Fr., Forward/Center, 6’6”

Coach Comments: “I am really excited about our upcoming season. We have a tough road ahead, and I am excited to see how are boys will compete.”

4. West Jordan High School

Head Coach: Scott Briggs (15th year)

2012-2013 Season: 7-17 (4th in region with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak 90-53 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Brent Beales, Sr., Center, 11.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg

Spencer Nisson, Sr., Forward, 8.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Carson Cutler, Sr., Forward, 1.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.3 spg

Coach Comment: “The West Jordan basketball team is excited for the upcoming season and we believe that we can be competitive with what we consider to be a very strong league. We bring back skill and experience with our post players and look to add in our new perimeter players to combine for a solid team.”

5. Copper Hills High School

Head coach: Andrew Blanchard (2nd year)

2012-2013 Season: 9-14 (5th in region with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to West Jordan 63-54 in Region 3 Play-In Game

Returning starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

Preston Sanchez, So., Guard, 5.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg

Porter Hawkins, So., Center, 6.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Mitch Eyre, Sr. Center, 2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Brycen McCoombs, Sr., Guard

Coach Comment: "We have a core group of seniors and underclassmen that have varsity experience and should have a great year. We have a good combination of post players and guards that have the potential to be really good players. We return two returning starters that are sophomores with another post player that had a large role in last year’s team."

6. Jordan High School

Head Coach: Trace Bevell (1st year)

2012-2013 Season: 17-7 (3rd in region with 7-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to American Fork 51-47 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors: Connor Horsley, Sr., Center, 0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg

Mat Winterholler, Sr., Guard, 0.01 rpg, 0.04 apg

Mike McDonnell, Sr., Guard, 0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg

Braunson Barben, Sr., Guard, 0.17 ppg, 0.04 rpg, 0.08 apg

Coach Comment: “Jordan returns zero starters from last year’s varsity team and only a handful of players who played limited varsity minutes. With very little experience and height, it will be a rebuilding year for the Beetdiggers.”

Region 4 Capsules

1. Lone Peak High School



Head Coach: Quincy Lewis (11th year)

2012-2013 Season: 26-1 (1st in region with 10-0 record)

2013 Postseason: Beat Alta 72-39 in 5A Championship

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

T.J. Haws, Sr., Guard, 17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.9 spg

Zach Frampton, Sr., Guard, 2.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg

Spencer Curtis, Sr., Forward, 1.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Coach Comments: “Obviously, we lost a number of good players off last year's team. However, I like the group we have coming back this year. We have an excellent backcourt with talented guards and size up front with lots of depth.”

2. American Fork High School

Head Coach: Doug Meacham (13th year)

2012-2013 Season: 17-9 (2nd in region with 7-3 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Alta 38-31 in 5A Semifinals

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Ryan Andrus, Center, 19.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg

Tyler Rawson, Forward, 8.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.1 apg

Brendan Bailey, Guard, 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg

Coach Comments: “We have some very skilled, talented big guys and solid guards who have made improvement defensively. If our players continue to get stronger and physical in our post play and our guards continue to be aggressive and strong with the ball, it becomes challenging to guard us. If we are smart and take what the defense gives us, we hope to be playing our best ball at the end of the season. Our preseason schedule is the toughest we’ve had in my 12 years as head coach, but we are excited for the challenge!”

3. Pleasant Grove High School

Head Coach: Randy McAllister (12th year)

2012-2013 Season: 14-10 (4th in region with 4-6 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Brighton 70-55 in 5A First Round

Returning Starters: 3

Returning Contributors:

Riley Court, Jr., Guard, 15.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.8 spg

Matt Conway, Sr., Forward, 13.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Mark Sheffield, Sr., Forward, 8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 spg

Forrest Pincock, Sr., Guard, 12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg

Coach Comment: “We bring back a total of eight players with varsity experience this year. Offseason workouts and commitments were excellent by this year’s returning group. We are excited to see how we stack up in a very competitive Region 4.”

4. Riverton High School

Head Coach: Steve Galley (14th year)

2012-2013 Season: 11-12 (5th in region with 3-7 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Brandon Sly, Sr., Guard, 2.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 1.7 apg

Connor Henderson, Sr., Guard, 2.3 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Tevita Loamanu, Sr., Forward, 3.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.4 apg

Coach Comments: “This group is one of the most enjoyable collection of players I’ve ever been around. I feel lucky to be able to coach them. They really respect the reverent nature of the word ‘team.’ Working hard and sacrificing for one another is an everyday thing for them.”

5. Herriman High School

Head Coach: Brad Tingey (4th year)

2012-2013 Season: 13-11 (3rd in Region 7 with 6-4 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Mountain Crest 52-47 in 4A Quarterfinals

Returning Starters: 2

Returning Contributors:

David Maynard, Jr., Guard/Forward, 17.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg

Alec Johnson, Sr., Guard, 8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 apg

Jake Sutton, Soph., Center, 0.2 ppg, 0.04 rpg

Jordan Glauser, Jr., Forward, 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.04 spg

Coach Comment: “We are a young team with not a lot of returning experience, but we are talented and should be very competitive in a terrific region. Returning starters Alec Johnson and all-state guard David Maynard will need to have strong years for us, and our young big guys will need to play big every night.”

6. Lehi High School

Head Coach: Bob Barnes (2nd year)

2012-2013 Season: 7-15 (6th in region with 1-9 record)

2013 Postseason: Failed to qualify

Returning Starters: 0

Returning Contributors:

Gavin Rasmussen, Sr., Forward, 1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Derek Beeston, Soph., 3.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.0 apg

Tanner Nygren, Soph., 2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 spg

Coach Comment: “We don’t have a lot of experience coming back, but the kids have worked very hard in the weight room and in the gym and are working to find the chemistry to compete in this region. We have a great group of kids who love basketball. We will be young, but I am very excited about their potential.”

7. Westlake High School

Head Coach: Craig McAffee (2nd year)

2012-2013 Record: 8-15 (4th in region with 5-5 record)

2013 Postseason: Lost to Bountiful 67-53 in 4A First Round

Returning Starters: 1

Returning Contributors:

Brayden Holker, Jr., Center, 13.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Porter Mattson, Sr., Forward, 0.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Cameron Yorgesen, Sr., Guard, 1.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Coach Comment: “Our players are excited to begin a new year. They have worked hard this offseason and they are looking forward to the challenges of playing in an extremely tough region.”