Monday, November 03, 2008

Preseason Top 25: No. 25 Lone Peak

25. Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
Coach: Quincy Lewis (98-21, 5 years at Lone Peak)
2007-08 record: 23-2, Class 5A champion (No. 19 in final National Prep Poll)
Top players: G Tyler Haws (6-5), Sr.; G Dillon Smith (6-2), Sr.; C Nate Austin (6-10), Sr.; G Tommy Tebbs (6-3), Sr.; G Brandon Reeves (6-4), Sr.
Team strength: Outside shooting, perimeter defense
Question mark: Depth
Toughest games: Dec. 5 at Provo; Dec. 29 vs. Mesa Mountain View (Ariz.); Feb. 6 at Pleasant Grove
Outlook: The Knights return the reigning state MVP for their run at a third consecutive 5A state championship. That player is Haws, a BYU recruit who averaged 21 points per game as a junior. He is a tremendous outside shooter. Joining him in the back court is Smith, who also has a great outside stroke. Developing big man Austin, another BYU recruit, will be counted on for his ability to rebound and step out and make shots. The point guard position will likely be handled by Tebbs, a transfer from Las Vegas Coronado.

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