After averaging 21 points and leading his team to a state title as a sophomore, South Sevier’s Race Parsons went back to work with the intent of taking his game to even higher levels.
With a target clearly affixed to his back and the back’s of his teammates, Parsons responded to all challengers, averaging 24 points and nearly eight rebounds per contest, as the Rams made it consecutive 2A titles.
For his efforts, Parsons is The Salt Lake Tribune’s 2A boys’ basketball MVP.
“The best part about all of this is I get to do it with the same buddies I played lightning with when we were in second grade,” Parsons said. “Our Chemistry is unbelievable and our fans are the best.”
While the 6-foot-4 junior was busy scoring 30 and 34 in quarter and semifinal action, perhaps it was his championship game performance when the shots weren’t falling that best illustrates his impact.
“Richfield’s defense is tough, they played us man and I didn’t have a great championship game,” Parsons said. “My shots weren’t going so I tried to rebound, pass and defend and do whatever I could to help.”
He finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals, as the Rams won 52-47. South Sevier coach Scott Hunt said he knew Parsons was special when he saw the 6-year-old dribbling on the high school court.
“The one word you can use to describe him is he’s driven,” Hunt said. “He’s a competitor and he’s driven to win, to gain possessions, to go get rebounds and to give 100 percent every night.”
With a host of junior buddies returning, Parsons and his pals will be looking at doing it all over again next year.
“I want to come back and play as good as we can,” said Parsons. “We’ll have a pretty big target on our backs but we’d like to win three straight, because not a lot of schools have done it.”