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Prep basketball: Stars who grew as one now shining as one

Classes of 2013, 2014 have sharpened each other’s talents for years — and it’s paid off.

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Even after a 24-point home loss to region rival Bountiful, Van Dyke’s face lit up when asked about those old club teams filled with future stars traveling around the country playing — and beating — some of the best teams in the U.S.

"When we were younger, we always said that we were going to be a really good high school class," he said. "I’m not surprised at all that we have some really good players in the state."

At a glance

Current commitments

BYU » Nick Emery (Lone Peak, 2013), TJ Haws (Lone Peak, 2014), Eric Mika (Lone Peak, 2013), Dalton Nixon (Orem, 2014)

Utah » Parker Van Dyke (East, 2013), Brandon Miller (Brighton, 2014)

Utah State » Jalen Moore (Sky View, 2013), Sam Merrill (Bountiful, 2014)

Southern Utah » Race Parsons (South Sevier, 2013)

Montana State » Stephan Holm (Riverton, 2013)

Notables undecided » Brekkott Chapman (Roy, 2014), Abel Porter (Davis, 2014), Ryan Andrus (American Fork, 2014), Jordan Darger (Orem, 2013), Cooper Holt (Orem, 2014), Quinn Peters (Orem, 2014), Zac Hunsaker (Orem, 2013)

Utah bumper crop

A majority of Utah’s top high school players have grown up playing with each other, including a youth AAU team that featured Nick Emery, TJ Haws, Brandon Miller, Parker Van Dyke, Jordan Darger and Conner Toolson.

Majority of coaches say the classes of 2013 and 2014 stand out due to each player’s versatility and athleticism.

Most D-I recruits have been playing on a national stage for the better part of their careers, which translates to being exposed outside of Utah from a young age.

Club basketball has helped Utah high school basketball players face some of the top competition from across the country.

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Aaron Falk contributed to this story.

By the numbers

Stats through Jan. 18:

Player/School Ht. PPG

Nick Emery, Lone Peak 6-1 18.0

Eric Mika, Lone Peak 6-10 15.2

TJ Haws, Lone Peak 6-4 15.8

Brandon Miller, Brighton 6-2 18.5

Parker Van Dyke, East 6-3 24.9

Dalton Nixon, Orem 6-7 16.9

Brekkott Chapman, Roy 6-8 20.0

Sam Merrill, Bountiful 6-4 17.5

Jalen Moore, Sky View 6-7 23.9

Race Parsons, South Sevier 6-4 26.6

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