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Prep basketball notes: Caitlyn Larsen a dominant force for Viewmont

Published January 6, 2014 6:53 pm

Basketball notes • Gabe Colosimo averages more than 20 points a game for Juan Diego.
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Viewmont senior guard Caitlyn Larsen is headed to BYU to play softball after her high school career, but she continues to convince people that her true calling may be on the hardwood.

Larsen is averaging 19.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.2 blocks a game, making her one of the most dominant players in the state.

"I'm a little biased that way, but I thought she was [the state's best player] last year," Viewmont coach Clint Straatman said. "I do think she is this year, too. She does so many different things. She flirts with triple doubles, and you don't see that with girls. She can score, she can rebound, she's a willing passer."

Straatman said the only player he's coached with ability like Larsen's was a girl in Idaho who wound up playing for Stanford. He believes Larsen could have a similar future if she chose basketball.

"She's a great team leader," Straatman said. "She likes that responsibility and does a great job keeping her team focused."

Opening eyes

Juan Diego point guard Gabe Colosimo is unassuming off the court — not the type you'd expect to dazzle on the basketball floor.

But that's where you'd be wrong.

The junior fills up the stat sheet, averaging more than 20 points, four assists, four rebounds and four steals.

When asked about Colosimo, Juan Diego coach Drew Trost had high praise. Trost coached previously in Indiana, and he said Colosimo could start at guard at any school in the Hoosier state.

"That says a lot," Trost said, adding that Oregon State scouts were at a recent game to look at Colosimo. "In my mind, if he's not the best point guard [in Utah], he's got to be one of. Being new to Salt Lake City, I haven't seen that many teams, but from the ones I've seen and scouted, he's the best." —