A Young Man’s Game: UV’s best prep sports basketball players

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This picture is going to be worth something someday.

Utah Valley has bounced its way onto the map as a basketball town, and here’s the height and might to prove it.

Utah Valley Magazine’s draft selections include top ballers in each grade from 7th to 12th. We maneuvered around practices and mom’s carpool schedules to get together the six best jerseys coming up the ranks for a photo shoot at Lone Peak High School (previous national champs on the court).

Just remember you saw them here first. #wishthispagewasautographed


Riley Court

Riley Court

Riley Court, Senior

Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove High School)

6-foot-4, guard

Committed to Weber State

Parents: Matt & Kim Court

College/pro player you like to watch: Aaron Craft. I love his effort level.

Best part of your game: Shooting

Working on: Dunking

Favorite place to score on the floor: The paint

Best basketball memory: Playing in the state championship game

Favorite non-sports hobby Pingpong

Favorite  school subject: Psychology

Career plans (other than pro basketball): Psychologist

Friday night plans: Hanging out with friends and playing pingpong

Favorite place to eat: Rumbi Island Grill

Favorite website: YouTube

Favorite sports brand: Adidas

Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire

Advice for younger players: Believe in yourself and go after your dreams.


Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson

Frank Jackson, Junior

Highland (Lone Peak High School)

6-foot-3, guard

Committed to BYU

Parents: Al & Juleen Jackson

College/pro player you like to watch: Chris Paul. He makes everyone around him better.

Best part of your game: Athleticism

Working on: Shooting range

Favorite place to score on the floor: The rim

Best basketball memory: Winning the state championship last year

Favorite non-sports hobby: Boating

Favorite school subject: Math

Career plans (other than pro basketball): CEO of a company

Favorite social media platform: Instagram @FranklinJackson5

Favorite place to eat: Koi

Favorite website: Ballislife.com

Favorite sports brand: Nike

Favorite TV show: Sanford & Son

Advice for younger players: Always work to improve your game and stay focused.


Christian Popoola

Christian Popoola

Christian Popoola Jr., Sophomore

Alpine (Lone Peak High School)

6-foot-3, guard

Parents: Christian Popoola, Sr. & Sharone Jennings

College/pro player you like to watch: Magic Johnson

Best part of your game: Athleticism

Working on: 3-point consistency

Favorite place to score on the floor: The rim

Best basketball memory: Scoring 32 points and having 10 assists in the first half of a game in 8th grade.

Favorite non-sports hobby: Chess

Favorite school subject: Math

Career plans (other than pro basketball): CEO of company

Friday night plans: Movies with friends

Favorite social media platform: Instagram @cpopoola2360

Favorite place to eat: Red Iguana

Favorite website: hoopmixtape.com

Favorite sports brand: Nike

Favorite TV show: Tom & Jerry

Advice for younger players: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.


Hunter Erickson

Hunter Erickson

Hunter Erickson, Freshman

Provo (Timpview High School)

6-foot, guard

Parents: David & DeAnn Erickson

College/pro player you like to watch: Derrick Rose because I like his explosiveness and ability to finish.

Best part of your game: 3-point shooting and driving

Working on: 360 dunks and off-the-ball defense

Favorite place to score on the floor: Long 3-pointer or driving to the basket

Best basketball memory: Winning free throw contest at the age of 4 in the 6-8-year-old category at the Matt Harpring Camp.

Favorite non-sports hobby: Motorbiking

Favorite school subject: P.E.

Career plans (other than pro basketball): Entrepreneur

Friday night plans: Basketball games or be with friends

Favorite social media platform: Twitter

Favorite place to eat: Tucanos

Favorite website: YouTube

Favorite sports brands: Nike and Under Armour


Matthew Van Komen

Matthew Van Komen

Matthew Van Komen, 8th Grade

Lehi (Willow Creek Middle School)

7-foot-2, center

Parents: Troy van Komen & Lindsay Allen

College/pro player you like to watch: Kevin Durant

Best part of your game: Defense

Working on: Dribbling

Favorite place to score on the floor: The block

Best basketball memory: My first dunk in a game.

Favorite non-sports hobby: Playing video games

Favorite school subject: Weights

Career plans (other than pro basketball): Engineer

Friday night plans: Hanging out with friends

Favorite social media platform: Facebook

Favorite place to eat: In-N-Out Burger

Favorite sports brand: Nike

Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”

Advice for younger players: Practice dribbling.


Corbin Zenten

Corbin Zenten

Corbin Zentner, 7th Grade

Saratoga Springs (Vista Heights Middle School)

5-foot-2, guard

Parents: Troy & Holly Zentner

College/pro player you like to watch: Chris Paul. He is fun to watch and an amazing ball handler.

Best part of your game: Ball handling

Working on: My range on the 3-point line and comfort in the key.

Favorite place to score on the floor: Pull-up jumper from the elbow

Best basketball memory: Winning Bantam two years in a row.

Favorite non-sports hobby: Fishing

Favorite school subjects: Math and P.E.

Career plans (other than pro basketball): Eye surgeon

Friday night plans: Movies

Favorite social media platform: Instragram

Favorite place to eat: IHOP

Favorite website: YouTube

Favorite sports brand: Nike

Favorite TV show: SportsCenter

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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