SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - It was another spectacular year in high school basketball, and it was extremely difficult to name our most valuable players in each class. But we took our best shot and came up with our winners.
In 5A, our MVP is West Jordan star Jordan Loveridge. Loveridge put up the best stats in the class, scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Jaguars. The Utah-bound power forward was also a force on the defensive end. Other contenders included last year's MVP, Nick Emery of Lone Peak and his Knights teammate T.J. Haws.
In 4A, Orem High's Dalton Nixon wins the MVP. Nixon came up the huge in the biggest game of them all, scoring 18 points in the Tigers win over Olympus in the 4A title game. Nixon was the biggest reason why Orem won its first championship in school history and finished the season with a 24-1 record. Other candidates included East's Parker Van Dyke, Olympus star Will Cannon, and Orem's Zach Hunsaker.
Our 3A most valuable player is Wasatch High's Matt Pelo, who led the class in scoring at 20 points per game. Boston Gubler of the state champion Hurricane Tigers was also a finalist.
Our 2A most valuable player is Race Parsons of the state champion South Sevier Rams. Parsons poured in 24 points per game. Our 1A most valuable player is Green River's Justin Johnson, who led the entire state in scoring at 33 points per game.