SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: "Wasatch Academy Has The Best Basketball Team In The State. All It Took Was A Little Sacrifice."

 
(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wasatch Academy head coach David Evans gathers his team during a time out.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wasatch Academy head coach David Evans gathers his team during a time out.

 

by Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune

(January 2, 2019) — On a sprawling 35-acre property, miles away from the state’s urban core, sits an inconspicuous brick building that looks like it’s been there 200 years. Inside, shiny hardwood, squeaky-clean backboards and multiple championship banners set the scene for what occurs there on a daily basis.

On this clear, crisp December day, the Wasatch Academy basketball team practices full speed, repeating sets that end in lob passes or post-ups. The cuts are sharp, the screens hard, the shots smooth.

But while the Tigers work up an early-morning sweat, preparing to embark on one of their many road trips, most everyone around them enjoys their winter break. Not one of the other members of the student body was stirring. All across campus, the classes were empty, the doors locked. A skeleton crew of administrators sat at their desks working.

It’s a routine these basketball players know all too well. But it comes with the territory of being the best team in the state of Utah, boasting a 15-0 record, including high-caliber wins against national powers. Then gain, it comes with the territory of being a top-five team in the country, according to MaxPreps.

“It's a sacrifice to be at this level with this team,” says Ty Kennedy, director of basketball at Wasatch Academy.

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