Martin Luther King Classic boys basketball tourney features ‘best team’ to ever play in Utah

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

FILE: West Jordan and Bingham play a boys high school basketball game at West Jordan on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Bingham won 54-50.

SALT LAKE CITY — Basketball junkie?

Monday’s Martin Luther King Day will showcase a six-team, one-day high school basketball tournament at Salt Lake Community College. ItThe Martin Luther King Classic will feature top local teams, plus some out-of-state squads which have received national attention because of their potential Division I stars.

This will certainly provide a hoop fix.

“This is a great opportunity to see some of the up-and-coming talent in the state playing against some very good teams for a good cause,” said organizer Golden Holt, Orem High’s basketball coach.

The event will be held on the SLCC campus, 4600 South Redwood Road.

No. 2 (4A) ranked Sky View (7-4) will open the tournament at 1 p.m. against No. 3 ranked Dixie (9-2). Bingham, the defending 5A state champions, will take on Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, California) at 3 p.m. The California team won the state 7A title last year and are 14-0 this year. MaxPreps has ranked Bishop Montgomery No. 10 in the nation. The Knights feature David Singleton, a 6-4, senior guard, who is ranked in ESPN’s top 100 players. He signed with UCLA.

“There are several tournaments around the country that play on Martin Luther King Day,” Holt said. “I thought it might be fun to add a second tournament in addition to the (Vivint Great Western) shootout so we can continue to show off the talent of Utah basketball to the world. I hope this will be an annual tournament.”

American Fork will play British Columbia Christian Academy at 5 p.m. Isaac Johnson, a 6-10 junior who is averaging 18.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, leads the Cavemen in scoring. BC Christian is a lengthy and athletic team. Its smallest player on its starting five is 6-6.

Olympus, the only undefeated team left in Utah at 11-0, is ranked No. 1 in 5A. The Titans play Orem at 7 p.m.

According to Holt, Olympus has plenty of talent returning from last year’s loss to Springville in the state 4A title game. Rylan Jones

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