Wilstead Highlights Seven All-State Basketball Players From Local Area


Emery’s Dillon Wilstead was named the Deseret News’ 2A MVP Monday night while six other players from the local area were named to all-state teams ranging from 1A-3A.

Wilstead led Emery in scoring at 14.7 ppg and assists with 3.8 pg. He also hit 38 threes on the year, good for second on the team. In an important Region 15 game at North Sevier on Jan. 30, a game that went into overtime, Wilstead poured in a career-high 35, helping to break a two-way tie with the Wolves atop the region standings.

Two other Spartans found themselves on the list as well. Senior forward Tyson Roper was named to the 2A Second Team after averaging 10.6 ppg and grabbing over five rebounds per game. Perhaps the best game of his career came in the 2A Championship game against Manti in which he scored 17 points, snatched 10 boards and dished out five assists.

Senior guard Tai Justice was named to the third team. Justice averaged just shy of 10 ppg and nailed a team-high 59 3-pointers, which led 2A. He nailed a career-high six triples in a Dec. 12 matchup against Manti en route to 22 points.

Cole Fossat was the lone Carbon Dino named to the 3A team. The junior sharpshooter was named to the honorable mention team after leading his team in scoring at a 15.3 per game clip. He also chipped in 3.5 apg and 3.1 rpg. Fossat connected on a team-best 48 three pointers. He scored 25 or more four times this season, including a 28-point performance at Emery on Jan. 9 in which he nailed a career-high six threes.

Three Green River Pirates were named to the 1A team. Seniors TJ Hughes and Jonathan Mendez were first teamers and senior Chance Pfander was named to the honorable mention team.

Hughes led the Pirates in scoring at 15.9 ppg. He bumped that average to 17 during the Pirates’ run to the 1A Championship game, a game they lost to the Rich Rebels 65-45. He also connected on a team-high 37 threes on the year.

Mendez and Pfander were right next to each other in the scoring column, averaging 12.6 and 12.4 ppg, respectively.

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