Lone Peak HS in general and Nick Emery, T.J. Haws and to some extent, Conner Toolson, in particular, continue to make believers out of those media types who cover recruiting and the prep basketball scene nationwide.
Emery lit up Lincoln HS of Brooklyn Saturday night 90-63 in a game at the Brandon Jennings Invitational inMilwaukee. Emery had 31 points and T.J. Haws added 19. He was 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
Lincoln was a top 25 rated national program. They have produced such players as Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair.
That makes the 22 points scored by Conner Toolson in a reserve role impressive. Lone Peak already has three players committed to the Cougars for the future in Emery and Eric Mika, a 6-8 front court player who is not eligible to play this season because of a transfer issue. He like Emery are both juniors.
Haws is only a sophomore and could be the best of the bunch, but it is Emery who now being tabbed the next Jimmer Fredette for Dave Rose and his program by national prep pundits.
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Toolson is also only a junior and the son of former Cougar Andy Toolson. He is a shooter, but still looks like he only 13-14 years old physically.
If he can bulk up with weight and strength during the next two years, we will not be surprised to see him as another Lone Peak recruit headed to BYU. He is already on the Cougar radar and coaches have been following this current Lone Peak crew for years since they were all in the eighth grade.
Toolson is listed at 6-2, but that might be a stretch. Our eyeballs have him at about a buck fifty weight wise. If he gets stronger and can fill out and continue to grow, he is a definite Division I player.
Two other division I players, both of whom have signed with the Cougars and will go on LDS missions are having nice years.
Cory Calvert, the 6-4 guard from Chaparral HS in Colorado, returning to action after suffering a broken wrist a few weeks back, scored 9 points against top rated East HS of Denver 65-62. The game was played at East. East is the same team that was burned, torched and deep fried a few weeks ago by Lone Peak.
Jordan Chatman of Union HS in Camas, WA, hit for 22 points last Friday for Union HS in a 91-75 win over Heritage HS.