Boys High School Basketball

Five players to watch at the Idaho boys basketball state tournament

Borah’s Talon Pinckey goes up against a Centennial defender in the 5A District Three boys basketball championship Feb. 26 at Borah High. The Lions defeated the Patriots 43-32.
Borah’s Talon Pinckey goes up against a Centennial defender in the 5A District Three boys basketball championship Feb. 26 at Borah High. The Lions defeated the Patriots 43-32. doswald@idahostatesman.com

CONNOR HARDING, HIGHLAND

The athletic 6-5 wing continues the Rams’ tradition of producing Division I prospects. The reigning first-team All-Idaho member and four-star recruit, according to ESPN.com, signed with BYU in November. Harding, who picked BYU over Arizona State and Idaho State, is averaging 17.9 points during his senior year.

KOLBY LEE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN

The 6-9 center began the season with offers from Boise State, Utah State and Portland, Rocky Mountain coach Dane Roy said. A lingering stress fracture in his foot forced him to miss the first 10 games of the year. But the ESPN four-star recruit is averaging 14.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks since returning.

TALON PINCKNEY, CENTENNIAL

The 5-10, lightning fast point guard instantly made the Patriots more potent when he transferred from Capital. Five Centennial players average more than eight points per game, including Pinckney (8.4), thanks in part to his 5.8 assists per game. He’s also shown he’s not afraid of the big moment, hitting a buzzer-beater vs. Borah.

NICK FITTS, MELBA

Teammates call him “The Hobbit,” a reference to his 5-7 frame. But the junior guard and three-year starter can light it up, averaging 23.3 points per game. He’s shooting 40 percent (97-of-241) behind the arc, and he set the Mustangs’ single-game record when he dropped 48 points on Marsing, including 12 3-pointers.

TRAVIS YENOR, AMBROSE

The 6-7 forward does it all, averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.3 blocks. He signed with The Master’s College, an NAIA program. But after the school fired its coach, Yenor has reopened his recruitment and has four offers from Division I and Division II schools, his father, Scott, said.

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