Boys High School Basketball

2016 3A All-Idaho boys basketball team

Parma’s Tanner Kramer (3) runs through the crowd after the Panthers’ victory over Fruitland in the state championship game.
Parma’s Tanner Kramer (3) runs through the crowd after the Panthers’ victory over Fruitland in the state championship game. kjones@idahostatesman.com

BOYS FIRST TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TANNER KRAMER, PARMA

 

Why he is Player of the Year: The Panthers, seeded fourth in their six-team district tournament, surprised everyone with their program’s first state title. The 6-2 senior point guard led the charge with 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Coach’s comment: “(He) was the best player on the state championship team,” Parma coach Scot Garrick said.

What others are saying: “As soon as he is past halfcourt, you have to guard him,” Emmett coach Greg Daniels said. “Then he drives by the defender for a layup or finds a teammate for an open shot.”

What’s next: Kramer is talking with several NAIA schools to continue his career.

HAYDEN ECKERT, BUHL

 

As a four-year starter, the Indians went 82-22 under their 5-10 senior point guard. A three-time, first-team All-Idaho pick, Eckert averaged 19.9 points, 4.5 assists and 2.4 steals and set school career records in all three categories.

MICHAEL LIVELY, BUHL

 

The 6-6 senior center averaged a double-double (13.9 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the third straight year and shot 65 percent from the field. The three-year starter and 2015 first-team All-Idaho pick dominated at state, shooting 23-of-33 from the field with 30 rebounds.

ALEC POPE, SOUTH FREMONT

 

The Mountain Rivers Conference Player of the Year makes his second straight appearance on the first team. The 5-11 senior point guard averaged 13.7 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game while turning in a 3.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

CLANCY THOMAS, SNAKE RIVER

 

The 6-5 sophomore forward flashed quickness and athleticism that will make him a headache for opponents for the next two seasons. He averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Snake River to the state consolation championship.

SECOND TEAM

Player

School

Height

Year

Position

Stats

Tyler Eiguren

Fruitland

6-3

Junior

Post

12 ppg, 6 reb

Kasey Crossland

Buhl

6-3

Senior

Guard

10.7 ppg, 5.4 reb, 1.8 stl

Colton Merges

Parma

6-5

Senior

Post

10.5 ppg, 9.3 reb, 3.2 blk

Blake Bartschi

South Fremont

6-6

Junior

Forward

12.5 ppg, 10.1 reb, 2.0 stl

Connor Carter

Homedale

6-3

Senior

Forward

15.9 ppg, 10.5 reb, 3.4 ast

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