All-Bingham County boys basketball team
BLACKFOOT — Spring has finally sprung in Eastern Idaho and as the frequent wind storms become the norm and the NCAA Tournament is winding down and high schoolers all over are in the final few months of the school year.
And while the spring sports are in full swing let's take a brief look back at the boys high school basketball season and hand out the last postseason honors for the players in Bingham County as I name my All-Bingham County boys basketball team.
While just one of the teams from Bingham County came home with a state title, Firth, it was a very successful season of basketball in the county.
The format for this team follows all the others, the criteria was based off of what I personally saw all season. There will be three teams and while I no doubt could have picked every player from every team to be recognized I picked the best 15 players in my opinion from Bingham County.
Without further ado here are the players on the All-County team.
Curtis Keller — Snake River
At 6-foot-5 Keller proved to be a tough match-up for every team they Panthers played this season except for one and that one was Shelley.
Keller used his long arms and leaping ability to be a force on the defensive side of the ball all season long. With his ability to block shots not only close to the basket but also from 10-15 feet from the basket he made it difficult for opponents to get much productivity from the post.
On offense Keller was a walking double-double.
At 6-5 he was a weapon around the basket and from the low post, but what made Keller such a weapon was his ability to knock down the 15 foot jumper when left open.
While the Panthers did not reach their goal of winning a second consecutive state championship, the team was very successful recording 20 wins on the season. Keller was a big part of that success.
Kade Keller — Snake River
If you took a look at the season stats for the Panthers there was one thing that would jump out right away, that was the play of Keller.
The senior wing player was the most consistent scorer for the Panthers all season and could take over a game at any moment with his play.
In the 3A District 5 championship game Keller exploded for a game-high 27 points doing both with his jump shot and his aggressive driving to the basket.
Keller picked up his scoring as the season progressed and peaked in the district tournament, but one the Panthers reached the state tournament all of the Panthers including Keller lost the shooting touch.
On defense Keller also used his height and long arms to create havoc for opponents. Often times Keller had to guard the opponents taller players or even their bet shooters. With his size he was able to keep opponents in check.
Tyler Fredrickson — Shelley
There may have been no player in the county more valuable to their team than Fredrickson.
Fredrickson led the Russets to the consolation championship game at the state tournament before the season finally came to an end against conference opponent Sugar-Salem.
After being carried by the graduated McKay Cannon and Chad Leckington to the 3A title game last season, Fredrickson emerged as the leader of the Russets midway through the season.
For a team with no super stars Fredrickson was the captain of the Russets offense and was one of their one-two punch at guard with Blaine Rumsey.
After non-conference struggles, Fredrickson established himself as a big reason for the Russets success in league play and their run to the state tournament.
In the state play-in win over Bear Lake Fredrickson used his speed to drive to the basket for layups and then would step back and it big jump shots.
But of all the wins the Russets had this season, Fredrickson seemed to play his best basketball against county rival Snake River.
Fredrickson scored 20-plus in each of the Russets wins over the Panthers this season including ending the defending state champs at the state tournament.
Kaden Loveland — Blackfoot
There were not many bright spots for the Blackfoot Broncos this season, but one of them was the play of senior Kaden Loveland.
Loveland carried the Broncos night in and night out as the Broncos most consistent shooter and defender.
Offensively Loveland was deadly accurate from the three point line and was extremely aggressive driving to the basket as he was the only Broncos player to average double figure points on the season.
Defensively Loveland guarded the opponents shooting guards and did a good job all year keeping most of them in check.
while the season was nowhere close to what the Broncos had hoped for as the team recorded just four wins, it was not because of a lack of effort.
Jordan Chapman — Firth
As one of just two seniors on the Cougars roster this season, Chapman was going to be counted on to be a leader during the season.
Chapman's leadership and scoring was a big part of the Cougars run towards the 2A state championship this season.
Chapman showed thew ability to take over games for a Cougar team that may have been one of the most balanced in the state all year long.
And during the state tournament Chapman helped lead the Cougars to three relatively easy wins to help give head coach Scott Adams his fifth championship in his 10 years as head coach.
Chapman averaged close to 10 points per game on the season and was one of four Cougars to accomplish that feat.
As the one senior who had extended playing time Chapman carried the Cougars at times with his shooting and ball handling ability.
On defense he was a key part to the Cougars defense that had the ability to shut down opponents at any time.
Aaron Vail — Blackfoot
Carter Cannon — Shelley
Brad Coombs — Snake River
Braydon Adams — Firth
Ethan Elliott — Aberdeen
Dallan Bingham — Firth
Connor Burkhart — Firth
Kade Harral — Snake River
Blaine Rumsey — Shelley
Dalton Nelson — Shelley