Alta sophomore Landon Albrecht unofficially graduated to junior status after his performance in the first round of the 5A playoffs at the Maverik Center on Tuesday.
Albrecht scored 10 points, knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with five rebounds in Alta’s convincing 58-46 victory over Davis.
It was just the third time all year that Albrecht has scored in double figures.
“I was most happy with my sophomore Landon Albrecht who stepped up big time. I thought he really grew up in this game,” said Alta coach Jim Barker.
Barker is pretty sure Davis’ game plan was to back off Albrecht and let other players beat the Darts. Albrecht capitalized with a pair of 3-pointers in the first half.
“I say he’s grown up cause I think about where he was three months ago. Three months ago he might’ve shied away from some of those shots, but now he’s pretty confident he can hit them. He’s hit a number of big ones as the season’s worn on,” said Barker.
Albrecht said he always tries to come ready to play from the opening tip, and in the biggest game to date for the Hawks, he was at his best.
“I’ve had enough big games, I just don’t feel like I’m a sophomore anymore. I just try to play my best and be like a senior,” said Albrecht.
Albrecht’s older brother Austin graduated from Alta last year, and was a football and basketball star for the Hawks. He’s moved on to play football at Utah State. The younger Albrecht might have a career ahead of him in basketball.
“They’re completely different players. Landon looks like a basketball player. Austin is a football player playing basketball. Landon is a true basketball player. I’m excited, I’ve got some good kids coming up in the next few years,” said Barker.
One of the intangibles that’s helped Albrecht be so successful as a sophomore this year is his positioning. Barker said he has an uncanny knack for being in the right place a lot, which make him a great help defender for his teammates.