Lone Peak’s Chase Hansen is no stranger to publicity in the Beehive State.
The 2012 reception of the Deseret News Mr. Football award guided the Knights to a perfect 14-0 record and the 5A state championship. The 6-foot-4 quintessential duel-threat quarterback completed 60 percent of his passes over the course of the season for 3,066 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior. He also scampered for 1,404 yards and 16 scores on the ground.
This isn’t news to anyone that follows Utah high school athletics.
What’s seemingly slipped beneath the cracks, however, is that Hansen leads Lone Peak’s defending state title basketball team in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and is arguably the best defender.
On the hardwood, Hansen isn’t regarded as an offensive threat; only averaging 3.5 points per game. Yet, he does everything that doesn’t show in the stat-sheet for the Knights.
In the Lone Peak’s 56-36 5A quarterfinal win against Northridge at the Maverik Center Thursday – Hansen locked down ‘Ridge’s leading scorer, Karson Casteel. In 28 minutes, he limited Casteel to two points on 1-of-4 shooting.
“(Casteel) is a darn good player,” said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis. “He (had) two points and that’s Chase Hansen. He did a great job.”
In the process, Hansen grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, seven coming off the offensive glass and chipped in seven points.
In the fourth quarter, up 40-27, Hansen closed the script on Northridge with a demoralizing 3-pointer from the near-side wing.
As he trotted down the court the Lone Peak student section began chanting, “Golden Boy, Golden Boy.”
“That’s kind of been one of their things all year,” Hansen laughed. “Obviously, I don’t do a whole lot to get them to chant. It makes you feel kind of good when that happens.”
Hansen, a University of Utah football commit, ironically will face one of his future classmates Friday in the semifinals against West Jordan at 5:30 p.m.
Jordan Loveridge, the state’s top basketball recruit and Utah signee, is 5A’s leading scorer and rebounder. In the Jaguars dismantling, 73-50, win against Bingham Thursday, Loveridge dropped 25 points and hauled in 19 rebound with three 3-pointers.
“Great team, great player,” said Hansen about Loveridge. “We’ll be ready and I’m excited for the task. There’s nothing like this tournament – I can’t wait.”