OGDEN — It’s not breaking news that Lone Peak is rather talented. It’s not unknown that the Knights are BYU’s farm league program, either.
Next year, Nick Emery and Eric Mika will jump on I15 and take their talents from Highland to Provo. The following year, T.J. Haws will switch from black and gold to blue and white. The other guard, Connor Toolson, will also play Division-1 basketball but remains undeclared.
That’s four. The fifth is Talon Shumway.
Shumway won’t be playing basketball next season, but that certainly doesn’t mean he won’t be playing for the Cougars. Shumway, perhaps the best athlete on the team — and one of the tops in the state — will play on the gridiron after his time at Lone Peak.
However, Shumway may be the glue that brings the mass talent together. He’s the best defender on the team — something he’s displayed countless of times in football. His ability to move laterally mixed with his brute strength is what Bronco Mendenhall and his staff saw in him.
Shumway is averaging 6.5 points per game. Obviously not comparable to his counterparts. But, in the state tournament, Shumway scored 11 points against West Jordan and a career high 25 points against Davis with six 3-pointers.
Shumway has always been able to score, he’s just elected not to and with the teammates he’s surrounded by with — why not? He wants to win, and if there’s something that Lone Peak knows how to do it’s exactly that.