Utah Reign-ing Threes at Under Armour Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest

Nick Emery
(Photo by: Kelly Kline)

They don’t dunk, they don’t throw alley-oops, and the entire roster attends the same high school. On top of that, they are a legitimate powerhouse and should make a deep run in the 2012 Philly Jam Fest.

Based out of Highland, Utah, the Reign program is simply an AAU version of Lone Peak High School’s basketball team. All eleven players on the Reign’s 17U roster attend and play basketball at Lone Peak, where they are coached by Quincy Lewis.

As one might guess, Lewis also coaches the Utah Reign squad, and discussed the benefits of keeping a team together throughout the year.

“Lone Peak is our high school and our AAU team, too. Obviously that helps us be competitive in high school; we play against the best competition in events like this,” Lewis said.

“We also have a little bit of an advantage when we come out here in that we are familiar with each other…it’s good all the way around.

Star guard and BYU commit Nick Emery averaged 21 points per game for Lone Peak this year, and scored 34 in Utah Reign’s opening game at the Philly Jam Fest. Adding 12 rebounds in the 75-46 win, Emery spoke about the experience of playing in the event.

“It’s great competition here…you don’t see this back in Utah. It’s a lot more up-and-down here, it’s a lot more physical…it’s a lot harder, but it helps us grow as a team and that’s why we come back to these [Jam Fests],” the junior said.

As a member of the class of 2013, Emery is a rising senior and is beginning to look ahead towards playing at BYU.

“BYU is a great program…it all worked out for me. My religion, my standards, and everything. It all worked out.”

“I can play the one guard, two guard, three, or wherever they need me. I’ll be ready for whatever…that’s my plan right now.”

Utah Reign played the final game of Friday night at Competitive Edge Sports, Philly Jam Fest’s headquarters. As the facility slowly emptied, many coaches and interested fans flocked towards court two, where the team’s fundamental play and selflessness provided a fitting end to a great first night of basketball.

Keep up with Reign’s run at Philly Jam Fest by monitoring our 17U Gold Bracket.

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