This photo from last year's game shows Wasatch Academy's center, Jackson Rowe (No. 21, left one of the two jumping), as he attempts to tip the ball to teammate Josip Vrankic (in background) as the seventh-seeded Tigers faced the second-ranked Oak Hills Academy from Virginia

This photo from last year’s game shows Wasatch Academy’s center, Jackson Rowe (No. 21, left one of the two jumping), as he attempts to tip the ball to teammate Josip Vrankic (in background) as the seventh-seeded Tigers faced the second-ranked Oak Hills Academy from Virginia.

 

Wasatch Tigers head to nationals for second year in a row

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

3-23-2017

MT. PLEASANT—For the second straight year, Wasatch Academy is getting the opportunity to represent at the highest level.

The No. 15-ranked Tigers’ basketball team was invited last week to participate in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Basketball Tournament. Head Coach Curtis Condie wasted no time in announcing the news over his social media with excitement.

“It is a great honor to be able to be invited to play in Dicks Nationals,” head coach Curtis Condie said. “This team has earned it and it will a wonderful opportunity for our program again.”

The Tigers played their way to a 23-4 record this year, going 8-0 against Utah teams and 9-0 in home games. Only one of their losses came against a team ranked outside of the MaxPreps National Top 25. Two of Wasatch’s starters committed already to play for Division I programs, with forward Josip Vrankic committed to Santa Clara University, and star forward Emmanuel Akot committed to the University of Arizona (see article).

The tournament is set to take place from Thursday, March 30, to Saturday, April 1, in New York City at Christ the King High School. Wasatch begins the tournament as the eighth seed and will face the top seed in the bracket, La Lumiere, Indiana.

Last year, the Tigers got into the tournament but fell in the first round to eventual champion Oak Hill Academy, Virginia, 81-64. The Tiger’s continued success continues to reach new heights with their independent status in Utah boys basketball.