Fremont High School’s Dallin Hall, the 2020 Deseret News Mr. Basketball, is photographed in Plain City on Thursday, March 19, 2020.” src=”https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/04NVUdT1HiZbQ_r3escfmw_mZJI=/350×0:3750×2550/1310×983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/66557304/merlin_2156287.0.jpg”>Fremont High School’s Dallin Hall, the 2020 Deseret News Mr. Basketball, is photographed in Plain City, Weber County, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
PLAIN CITY, Weber County — On the west side of the gymnasium at Fremont High School, high above the hardwood floor, hang two banners. One is dedicated to Jared Jensen, the 2001 Deseret News Mr. Basketball award recipient. The other is in recognition of Shelbee Molen, the 2014 Deseret News Ms. Basketball award winner.
On the first day of practice in the summer, ahead of the recently concluded 2019-20 season, Fremont head coach Corey Melaney grabbed senior guard Dallin Hall and walked him over to those banners.
From the moment Hall stepped foot on campus as a freshman, Melaney knew he was different.
“It is a huge honor to me, because of all the guys before me that have won this award. You see the college careers they’ve had and you know the type of players they are. For me to be put into that category is a huge honor.” — Dallin Hall
“It was pretty evident, pretty clear that he was the guy,” he said.
After Hall’s junior season, Melaney was convinced that Hall was the best prep basketball player in Utah.
“There are a lot of great players, but by the end of his junior year, it was like ‘OK, this kid is the best player in the state,’” Melaney said.
With Hall heading into his final high school season, Melaney believed it was about time the rest of the state understood that as well.
“I said ‘Hey, we need to put another banner up there,’” said Melaney.
Hall looked at the banners, then his coach and replied “Yeah, that’d be cool.”
His response belied just how much he really wanted it.
The future BYU Cougar is the most “disciplined, dedicated and smartest basketball player” Melaney has ever coached, and competitive to boot.
He didn’t just want to be Mr. Basketball. He wanted to win a state championship. He wanted it all.
“He told me ‘I want a state championship,’” Melaney said. “I said ‘Yeah, me too.’”
Fremont won that state championship, when the Silverwolves defeated the Davis Darts 55-52 in the 6A state title game.
And now Hall will get a banner up on the …read more
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