Utah, Is This the Last Mormon Left in March Madness?
March Madness is about surviving.
Right now, there are only 16 teams left.
My question is: how many Latter Day-Saint players remain?
We know that when the tournament started there were a bunch:
Steven Ashworth - USU
Ashworth was an LDS missionary in Indiana. He's from Lone Peak high school. For some reason Brigham Young University didn't recruit him very hard and this season he was one of the best three point shooters in the country.
In October 2021, Ashworth recounted how he used his basketball skills to find people to teach on his mission. “We had a term in the mission called Beat to Teach; if you beat someone in one-on-one, then you got to share a little message with them,” he said.
Link to full article here.
Unfortunately, Ashworth Missouri was the one teaching the lessons in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies didn't shoot well in the first round and they were eliminated. So, unfortunately, Ashworth is gone, as are any of the other LDS kids on Utah State like Trevin Dorius, Mason Falslev, Isaac Johnson and Landon Brenchley.
Boise State's Jace Whiting has also been eliminated from the tournament.
I saw Whiting play in the Mountain West tournament up close. He was a ferocious defender and somebody who you could see playing in a carpeted cultural hall. Boise went down in the first round too.
Former BYU forward and current Baylor Bear Caleb Lohner is also out of the tournament. I had my money on him to be the last LDS player standing but Baylor got ousted by Creighton last night.
So, who does that leave us as the last LDS player standing??
You guessed it, former American Fork Mr. Basketball Jaxon Kohler. What a shocker, Tom Izzo and the Spartans are overachieving again in the tournament. Way to go Jaxon! Utah's huge LDS population is cheering for you!