Two boys basketball student athletes earn All-State honors

Nine high school basketball players representing San Juan County were named to All-State basketball teams for the 2023-24 winter sports season that recently came to a close.
The Deseret News released its list of girls and boys basketball honorees on March 26 and 27 based exclusively on coaches’ votes from a list of nominated players from each team.
The Record is proud to present each of these outstanding student athletes along with photos and comments from their coaches.

Lyric Phillips 1A Boys First Team
Whitehorse Senior Guard
672 points, 26.9 ppg, 130 threes 14 threes in a game, 55 pts in a game 74 pts at state, 24.7 ppg at state

Lyric Phillips played an absolutely outstanding senior year, one that will be remembered at Whitehorse High School and in the Utah Boys Basketball Records Book for many years to come.
He scored 672 points which led the Utah 1A and was second among all classifications. His 130 three-pointers this season is a new Utah State record, breaking the previous record of 117 set in the 2018-19 season.
On February 16 Phillips scored 14 three-pointers against Shiprock Northwest, which set another Utah State record. The 55 points he scored in that game is fifth-most in one game in state history.
And he led scoring at the 1A boys state tournament with 74 points despite the Raiders playing in only three of the possible four games.
Head Coach Evan Grant: “Lyric is a great leader and a good friend and big brother to his teammates. He took care of them in times of need and I couldn’t have asked for a better leader.
“He played hard, never complained, and did what he had to do to be successful. He was a leader on and off the court and was determined to be great.
“His hard work and perseverance paid off. He had one of the most amazing seasons a basketball player could have. He pushed his teammates at practice and during games to be better, and they followed.
“He was always wanting to work harder to get better. His drive to be successful made everyone around him want to be better. It didn’t matter if it was the coaches or his teammates.”

Anthony Done 2A Boys Honorable Mention
San Juan Senior Guard
328 pts, 13.1 ppg, 12 3s, 6 rpg, 5.7 apg, 3.2 spg

Head Coach Easton Nielson: “I am excited for Anthony and his achievement of receiving honorable mention in the All-State awards for this past season. Anthony was an important part of our team and made significant contributions all year long and is well deserving of such recognition. He has worked hard throughout all his years within our program and we wish him the best as he begins to tackle bigger things in the next chapter of his life.”

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