They Start Younger Every Year

Only 3 freshmen in state of Utah started at the varsity level last year. One of them was Ben Aird, a huge Basketball prospect with high expectations. TBS talked with Aird about his game and where he would like to take it in the future.

The 6'9" 230-pound freshman center from Bountiful High School came on the prep scene and made some big noise.

"I averaged 16 points 3 or 4 blocks and 8 or 9 rebounds," Said Ben Aird. "I was also named All-State honorable mention."

The well-spoken and confident Aird said that he was excited to start on the varsity level and loved the experience he gained.

"It was an awesome experience," Aird said "I had one game where I scored 28 points. It was really cool"

Aird was recently invited to the exclusive, invitation only Nike Jamboree in St. Louis on June 15th. He garnered this invite by turning a lot of heads the last few months while traveling the U.S. with his AAU team the Utah Swoosh.

"I've been playing all around," Aird said. "We went to Virginia for a tournament, Texas for the Kingwood Classic, and others. That's where coaches have been noticing me"

Only a freshman, Aird has not received any scholarship offers yet, but he has been hearing from the coaches of some big time programs.

"I've been getting letters from Indiana, Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA," Aird said. "It's been a real honor to receive interest from these big programs."

Utah and BYU are also in the mix.

"Utah is showing a lot interest," Aird said. "I have had a lot of contact with Ray Giacoletti."

BYU is also a school of interest for Aird.

"I've known Coach Rose for awhile now," Aird said. "He is a great guy."

As far as a favorite team goes, Aird said he would love to fulfill a childhood dream and play for a team like Duke or North Carolina.

"My parents are leaving the college decision up to me," Aird said. "But they would like me to stay in state so they can see me play. My dad went to Utah and is a big Utah fan, and my mom went to BYU and she is the biggest BYU fan around. But I want to choose a college where I can be a main factor."

LDS mission plans are a definite part of Aird's future and he likes how both BYU and Utah would be ok with that.

When asked to describe his strengths and weakness' Aird said he has a real knack for blocking shoots. He has good post moves under the basket and a good jump shoot. However, he said he wants to get quicker and add some strength.

A lot can happen to a freshman by his senior year; growing for one.

"I think I still will grow," Aird said. "I'm 6'9 now and think I could end up between 6'10 and 7'0."

Aird grew 5 inches in a 6-month span in the last year.

Goals for next year are big for Aird and his Bountiful basketball team.

"I think we will take region," Aird said. "Last year we got knocked out of the tournament by Lone Peak."

Speaking of Lone Peak, Aird had nothing but good things to say about BYU singee Jackson Emery.

"Jackson is really good," Aird said. "That's a really good pick up for BYU."

Among other Utah High School players that Aird has been impressed with are Daniel Deane from Judge Memorial high school and Shaun Green a Utah signee.

Total Blue Sports will continue to follow Ben Aird and his progress this summer and over the next few years.


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