Future Cougars Report: Men's Hoops

FUTURE COUG JEFF POLLARD is red hot heading into the Utah state playoffs. Pollard and Bountiful finished region play undefeated, and face Murray High on Tuesday in the first round. Meanwhile, two other future Cougars' seasons have come to a close, one in disappointment and the other in heartbreak.

Jeff Pollard, 6-8, 215 (pictured above): Pollard is averaging 13.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.7 spg this season. He didn't show as prominently in the box score in the team's most recent victory, an 81-44 shellacking of Cyprus High on Thursday. However, the future Cougar forward scored in double figures in the three games before Thursday's matchup. Pollard scored a game-high 15 in a 62-38 victory over Clearfield on Tuesday. He provided 17 points and six rebounds in a 10-point win over Highland on Feb. 13. Prior to that, Pollard exploded against Woods Cross on Feb. 10, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. His team won 89-60. Bountiful just continues to win, and in convincing fashion. The Braves have 15 consecutive victories, have not lost since Jan. 2 and in their last four games, have won by double digits. Bountiful (18-6) finished region play with a 14-0 record.

Robert Franks, 6-7, 210: Despite starting the season on a three-game losing streak, Franks and Evergreen High made the playoffs. The team won its first playoff game to advance, but then lost its next two to Camas and Battle Ground and were eliminated, though Evergreen actually defeated Battle Ground 70-58 on Feb. 12 in a tournament game to earn the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Franks scored 14 points in that game. Franks remained consistent in the rematch, tallying 13 points for Evergreen, but his team lost in nail-biter, 71-68. Including the playoffs, Evergreen High finished its season with a 14-9 record.

Derrien King, 6-8, 175: King and the Santa Monica Corsairs finished their season on a four-game losing streak. The Corsairs' overall record in their 2014-15 campaign was 10-16. King was cold from the field against Bakersfield on Feb. 11, shooting 2 for 11 and scoring eight points in a 71-50 loss. He also made two blocks in that game. King did not play in the next two losses, and statistics were not available for Santa Monica in their season finale against West LA. He will play forward for the Cougars.

Renard Suggs, 6-3, 200: Gillette College's season is still alive and well. Suggs and the Pronghorns finished second in their conference and will begin the playoffs this Saturday. Gillette ended the season with five straight wins to provide momentum heading into the postseason. Stats were not available for Suggs in the last two wins, 101-96 over Sheridan and 105-91 over Little Big Horn. However, through the prior 28 games, Suggs averaged 12.9 points per game on 41.5-percent shooting from the field. He connected on 39.4 percent of his three-pointers. He contributed 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. He will come to the Cougars as a guard.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Milan Acquaah, 6-2, 184: The Cougars added Acquaah on Monday as their first Class of 2016 verbal commitment. His all-around excellence has helped Cathedral High reach the second round of the playoffs, which will take place Wednesday against Bishop Montgomery High. The Phantoms won the first round against Redondo Union High 61-56, but complete stats were not available. Acquaah and Cathedral will come to the Cougars in '16 as a point guard. The Cathedral High standout has averaged 20.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals in 25 games this season, not including the most recent playoff matchup.


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