CV’s Blackner signs with Snow College basketball
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
All Brantzen Blackner wanted was a chance to play basketball where he could showcase his talents. As his options for Division I schools were dwindling, the Snow College Badgers came calling at the perfect time.
With first-year assistant Ben Cruickshank looking on along with CV head basketball coach Robbie Potter, Blackner made his choice official when he signed his letter of intent on the Canyon View campus April 27 to play for Snow College.
After a run to the final four in the 3A playoffs in his sophomore year that included an upset win over then-defending champion Pine View, Blackner improved on that feat in his junior year by leading the Falcons to a second quarterfinal trip that nearly saw a duplicate feat before the team lost to Dixie.
Capped by a senior year where he averaged 20 points per game, Blackner admitted to being nervous for the signing, but thankful for the interest shown by the Snow program.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Blackner said. “Badger Bubs is in the house!”
One recruiting trip to the campus in Ephraim was all Blackner needed to seal the deal and sign on the dotted line.
“I met the coaching staff and played a little ball with the guys. I only went once, and that was all I needed,” he said. “The players were outgoing and weren’t like ‘who is this kid?’ or ‘why is he here?’
“I knew a couple of the guys, so that helped. When I left, they said ‘you’d better be coming back.’ … I wanted to go somewhere where they care that I’m coming and are ready for me instead of going and not knowing.”
Among Blackner’s new teammates pending any departures for LDS Church missions is Desert Hills grad Logan Hokanson. Blackner said he’ll be ready to go for his freshman season in the fall and is leaving his options open beyond that point.
“As we stand here, (a church mission is) the plan, but it could change,” he said.
For Potter, seeing the moment come to life affirmed his own belief that Blackner made the best choice.
“This is a great fit for him. I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed the whole year,” Potter said. “I know the culture at Snow and what they’re doing over there as a basketball program. They’ve been generous in their desire to get Bubs, and he’s going to make an impact immediately, not get stuck on the bench at a D-I program. I’m excited to see where it goes from there.”