Zions Bank Real Academy Launches RSL Basketball Academy

Jul 21, 2020, 3:53 PM | Updated: 3:57 pm
Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake...
Photo courtesy: Real Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Zions Bank Real Academy today announced the launch of the RSL Basketball Academy that will compete in the Utah High School Athletics Association beginning in fall 2020.

The program will consist of the best high school athletes, from freshman to varsity levels, competing to provide one of the top basketball academies in the country.

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Coach Evans

Evans, one of the top high school basketball coaches, will lead the RSL Basketball Academy and act as the head coach of the varsity team. Evans has an impressive resume as a high school basketball head coach, notching a combined 120-20 overall record. Last season, Evans led Wasatch Academy to a second-seed at the Geico National High School Invitational in addition to achieving a consensus top-3 national ranking. Previously, he coached Lone Peak High School.

“I’m excited to be a part of Real Salt Lake Academy. They are professional and have shown excellence in everything that they do. Their soccer program is first class and this is what we will do with the basketball program,” Evans said. “We are excited to get started with kids from all over the world and not only train them to be excellent basketball players but help develop great human beings.”

Live, Learn, Play At Academy

Players in the RSL Basketball Academy will live at the RSL Academy residential housing and attend school at the STEM-based RSL Academy High School in Herriman, Utah. The teams will play games at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville, Utah as the club constructs a basketball-specific facility within the next 18 months.

“We recognized the opportunity to continue to develop athletes in the sport of basketball. Our goal is to give them the resources they need to succeed at the professional level. Coach Evans’ expertise in working with elite basketball talent, coupled with our infrastructure and experience in developing professional athletes, is an ideal partnership. It will allow us to immediately establish ourselves as a development center within the sport.”  Zions Bank Real Academy President Jake Haueter said.

Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett. 

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