2013 UA All-Star Weekend

Brekkott Chapman commits to Utah

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Larry Krystkowiak has had one of the tougher rebuilding jobs on his hands since he took over Utah three seasons ago. He’s made headway in his two seasons, after a 6-25 maiden campaign, the Utes improved to 15-18 last season.

Now, top recruits are starting to take notice, apparently, with the Utes getting their first pledge of 2014 in power forward Brekkott Chapman.

The 6-8, 215-pound Roy, Utah product decided to stay in-state on Monday afternoon. Chapman’s AAU coach told Scout.com’s Josh Gershon what went into the commitment (subscription required). Chapman, a four-star recruit, was ranked the 16th-best power forward in his class by Scout.com.

According to Chapman’s AAU coach, Lynn Lloyd with the Utah Prospects, the biggest reason the four-star prospect chose Utah was his relationship with head coach Larry Krystkowiak.

“It was his relationship with Larry,” Lloyd said. “He worked his (butt) off and didn’t miss a game. It was all about Larry; it was his relationship with coach K.”

Besides a 25-10 year in 2008-09 under Jim Boylen, the Utes haven’t had a ton to be happy about since Ray Giacoletti’s first season, a 29-6 season in 2004-05 season where Utah made the Sweet 16. That was the first full season after Rick Majerus resigned.

To hear that Krystkowiak is getting top-level talent means he’s got the program on the rebound. To hear it’s happening because of his own relationship with the players should really get Utah fans excited. Because players say they commit for a lot of reasons (facilities, style of play, etc.) but for a team that’s won 20 games once in the last eight seasons, it’s a tough sell — it probably didn’t hurt that Chapman is a native Utahan, though — and relationships with the players and coaches are magnified.

Here are a few highlights of Chapman to see what he’s bringing to Salt Lake City in 2014.

(Photo courtesy of Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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VIDEO: UMass Lowell game delayed by shattered backboard

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UMass Lowell’s game with Wheelock College was delayed for a little over an hour on Tuesday afternoon after a dunk attempt from Dontavius Smith broke the backboard.

The game resumed and is currently in the second half. Here’s the video of Smith shattering the glass after he took flight.

No. 13 Indiana bounces back with 83-73 win over St. John’s

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Yogi Ferrell had 22 points and seven assists to lead No. 13 Indiana to an 83-73 victory over St. John’s on Tuesday in the consolation round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

Freshman center Thomas Bryant had a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Hoosiers (4-1), who lost to Wake Forest 82-78 in the closing seconds of their opening-round game.

Indiana will play the winner of the Chaminade-UNLV game for fifth place on Wednesday.

Federico Mussini and Ron Mvouika had 17 points each for the Red Storm (3-2), who played much better than they did in their 92-55 pasting from No. 19 Vanderbilt in the first round.

Ferrell had an answer every time St. John’s tried to close in in the second half. Four times the Red Storm got within seven points and three of those times Ferrell replied. He hit a short jumper, two free throws and a step-back jumper to keep St. John’s at bay.

The Red Storm got as close as 76-70 with 1:53 to play on two free throws by Yankuba Sima. James Blackmon Jr., who finished with 12 points, hit a 3 and after a St. John’s turnover he scored on a drive to put the game away.

Troy Williams had seven points and nine rebounds for Indiana.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took a 42-31 lead at halftime.


St. John’s: This game started a little bit better than the opening round. In that game Vanderbilt opened by scoring the first nine points of the game. Against Indiana St. John’s trailed 9-2 at the start. … St. John’s had eight turnovers against Vanderbilt. The Red Storm had that many at halftime against the Hoosiers, They finished with 11.

Indiana: Bryant had 15 points at halftime, two off his career high for a game. … Ferrell was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. The rest of the Hoosiers were 6 of 14.

TALE OF THE TAPE: St. John’s trainer Ron Linfonte and Tim Garl, his counterpart at Indiana, are both in their 35th season at their respective schools. They are the two longest-tenured trainers in men’s Division I basketball.


St. John’s: plays loser of Chaminade-UNLV for seventh place on Wednesday.

Indiana: plays winner of Chaminade-UNLV for fifth place on Wednesday.