Utah landed an important player for its future on Sunday as four-star center Branden Carlson pledged to the Utes.
The 6-foot-10, 210-pound center is great commitment for Utah as he’s regarded as the No. 113 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 by Rivals. Carlson’s development is going to be especially intriguing because he won’t play for Utah until the 2019-20 season because of a two-year LDS mission out of high school, according to Scout.com’s Josh Gershon.
Since Carlson needed to add strength and weight, that should give him a little more time to bulk up before college begins. Utah also has freshman center Jayce Johnson just entering the program — another four-star center — so that spaces the two big men out by a few years.
Head coach Larry Krystkowiak has done a nice job developing big men, specifically Jakob Poeltl, and it appears to be paying off on the recruiting trail.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State will play in a December basketball tournament called the Beehive Classic starting this season and running through 2019. The event will be held at the home of the Utah Jazz.
Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, the ownership branch of the Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena, announced the tournament Thursday.
It will feature one night of two games each year with every team playing the other two over the span of three years.
BYU will play Weber State and Utah State faces Utah on Dec. 9, 2017. On Dec. 8, 2018, it’s Utah State vs. Weber State followed by Utah vs. BYU. On Dec. 14, 2019, it’s Weber State vs. Utah and BYU vs. Utah State.
HONOLULU (AP) Utah and San Diego State headline the eight-team field for the 2016 edition of the Diamond Head Classic.
Hawaii, the host school, announced the bracket on Thursday.
The other teams are Illinois State, San Francisco, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin.
The tournament will be played on Dec. 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
ESPN2 will broadcast the championship game along with five other games. ESPNU will carry four games. ESPN3 will carry two.
Utah now has one less option in their perimeter rotation, as 6-foot-6 wing Kenneth Ogbe has reportedly decided to transfer. News of Ogbe’s decision to leave the Pac-12 program was first reported by CBSSports.com.
After serving as a reserve in each of his first two seasons playing for Larry Krystkowiak, Ogbe had to deal with a groin injury during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Ogbe played in just five games last season as a result of the recurring issue, averaging 5.2 points per contest in those appearances in non-conference play.
With Utah bringing in multiple perimeter players expected to earn minutes in 2016-17, including junior college transfers Jojo Zamora and Tim Coleman and freshman Devon Daniels, getting playing time after sitting out most of last season due to injury appeared to be a tough battle for Ogbe in 2016-17. As a result he joins Isaiah Wright as perimeter players who have decided to leave Utah since the end of the season, with the Runnin’ Utes also losing an possible starter in forward Brekkott Chapman via the transfer route.
Utah has some significant departures to address, most notably lottery pick Jakob Poeltl with Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge and Dakarai Tucker all out of eligibility. But they don’t lack for talent, with the aforementioned newcomers joining returnees such as guard Lorenzo Bonam and forward Kyle Kuzma.
Utah also adds forwards David Collette and Jayce Johnson to the rotation, with Collette sitting out last season after transferring in from Utah State and Johnson being a mid-year enrollee after graduating high school a semester early.
While the majority of summer tours in college basketball consist of teams making the trek overseas (or to Canada) together, there are all all-star teams put together to represent a conference or some other entity. The Pac-12 has put together an all-star team of sorts in recent years, and on Tuesday they announced the 12-member squad that will visit Australia to play three games in early July.
Two of those games will be played against the Australian men’s national team, which will be preparing for the Summer Olympics to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.
The coaching staff will be led by Mike Montgomery, who led the programs at both Stanford and California before retiring in 2014, with former Stanford head coach Trent Johnson and former Stanford players Casey Jacobsen and Brevin Knight serving as his assistants. Ten of the conference’s 12 teams will be represented on the roster, with Oregon (which has some players hoping to reach the Olympics for other countries) and UCLA being the teams without a player making the trip.
Also of note for Oregon is the fact that they’ll be taking a summer trip to Spain in August, so their players are already set up for a busy summer.
Arizona and Oregon State will each have two players on the roster, with Kadeem Allen and Chance Comanche making the trip representing Sean Miller’s program and Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. doing so for Wayne Tinkle’s program. Of the 12 players two earned honorable mention all-conference honors (USC’s Jordan McLaughlin and Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson), and Colorado’s Wesley Gordon was a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection.
Below is the full roster, and the team is scheduled to depart for Australia from Los Angeles July 7.
G Kadeem Allen (Arizona)
C Chance Comanche (Arizona)
G Tra Holder (Arizona State)
G Stephen Domingo (California)
F Wesley Gordon (Colorado)
F Drew Eubanks (Oregon State)
F Stephen Thompson Jr. (Oregon State)
G/F Dorian Pickens (Stanford)
G Jordan McLaughlin (USC)
G Lorenzo Bonam (Utah)
F Matisse Thybulle (Washington)
F Josh Hawkinson (Washington State)
The series between BYU and Utah has been an intense one, with the two programs meeting a total of 257 times with the Cougars holding a slim 129-128 advantage. But after last season’s meeting, a comfortable Utah win mired by the ejection of BYU’s Nick Emery for striking guard Brandon Taylor late in the second half, threatened the future of the series.
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak wanted to call a halt to things, and sure enough it was announced in January that the Cougars and Runnin’ Utes wouldn’t play each other during the 2016-17 season. But the “break” will only last one season, as Utah announced Thursday that the two teams will meet in Provo during the 2017-18 season.
Athletic director Chris Hill stated in a release that also announced non-conference series with Butler and Xavier set to begin this season that the game will be played in either November or December 2017.
Hopefully the one-year hiatus will be the only hiccup in this series, one that began way back in 1909 and managed to endure changes such as the run of conference realignment that landed Utah in the Pac-12 and BYU in the WCC. As for those games against Butler (November 28) and Xavier (December 10), Utah will host the Bulldogs and visit the Musketeers this season with the return games for both series to be played during the 2017-18 season.
News of the resumption of the BYU/Utah series was first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.