Coach Jim Boylen added two walk-ons and awarded Sayre Brennan a scholarship recently.
Oct. 9, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah head men's basketball coach Jim Boylen has announced the addition of two walk-ons to the Runnin' Ute program. In addition, Boylen has awarded former walk-on Sayre Brennan a scholarship for the 2007-08 school year.
Boylen and his staff held a walk-on tryout on Sept. 24. They asked four of the participants to come back for another workout and eventually invited Jonathan Downie (Bountiful, Utah) and Tre Smith (Magna, Utah) to join the team.
Downie is a 6-foot 8-inch forward and will be a sophomore. He missed his senior season at Bountiful High School with a back injury, but was a starter as a sophomore. Downie also played on two state championship football teams at Bountiful in 2002 and 2003.
Smith is a 5-9 freshman point guard, who attended Cyprus High School. Smith was a second-team all-state selection and was named his Team MVP at Cyprus following his senior season. He also served as a team captain on the football, basketball and track and field teams during his senior year.
"I said I wanted to take a walk-on from the student body - from the MUSS - to add some depth," Boylen said. "We ended up taking two - a point guard and a big guy. The tryouts went very well. We had a good number of guys try out and there was a lot of interest in the program."
Brennan, who was a walk-on with the Utes last season, will graduate in the spring. Boylen said he earned the scholarship for his final season of collegiate basketball.
"Sayre has done a great job in conditioning and taking ownership on and off the floor," Boylen said. "We had a scholarship left to give and I was glad to do it for him. He's done an excellent job of the things we've asked our guys to do."
With the addition of the walk-ons and Brennan's scholarship, Utah now has 15 student-athletes on its 2007-08 roster, with 13 of them on scholarship.