Nov. 14, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball team has signed four players to become Runnin' Utes next fall, head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced Wednesday. The signing class includes two local high school standouts and a pair of junior college transfers.
"I am extremely excited about our recruiting class," said Krystkowiak. "Each individual was recruited not only for what they can do on the basketball court, but what they do off the court as well. They are kids of character and will reflect the culture we are establishing here at Utah."
High school seniors Brandon Miller (Brighton) and Parker Van Dyke (East) were the leading scorers in the state of Utah in Class 5A and 4A, respectively, in 2011-12. They each earned first-team all-state selections from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News last year, while Van Dyke was also chosen as the Tribune's 4A Player of the Year.
"Our staff continues to work to keep the best Utah talent in Utah, and we feel that Parker and Brandon were two must-gets," said Krystkowiak. "They both are extremely successful in the classroom as well and we are excited that they are Utes."
Marko Kovacevic and Delon Wright are both current sophomores at their respective colleges and are expected to enter Utah in 2013 as rising juniors with immediate eligibility. Kovacevic was among the leading rebounders and most efficient shooters in NJCAA Region IX as a freshman. Wright is the reigning Coast Conference Player of the Year after leading San Francisco City College to a 26-2 record and the California State Championship as a freshman. He is also a former Div. 1 CIF Player of the Year.
"Delon and Marko are coming from successful junior college programs and know what it takes to win," said Krystkowiak. "They will bring experience to our program and will continue to develop into outstanding players."
2013 Signing Class Bios
Western Nebraska Community College
Averaged 11.7 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2011-12...helped the Cougars to a 26-7 record and a run to the NJCAA Region IX Tournament Semifinals...7.8 rebounds per game ranked 11th in Region IX...shot 65.8% from the field (131-199), third-best in Region IX among players appearing in at least 10 games...averaged 1.1 assists....blocked 42 shots and made 19 steals.
Krystkowiak on Miller
"Brandon is extremely driven to be the best basketball player he can be. He is a knock-down shooter and will bring an element of toughness to our guard positions. He is a great kid and has basketball in his blood."
Parker Van Dyke
Salt Lake City
East High School
Named the 4A Player of the Year as a junior in 2011-12 by the Salt Lake Tribune after leading the state in scoring with 24.7 points per game...first-team all-state selection by both the Deseret News and the Tribune...also added 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest...scored 18.8 points per game as a sophomore...chose the Utes after receiving offers from Arizona State and Utah State.
Krystkowiak on Van Dyke
"Parker is a kid that we have been recruiting for a long time. Even though Parker grew up just down the street from campus, he was getting recruited by several other Pac-12 programs. He has a variety of weapons that will allow us to play him at the `one' or `two' positions and he will only get better with time."
Los Angeles, Calif.
City College of San Francisco/Levzinger HS
Reigning Coast Conference Player of the Year at City College of San Francisco... selected All-State First Team...led the Rams to the Coast Conference North Division Title with a 27-3 record...averaged approximately 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals per game while also leading the Rams in blocks, steals and assists...led Levzinger High School to the California State Championship...named the CIF Southern Section Div. 1A Player of the Year and second-team all-state as a senior...chose the Utes after being recruited by Washington, Washington State, St. Mary's and Gonzaga...younger brother of Philadelphia 76ers forward Dorell Wright.
Krystkowiak on Wright
"We are very excited to have Delon sign with our program. He is a versatile player who can play the `one' through `three' positions and is a playmaker. He is a winner and comes from a great family with a basketball pedigree."