Rick Majerus has signed two players during the early period.
Nov. 18, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah men's basketball team has signed two high school seniors to national letters of intent. The announcement came today from Head Coach Rick Majerus. The Runnin' Utes have signed Jermaine Calvin, a 5-8, 170-pound point guard from Tempe, Ariz.; and Jake Schmidt, a 6-7, 250-pound forward from Thermopolis, Wyo.
Calvin averaged 13.5 points, eight assists, four steals and four rebounds a game last season for McClintock High School. He also averaged just two turnovers a game and took the most charges, leading McClintock to a 22-6 record under head coach Brian Fleming. Calvin earned second team all-state recognition in 2002-03 and has been a first team all-region pick the last two years. In September, he led the Arizona Cagers Blue team to the championship of the Fullcourt Press/Pangos Fall Hoops Classic in Cypress, Calif.
"We're excited to have Jermaine because he's such a dedicated player," said Majerus. "He's embraced his academics, and there's no question about his love of the game. I like his ability to see the floor and pass the ball, and the game comes easy to him. If he realizes that he must be competitive, and that he must be most tenateous defensively, he's going to be able to come in and give us some help. And his attitude and leadership, as well as the fact that he's a winner, makes him a real plus for this program."
Schmidt averaged 11 points and seven rebounds a game last season, leading Hot Spring County High School to the 3A state title and a 24-1 record. While earning honorable mention all-conference honors in 2002-03, he also shot 44 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. Schmidt's high school coach Mike Ibach feels he is the best big man in the state of Wyoming heading into this season.
"Jake is someone who flew under the radar screen but has a great physical presence," said Majerus. "Obviously, his size dictates that he would be a good rebounder and post-player. We like the fact that he ran cross country and has a very good shot from the perimeter. We like his stroke and the ability he has to play both the small and big forward positions, as well as being able to perhaps defend the other team's center. He's an honor roll student at the top of his class, so he'll fit right in with our emphasis on academics."