Proteas speedster Anrich Nortje will turn 26 on Saturday as he enters a pivotal stage in his career.Nortje burst onto the international stage early this year following an impressive string of performances in the 2018 Mzansi Super League (MSL) when then-Proteas coach Ottis Gibson was desperately seeking a X-factor player heading into the 2019 World Cup in England.Given his raw pace and the fact that he was a largely unknown entity in the global game, Nortje was included in the 15-man squad.It was a meteoric rise to the top for a man who was regularly clocking speeds over 150 kph, but injury ruined what could have been the perfect year for him.First, a shoulder strain cost him a stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL before a freak hand injury saw him ruled out of the World Cup.Now, months later, Nortje is back to full fitness and is ready to get his international career going once again.Because of his injuries, Nortje has only played four ODIs, but he did make his Test debut last month as the Proteas were smashed in India.Nortje played two of the three Tests and struggled immensely, going for figures of 0/100 in Pune and then 1/79 in Ranchi.With Steyn now retired from Test cricket and Philander nearing the end of his stunning career, Nortje emerges as part of the new breed of South African fast bowlers looking to get the national side back to being a dominant force in world cricket.“It’s just about that belief,” he said this week.“In my head, I’m trying to picture myself in that (new group of fast bowlers), otherwise it’s going to be a surprise every time you play for the Proteas and you’re going to feel like it’s your first game every time.“I’m just trying to get in the mindset that I’m part of that … and I’m trying the best I can to prepare.”Nortje says the learnings from India will stand him in good stead moving forward in his career.“It was not easy for me as a seamer. I just didn’t hit my areas as consistently so one of the things I have taken out of it was to be more consistent at that level,” he said.“It could have been in South Africa or England where you could have gotten away with it and thought you were alright, but there you saw the reality. It’s about trying to find that consistency.”The good news for Proteas fans is that Nortje seems fully committed to the national cause.There is always the concern that the country’s most promising talents who are on the fringes of the national side will pack up and leave for greener pastures with Kyle Abbott and Duane Olivier the most recent examples when it comes to fast bowling.Nortje, though, looks like he is staying put.“I want to play for South Africa whether there is Mzansi or not,” he said when asked if the MSL serves as a way of keeping the best players committed to South Africa.“That’s always been the dream, so for as long as I can, that will be the priority.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Jakobsen was injured in a horrifying crash on the race’s opening day earlier in the week and awoke from a medically-induced coma on Thursday.“For the team the hardest part of this race was the situation with Fabio,” Evenepoel said after his ninth victory of the season.“We’ve been through a lot of emotions this week and if you see how we finish it off – two stage wins in a row and we take the GC home – I think that we can only say that we have been dominating this race,” he added.Belgian Evenepoel, 20, was 1 minutes 52 seconds ahead of Dane Jakob Fuglsang in second with Briton Simon Yates in third after five days of racing in the 77th edition of the event.Team Ineos’ Richard Carapaz pulled out after a crash on Saturday despite leading the overall standings before Evenepoel grabbed the yellow jersey with a 51km solo win on stage four.Italian Ballerini powered to victory in a bunched sprint by pipping Bora Hansgrohe’s Pascal Ackermann in second and Team Sunweb’s Alberto Dainese after 188 kilometres which finished with three laps in the southern city.Stage results1. Davide Ballerini (ITA/DEC) at 4 hours 31 minutes 22 seconds, 2. Pascal Ackermann (GER/BOR) at same time, 3. Alberto Dainese (ITA/SUN) s.t, 4. Ryan Gibbons (RSA/DDT) s.t, 5. Jasper Philipsen (BEL/UAE) s.t, 6. Rudy Barbier (FRA/ISN) s.t, 7. Sebastian Molano (COL/UAD) s.t, 8. Phil Bauhaus (GER/BAH) s.t, 9. Szymon Sajnok (POL/CCC) s.t, 10. Albert Torres (ESP/MOV) s.t.Overall results1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL/DEC) at 21 hours 29 minutes 50 seconds, 2. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) at 1min 52secs, 3. Simon Yates (GBR/MIT) 2:28, 4. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 2:32, 5. Diego Ulissi (ITA/UAE) 3:09, 6. Kamil Malecki (POL/CCC) 3:12, 7. Wilco Kelderman (NED/SUN) 3:15, 8. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/TJV) 3:18. 9. Mikel Nieve (ESP/MIT) same time, 10. Rui Costa (POR/UAE) 3:19.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Utah basketball team plays its first real road game of the season tonight (6 p.m.) when it takes on Missouri State at the brand-new 10,000-seat JQH Arena.The Utes have already been on the road, traveling to Florida last weekend for the Glenn Wilkes Classic, where they won a pair of games over Mississippi and Morgan State. But you really can’t call those road games considering there were just a couple of hundred fans, who weren’t that partisan, watching.”This will be another good test for us, another good opponent on the road,” said coach Jim Boylen.”It’s a game we need right now to go on the road and see what we are made of. It’s going to be a challenging game for us.”The Bears are 2-1 this year under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin. With just three starters and six lettermen back, the Bears were picked for last in the Missouri Valley Conference.But after losing to Auburn on the road, they have defeated Central Michigan on the road and knocked off Arkansas 62-57 last week in their first official game in their new arena.Missouri State is led by senior forward Chris Cooks, who averages 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Other starters include senior guard Spencer Laurie (11.7 ppg), freshman guard Cardell McFarland (11.3 ppg), freshman forward Kyle Weems (10.3 ppg) and senior center Wade Knapp (5.3 ppg).”They play a Big Ten style man-to-man defense and are tough and physical,” said Boylen. “They probably will be as confident as anybody we’ve played so far. They’ll be ready for us.”The Utes will enjoy a substantial height advantage over the Bears, whose tallest starter is 6-foot-8 and two forwards are 6-6 and 6-4. They also have better depth than the Bears, who have just eight players available because of injuries and other factors.Utah will start Luke Nevill (18.5 ppg) in the middle with Carlon Brown (8.0 ppg) and Kim Tillie (5.3 ppg) at forwards and Lawrence Borha (12.5 ppg) and Luka Drca (8.8 ppg) at the guardline. Shaun Green (10.8 ppg) and Tyler Kepkay (6.3 ppg) will play a lot of minutes off the bench.UTE NOTES: The game will not be televised locally. It was originally scheduled on The mtn., but the network decided not to televise the game. Utah officials tried to get the game on through a Missouri affiliate, but it didn’t work out … Last year, the Utes’ defeated Missouri State 66-54 in Salt Lake City in the only other meeting between the two schools … The Bears have been outrebounded by 6.4 boards per game, while Utah has outboarded its opponents by 8.7 per game … For Missouri State’s opening game, a standing-room crowd of 10,285 was on hand … Utah returns home to play Oregon Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center. Utes on the airUtah (3-1) vs. Missouri State (2-1)Friday, 6 p.m. MSTTV: None Radio: 700 AM E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah coaches and players aren’t saying it, but the fact is, the team is “this close” to being 10-1 rather than 6-5 this season.But a trend of losing close games, which has been going on for three years now, has left the Utes with a mediocre record and chances of making it to the NCAA Tournament dimmer by the day.The Utes have lost games by one, two, three and four points this year, leaving them 6-16 in games decided by five or fewer points over the last three seasons.In Ray Giacoletti’s last year, the Utes were 4-8 in games decided by five points or less and 2-4 in such games last year, not counting two overtime losses.The Utes had little chance to win the game at No. 5 Oklahoma, but each of the other four losses came down to the final 10 seconds, where the Utes had a chance to win or tie.Against Southwest Baptist, Lawrence Borha’s drive to the basket with three seconds left was unsuccessful, leaving the Utes with a one-point loss.Against Idaho State, Borha’s 3-pointer with just under 10 seconds left could have tied the game and the Utes lost by four.Against Cal, the Bears sank a 3-pointer with six seconds left and the Utes couldn’t tie it on Tyler Kepkay’s long three.Finally there was Monday night’s loss on a tip-in with 0.1 seconds left (not 1.0 as some people thought), giving the Utes virtually no chance to get off a tying or winning shot.Coach Jim Boylen tries not to make excuses, but the fact that his team is in every game gives him hope for the remainder of the season.”I’ve said all along we’ve got a good basketball team,” he said. “I like my team, we’re going to get better and keep growing.”They just need to figure out a way to start winning the close ones. FRIENDLY TALK: Boylen sometimes chooses when and when not to answer questions after tough losses like Monday’s in Logan. He was totally silent when first asked about the tough ending to the loss and later when asked if he was OK with the way the officials resolved the final seconds, he said, “no comment.”However, when asked about an exchange of words he and USU coach Stew Morrill had late in the first half, where they jawed face to face for a few seconds, he had this explanation with a straight face.”I said, ‘We had a hell of a storm coming up here today,’ and he said, ‘I’m glad you guys made it in.'”UTE NOTES: The Utes have a heavy stretch of games coming up with five games in a two-week stretch. After playing UC-Irvine Saturday, they play nationally-ranked Gonzaga on New Year’s Eve and open Mountain West Conference play against Wyoming Jan. 3. Then there’s a non-league game against 9-1 LSU Jan. 6 and a trip to San Diego State Jan. 10 … After taking the last two days off, the Utes will practice Christmas afternoon and the players will have a catered dinner at the Boylens’ home … The latest “Bracketology” by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Utes as a No. 11 seed thanks to its tough schedule, which ranks 14th in the country according to RealTime RPI.com … Although missed free throws late in games may have cost the Utes at least a pair of wins this year, the Utes are still among the nation’s leaders in free throw shooting, ranking 18th at 76.4 percent. Borha and Luke Nevill, who each missed free throws late in the USU loss, are hitting 83.3 and 75.9, respectively. Freshman Jace Tavita has started four games this year, but only scored two points all season … Junior Luka Drca will be back for Saturday’s game in Irvine, which begins at 8 p.m. MST … The New Year’s Eve game starts at 6 p.m.E-mail: email@example.com
U.’s first scrimmage today SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team wrapped up the first of its two-a-day practices Wednesday just before 7 p.m., and the majority of the 105 players were glad it was over.For veterans like Brandon Burton and Christian Cox, however, it was no big deal.”The veterans are used to it, but to the young guys, it’s kind of a grind,” said Burton, one the Utes’ starting cornerbacks. “But they’ll get used to it.””It is what it is,” said Cox. “It’s a grind, but it’s more mental than anything. Maybe it’s different for me, because I’m a senior.”There’s little rest for the weary, as the Utes will be back at it this morning at 9 a.m. for their first scrimmage of fall camp at the stadium.Two-a-days only last a week, with the next one scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. Next week’s two-a-days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday.INJURY REPORT: The Utes were obviously concerned when projected starting offensive tackle John Cullen went out with a knee injury in Wednesday morning’s practice. However, although he was in “the pit” all through the afternoon practice, it’s just a bruised knee and he is listed as “day-to-day.”Receiver DeVonte Christopher also suffered a knee injury and may not be back for a week. Others in the pit included defensive tackles Latu Heimuli and Joape Pela and offensive linemen Sam Brenner, Kapua Sai and Ron Tongaonevai.UTE NOTES: For today’s scrimmage, the Utes expect to run about 100 plays, mostly with second- and third-stringers. … James Aiono, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound transfer from Snow College, has been moved back to defensive tackle after a couple of days at end. Coach John Pease explained that he was moved back after it was determined Derrick Shelby would be OK after an injury. Pease also said Aiono could go back to end if needed. … There’s still no kickoff time for the Iowa State game on Oct. 9, and it may not be announced until after the season starts. … Iowa State players delayed their two-a-days Wednesday so they could help with sandbags around the flooding waters, which are wreaking havoc in Ames and affecting the athletic facilities. … The latest issue of Golf Magazine lists the best golfers in the NFL. Making the first team in the defensive backfield is former Ute Eric Weddle, who is listed as a 7.5 handicap.Ute camp reportDay 6: The Utes had their first double-day of camp. They practiced in the morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium and in the late afternoon at Ute Field.Standouts: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the offense, as a whole, stood out in the morning session. The line dominated the defense in short-yardage drills.Injuries: Left tackle John Cullen injured his knee in the morning session and is now listed as “day-to-day.” Wide receiver DeVonte Christopher was also held out with a sore knee for precautionary reasons.Next up: The Utes have a 100-play scrimmage scheduled for Rice-Eccles Stadium this morning. All practices and scrimmages are closed to the public.e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Related U.’s Blechen ready for prime time
SACRAMENTO — Despite a shaky start to his Friday round, Utah’s Steve Schneiter made the cut at the U.S. Senior Open, firing a 5-over-par 75 to go with his opening round 69 at the Del Paso Country Club.The 52-year-old Schneiter, who plays out of Pebblebrook Golf Course in Sandy, began with bogeys on four of his first five holes to go with a birdie at No. 2. After making the turn at 39, he bogeyed 11 and 12, but parred the last six holes to stay under the cut line.Three other golfers with Utah ties weren’t so fortunate and missed the cut Friday.Former BYU golfer and longtime Provo resident Mike Reid shot a 72 and finished at 7-over par 147 for the two days. Another ex-BYU golfer, Rick Gibson, shot 76 for a 148 total, while former BYU golfer Eduardo Herrera shot a 73 and ended up at 151.
Related Stewart helps give Wingpointe another shot, but private investor still needed Salt Lake City golf fund approaching $1 million deficit Salt Lake City Council ready to pull the plug on Wingpointe Golf Course SALT LAKE CITY — Ever since Wingpointe Golf Course officially closed in November 2015, news and rumors about a possible re-opening of the course have gone up and down like a roller coaster.Once again there is renewed hope that the course can reopen, perhaps as soon 2020, thanks to a private-public proposal by a group called Wingpointe Community Initiative, Inc.A meeting held last week in downtown Salt Lake City brought together a variety of individuals from government, business and the golf community to discuss and learn about possibilities for a new Wingpointe Golf Course that could open in conjunction with the renovated Salt Lake International Airport in late 2020.The proposal involves several entities including the new state prison, the University of Utah and the First Tee of Utah, as well as local businesses. The course would no longer be a municipal course run by Salt Lake City, but would be a privately run public course.The three organizers of the Wingpointe Community Initiative are Dave Owen, the owner of Owen Communications, Chris Kirk, a commercial real estate broker for Colliers International and local businessman Dave Shipley.“Wingpointe is a beautiful course that sadly has been lost,” said Kirk. “It’s what hundreds of thousands of people see when they first enter our city. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Having a beautiful, busy golf course sends a message.”Many details are still not formulated, but some of the basic ideas are these:• Either a major sponsor or several small businesses would finance the new course along with corporate memberships or adopt-a-fairway programs.• Inmates from the new nearby state prison, trained in horticulture and agronomy, would work at the course as part of an anti-recidivism program.• To make a permanent, dedicated home for the First Tee of Utah, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting young people, particularly from disadvantaged and at-risk circumstances, involved in golf while teaching life lessons.• To build a world-class practice facility on an adjoining 30 acres that could be funded in part by the University of Utah for use by its golf team as well as the public and the First Tee program.• To eventually make the course the permanent home of the Web.com PGA Tour event, which has been in Utah for 27 years, but has been moved around to several different venues over the years.This is one that hits me in the heart and I really want to see this golf course come back to life. It is really important to the city and to the new airport. – Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie BiskupskiLegislation sponsored by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart and helped crafted by Salt Lake mayor Jackie Biskupski, was passed by the House of Representatives in April, but hasn’t come up before the Senate yet. The legislation takes away the large fee the FAA was demanding for leasing the golf course land, which would save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.Gary Webster, the district director from Stewart’s office, said he’s hoping the bill will be passed by the Senate in July before the August recess and says it must be passed by Sept. 30 or it will die.Although the golf course won’t be run by Salt Lake City anymore, the city still must sign off on the new proposal and mayor Biskupski is on board.“This is one that hits me in the heart and I really want to see this golf course come back to life,” she said. “It is really important to the city and to the new airport.”While the support of Biskupski and the city is needed for the use of the land where Wingpointe sits, the city will not be involved in the operation or maintenance of the course.The original designer of Wingpointe, which first opened in 1990, was Arthur Hills, a renowned golf architect who has designed nearly 200 golf courses around the world. His longtime partner, Steve Forrest, toured the Wingpointe property last week along with Terry Buchen from Golf Agronomy International.Both Forrest and Buchen were impressed with the proposals to bring the course back and stressed that it will take an extensive renovation. They wouldn’t give a cost estimate, but another source said it will be in the $5 million to $8 million range.“We lost a jewel, we know where it is, but we can clean it up with the most advanced technological products and make it brighter than ever before,” said Forrest. “There’s so much potential there to elevate it above even what it was before.”Forrest said the course would have to be lengthened about 500 yards to make it championship-worthy, but that the course could also have tees in the 3,500-4,000 total-yards range to accommodate all golfers.“We’re excited,” said Owen. “It’s been discouraging at times and we know we have a lot of work to do. The exciting thing is, we’re not just talking about bringing (Wingpointe) back, but bringing it back in a true championship state in a way that will really benefit the community.”
Utah Utes forward Jordan Loveridge (21), Utah Utes guard Brandon Taylor (11) and Utah Utes guard Delon Wright (55) answer questions from the media Friday, March 20, 2015, prior to playing Georgetown in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday in Portland, Oregon. Loveridge, Taylor and Wright all stayed at Utah through their senior seasons (Wright was a JC transfer into the Utes’ program). Since then, the Utes have had a harder time keeping players around. Brekkott Chapman and Isaiah Wright both left after two seasons and went to play at lower-level schools. Brandon Miller and Makol Mawien departed after redshirt seasons. Devon Daniels, a promising freshman, left after some run-ins with the coach. Princeton Onwas, Ahmad Fields, Chris Reyes, Chris Seeley, Tim Coleman, Kolbe Caldwell, JoJo Zamora, Jakub Jokl, Vante Hendrix, Christian Popoola … the list goes on.There’s no doubt Krystkowiak is more of an old-school coach who isn’t about to coddle a player who has grown accustomed to being the center of attention all through high school and AAU ball.“Some programs will hold you accountable and some won’t,” he said. “Sometimes it’s easier for these kids to jump ship and go check something else out.”The Deseret News talked to three former players who played for Krystkowiak to get their views on why some players don’t stick around.“Sometimes, it’s just delusion, they feel they expect more than what they’re getting and blame it on the coaches. My mentality and my reaction, wasn’t to jump the ship, but just look myself in the mirror and try to beat this thing out.” — former Ute player“Sometimes, it’s just delusion, they feel they expect more than what they’re getting and blame it on the coaches,” said one. “My mentality and my reaction, wasn’t to jump the ship, but just look myself in the mirror and try to beat this thing out.”“Some dudes come into a program like Utah and realize everybody is just as good if not better than you,” said another. “You’re not handed anything and you have to earn every bit that you get and for some guys that’s hard and they can’t get over it. Then you have a few knuckleheads, and coach, he’s not one that’s going to baby and take people by the hand and bring them along. That’s just not the personality of coach.” Krystkowiak acknowledged he has dismissed at least a half dozen players over the last six years because of their poor attitude or lack of effort on the basketball floor or in the classroom or for other reasons. He wouldn’t single out any particular players, saying, “I’ve always been ultra protective of all of our players and I’ve tried to take the high road.”One ex-player stood up for his old coach. “The sad thing is, with some guys, they’re really doing stupid stuff and get in trouble and people wonder why they transferred out because they showed so much potential,” he said. “He doesn’t throw them under the bus when he very easily could, but he takes a lot of heat in these scenarios.”One could ask if perhaps Utah is making some poor decisions on the players it is bringing to the program if so many are asked to leave.“You can use the analogy that a lot of marriages, about half, end in divorce,” Krystkowiak said. “When you’re standing at the altar getting ready to marry someone, you feel pretty damn sure it’s going to work out. (As a basketball coach) there’s some optimism you can help a kid. Some kids you know are higher risk and you’re going to have to really invest the time. But I feel 1,000 percent comfortable we have a staff and support staff where everybody wants these kids to succeed.” High expectations Krystkowiak was always known as a tough, hard-nosed player as an All-American at the University of Montana as well as during a nine-year career in the NBA. He expects his players to play the same way.“There are coaches who expect a lot and hold the bar high, I’m certainly more excessive,” he said. “That’s made very clear when we’re recruiting somebody. Work is not going to be done for you, you’re going to have to try. You’ve got all the support in the world; it’s not harder here than anywhere else. It’s called life and getting tough and sometimes it’s not easy.” Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Utah Utes forward Donnie Tillman (3) soars over Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Arizona won 94-82. Tillman transferred from Utah last summer to UNLV. Utah forward Jayce Johnson (34) ducks under Hawaii center Ido Flaisher (15) and looks for a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Honolulu. Johnson transferred from the Utah program in 2019 to Marquette. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Sometimes his high expectations of players can hurt his team, which it probably did this past season when he was slow to play junior college transfer Alfonso Plummer because of his practice habits. Plummer didn’t play much until the final couple weeks of the season when he exploded for 35 points in the Pac-12 Tournament opener with a record 11 made 3-pointers. He came into that outing with games of 23 and 21 points.One difference between Majerus and Krystkowiak was that Majerus was able to keep his best players around longer, guys like Keith Van Horn, Andre Miller, Michael Doleac, Hanno Mottola and Drew Hansen, who all played four years. In Majerus’ first 13 years, 13 players, an average of one per season stayed through his senior season, compared to the four in nine under Krystkowiak.Among those Majerus players who stuck it out was Britton Johnsen, who played on the 1998 Final Four team and was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 2002 with a church mission in between.Johnsen said it was very difficult playing for the demanding Majerus, but he never considered transferring.“I can tell you why people were transferring from Majerus — heck I wanted to transfer from that guy,” he said. “It was hard for me and my brother, Jeff, at the U. But we never once discussed transferring. You knew things were tough and you just got through it.”A common problemWeber State coach Randy Rahe deals with transfers on a regular basis also, but on a slightly different level than Utah, as a mid-major school. Still there’s a common issue.“Kids are very impatient these days,” Rahe said. “What we’ve found out is, it’s about playing time — kids want to go where they can play.”“Kids are very impatient these days. What we’ve found out is, it’s about playing time — kids want to go where they can play.” — Weber State coach Randy Rahe“It’s a mentality, not only from players, but parents, high school coaches, AAU coaches, everybody,” added Johnsen. “It’s, ‘Hey, if they’re not treating you right, don’t fight it out, just leave.’”That’s how former Utah basketball coach Ray Giacoletti, who is now an assistant coach at Saint Louis, feels about today’s athletes. In a Deseret News interview earlier this month, he talked about his frustrations with the frequency of transfers these days, one reason he’s looking forward to retirement.“All we’ve done is enabled this generation to quit,” the 58-year-old said. “As soon as a player is successful, somebody’s going to pilfer them off the campus and they’ll go elsewhere. I struggle to see how that’s going to help anybody with their lives.” Perhaps one consolation surrounding the Utah transfers is that only a couple have ended up going to a comparable program and having success.Daniels, who started 26 of 29 games as a freshman in 2017, when he averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, transferred to North Carolina State, where he has started 37 of 68 games for the Wolf Pack and averaged 11 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in two seasons.Mawien played prep ball at Granger and was thought of as a raw talent with potential, but he left after his redshirt year in 2016 and went to New Mexico Junior College for one year before playing at Kansas State for three years. One former player believes the main reason he left was to get away from some bad influences where he grew up, rather than because of unhappiness at the U.While Mawien didn’t have an outstanding career at KSU, he started nearly every game for the Wildcats the past three seasons and averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for his career. Johnson, who was Utah’s starting center as a junior, left Utah apparently seeking a bigger role at Marquette, but he ended up averaging just 3.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in Milwaukee with just one start. SALT LAKE CITY — Eighteen years ago, the Deseret News published a story with a headline that read, “Why are they leaving U?,” documenting the large number of players who had left the basketball program under longtime Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus.An average of three players left the University of Utah basketball program during the first 13 years of Majerus’ tenure, which lasted two more seasons after the story ran. At the time, that was a lot of players who weren’t sticking around the Ute program, significantly more than the national average. Majerus jettisoned several players, but the majority left because of unhappiness playing under the demanding coach.A similar situation exists today with the Utah basketball program, which has seen a steady exodus of players under coach Larry Krystkowiak, the same rate as in the Majerus years, a little over three per year.It has caused some consternation among some Ute boosters and fans who question Krystkowiak’s inability to keep players in the program. But is it a big deal that players are leaving or just par for the course these days in college basketball?According to an NCAA study published earlier this year, the number of transfers at 350 Division I schools has been high, but remained steady for the past three years with 689 in 2017, 704 in 2018, and 694 in 2019. That’s an average of two per school per year.Some of the Utah numbers are startling. Of the 34 players who have begun their careers as freshmen under Krystkowiak, only four have played all four years through their senior seasons. That short list includes Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge, Dakarai Tucker and Parker Van Dyke. Two have left early to play in the NBA (Jakob Poeltl and Kyle Kuzma) and eight are still in the program with the chance to play all four years (Timmy Allen, Riley Battin, Lahat Thioune, Branden Carlson, Brendan Wenzel, Jaxon Brenchley, Rylan Jones and Mikael Jantunen). Even if those eight become seniors, that would still be a little over a third of all freshmen who make it through four years. The other 20 have departed early for a variety of reasons, either choosing to go elsewhere, getting shoved, gently or otherwise, out the door, mutually agreeing to move on, or having their careers ended by injury. There are also unusual reasons, such as the player who left because his girlfriend went to another school or the player who couldn’t physically handle Utah’s altitude and had to transfer to a sea-level school.The Utes have also had a few JC transfers, grad transfers and transfers from other four-year schools move in and out of the program with 10 who finished and six who did not.“It’s pretty commonplace and there’s a lot of different factors,” Krystkowiak said last week. “If it’s newsworthy then so be it. I’m choosing to focus on positive things and going from there.” A year ago, the Utes lost four players during the offseason, including starters Jayce Johnson and Donnie Tillman as well as Charles Jones and Naseem Gaskin, the latter a redshirt. If you count just the last six years, the Utes have had 19 players leave, which is slightly less than two other Pac-12 programs, Washington State and Arizona State. According to Krystkowiak, three had injury issues, six were dismissed and the other 10 left for a variety of reasons.Krystkowiak’s first real recruiting class was 2012, (we’ll give him a pass on his first class, a disparate bunch that was recruited late to replace several players who moved on from Jim Boylen’s program) and it has turned out to be his best overall class.It included Taylor, Loveridge and Tucker, who each played four years. Other recruits from that season included Jarred DuBois, a grad transfer from Loyola Marymount, who led the team in scoring, Dallin Bachynski, who played three years total and Renan Lenz, who played two seasons. The only player from that class who left early was freshman Justin Seymour, who was apparently looking for more playing time. That’s six of seven who stayed through their senior seasons, a pretty good ratio and not surprisingly, many of those players played on Utah’s NCAA Tournament teams as juniors and seniors. Utah Head Coach, Larry Krystkowiak yells at a referee for a foul as Utah and SMU play Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in the Huntsman Center. Utah won 62-53. Over the past six years, Krystkowiak has had 19 players leave. Utah Utes guard Both Gach (11) successfully shoots three free-throws after being fouled in the last second of overtime with the Colorado Buffaloes up by one point at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Utah won the game, 74-72. Gach transferred this offseason to Minnesota. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News AP Things seemed to stabilize this year when Utah sported the second-youngest team in America with 11 freshmen, five sophomores and a junior. However, a couple weeks after the season ended, the Utes lost third-string center Matt Van Komen, who eventually transferred to Saint Mary’s, and the following month, starter Both Gach chose to transfer back home to Minnesota. Then earlier this month, prized Ute recruit Caleb Lohner asked to be released from his Letter of Intent commitment and on Friday committed to BYU, where his father played. Utah gave Lohner his release 10 days after news broke about his change of heart.Gach’s move was a blow to the program and a surprise to many, although one former teammate said Gach told him soon after the season ended he was leaving. Krystkowiak didn’t talk about it last week, but his official statement of Gach’s departure said, “Sometimes one’s individual desires and goals don’t always align with the program they are part of. However, our focus is and continues to be the players who are fully committed to our program.” Tillman, who many fans had high hopes for after his first two seasons with the Utes, transferred to UNLV to be near family. But as a story in the Las Vegas Sun said, “His short time as a Runnin’ Rebel didn’t live up to the hype” as he endured a spotty season, averaging less than he did at Utah (10.1 ppg). Now he’s on the move again, heading to New Mexico State. “All I’ve ever asked anybody to do is to try. You know it’s not going to be as easy for some kids as it is for others but if you quit trying, then we’re not going to have you on our team.” — Larry Krystkowiak“All I’ve ever asked anybody to do is to try,” Krystkowiak said. “You know it’s not going to be as easy for some kids as it is for others but if you quit trying, then we’re not going to have you on our team. We’re not going to have all of this support system to try to help people to become successful and then not have you show up for classes or appointments. I’m not going to sell out just for guys because they’re talented, but they’re not interested in going to class. That’s not what the University of Utah is about.”One thing’s for certain. For a program like Utah to succeed and get back to the NCAA Tournament, it needs to keep players until their junior or senior seasons. That’s what successful programs such as Villanova and Virginia have done to compete with the one-and-done programs like Duke and Kentucky. Time will tell if Krystkowiak is able to do that with his current talented crop of freshmen and sophomores.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Lauryn Snipes vies for a loose ball amongst Conway Springs defenders Tuesday. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Putting things in perspective, the Wellington girls beat Kingman by five points in the season opener in 2015 and went on to finish third place in the Class 4A Div. 1 state tournament.Wellington defeated Conway Springs 46-39 in its season opener at the Kingman Eagle Classic Tournament Tuesday. It was a grind of a game that saw the Lady Dukes behind for the bulk of the contest. Wellington had to outscore Conway Springs 21-11 in the fourth quarter to stave off the upset.â€œAm I happy? Well, letâ€™s just say we have a lot of work to do,â€ said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. â€œI just told the girls to not get all freaked out over this game. We have a long season in front of us.â€Wellington was down 28-25 at the end of three quarters and didnâ€™t take a lead in the second half until 6:54 in the fourth when Avery Rusk made a steal, layup and free throw thereafter to put the Lady Dukes in front 30-28.Even then the Lady Dukes could not shake off the upset-minded Cardinals, who was holding a one-point lead with a little more than two minutes to play. But Wellington would go on an eight-point run and led 42-35 with a minute to play.Down the stretch, Rusk was put on the foul line four different occasions. Rusk didnâ€™t exactly tear it up at the free throw line, but she made enough, going 6 of 13 down the stretch to help Wellington clinch victory.Wellington survives a horrid shooting night, and Lauryn Snipes faced foul trouble all night. They also survived an impressive 3-2 zone defense that kept the Crusaders ineffective inside.â€œIn the first half we were hitting brick walls,â€ Adams said. â€œBut in the second half, we did a better job finding the gaps.â€Wellington opened auspiciously enough, taking a 13-4 first-quarter lead. But Conway Springs would then go on a 15-5 run to take a 19-18 lead at the half.The third quarter saw Conway Springs outscore Wellington 9-7 to lead by three going into the fourth quarter.Snipes, who fouled out with about a minute to play, still led Wellington with 16 points. Avery Rusk followed with 14 and Shayland French scored 12.Wellington battles Haven Friday at 3 p.m. in the second round of the Kingman tournament.Wellington 46 Conway Springs 39Wellington 13 5 7 21â€” 46C. Springs 9 10 9 11â€” 39Wellington: T. French 4, Snipes 16, S. French 12, Rusk 14. Total 12 (1) 19-35 46.Conway Springs: Drouhard 1, Bellar 9, Ebenkamp 8, Curry 2, Pauly 2, J. Pauly 4, Koester 13. Total 13 (2) 7-22 39.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
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