NCB On The Trail: Utah

2013 PF Reynolds commits to Villanova

April, 23, 2013
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Villanova added a late addition to its 2013 class on Tuesday when power forward Darryl Reynolds (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Worcester Academy) committed to the Wildcats, he announced at a press conference.

Reynolds graduated from Lower Merion (Pa.) last spring before spending a prep year at Worcester (Mass.). He chose the Wildcats over South Carolina, Utah and Seton Hall.

Reynolds is the third 2013 recruit for Villanova, joining ESPN 100 prospects Kris Jenkins (Upper Marlboro, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) and Josh Hart (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends).

SG Ahmad Fields picks Utah 

December, 21, 2012
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Shooting guard Ahmad Fields (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy) ended his recruitment on Friday with a verbal pledge to Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Fields chose the Utes over USC, Colorado, St. Joseph's and Drexel, among others.

"I felt comfortable on my visit," he told the paper. "I had a great visit, and family is an important thing. It's me and my mom, so I wanted to go where I felt I fit, and I felt it at Utah."

Fields is the fifth recruit for the Utes in 2013, joining guard's Parker Van Dyke (Salt Lake City/East), Brandon Miller (Salt Lake City/Brighton) and Delon Wright (Lawndale, Calif./City College of San Francisco) along with center Marko Kovacevic (Scottsbluff, Neb./Western Nebraska C.C.).

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Julian Jacobs signs with USC 

November, 21, 2012
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Senior point guard Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines) signed his official letter of intent with USC this week after mulling offers from Santa Clara, St. Mary's and Utah, the school announced.

"We are happy to add JuJu to our class," said head coach Kevin O'Neill. "He can play multiple positions and is a lockdown defender. He is talented and has great athleticism."

Jacobs joins four other signees for the Trojans: ESPN 100 PG Kendall Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner), SF Roschon Prince (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), PF Nikola Jovanovic (Serbia/Arlington Country Day) and PG Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep).

"I'm really happy with our recruiting class," said O'Neill. "I feel really good about all of the guys and I'm looking forward to them joining the Trojan Family."

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Juco center Kovacevic picks Utah 

October, 23, 2012
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Junior college center Marko Kovacevic (Serbia/Western Nebraska C.C.) verbally committed to Utah on Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Kovacevic originally signed with Montana last season but was ruled ineligible. He will redshirt at Western Nebraska this season before enrolling at Utah next fall.

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L.A. guard commits to Rice 

October, 12, 2012
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According to the Houston Chronicle, shooting guard Marcus Jackson (Los Angeles/Pacific Hills) verbally committed to Rice on Friday.

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TCU adds PG Michael Williams 

October, 12, 2012
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San Antonio point guard Michael Williams (Ronald Reagan H.S.) became the third verbal commitment for new TCU head coach Trent Johnson on Thursday night, according to multiple sources.

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BYU landed its second recruit from the 2014 class on Friday night with a verbal pledge from wing forward Dalton Nixon (Orem, Utah/Orem), according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Cougars offered Nixon in July along with Utah, Utah State and San Francisco.

"There's no place I'd rather be," he told the Tribune. "It's exactly the culture I'm looking for, and with Provo in my backyard, I just felt of all the schools, I didn't want to go anywhere but BYU."

Nixon is the son of former BYU player Kevin Nixon. He is the second 2014 recruit for the Cougars, joining shooting guard T.J. Haws (Highland, Utah/Lone Peak).

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According to a report in the Las Vegas Sun, point guard Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas/Desert Pines) has opened up his recruitment and is no longer committed to Utah.

The 6-foot-3 Jacobs originally chose the Utes in March over offers from Santa Clara and St. Mary's. He is ranked as the 36th best point guard according to ESPN Recruiting Nation's latest positional rankings.

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6-foot-6 wing forward Noah Allen(Salinas, Calif./Palma) gave a verbal commitment to Harvard on Monday, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

Allen, a three-star prospect, chose the Crimson over San Diego State, Colorado, Utah, Yale, Brown, Penn and Washington State.

ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Joel Francisco has the goods on Allen.

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Shooting guard Parker Van Dyke (Salt Lake City, Utah/East H.S.) ended his recruitment on Monday with a verbal pledge to Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The 6-foot-3 Van Dyke chose the Utes over Utah State and Arizona State.

"There was nothing that recruiters were doing wrong, and they were all great to me," Van Dyke told the paper. "But it's been a long process, and I want to get it over with. Coach K [Larry Krystowiak] can kinda start to focus on coaching me now, and it's exciting."

Van Dyke is the second recruit for the Utes in 2013, joining point guard Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas/Desert Pines H.S.) who committed in March.

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According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utahlanded a commitment from senior small forward Dakarai Tucker (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) late Wednesday night.

Tucker was named CIF Division 4AA Player of the Year as a senior. He chose the Utes over offers from Loyola Marymount, Nevada, St. Mary's, Santa Clara and UC Riverside.

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6-foot-10, 235 point power forward Renan Lenz (Arizona Western College) made his choice on Tuesday night, committing to Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Lenz is a native of Brazil who averaged 13 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore at Arizona Western. He chose the Utes over Auburn.

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Utah head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak has asked signee Josh Hearlihy (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) to opt out of his scholarship and look elsewhere, according to the L.A. Times.

"I was very excited about going to Utah when I signed my Letter of Intent in November," Hearlihy said in a statement released by Harvard-Westlake. "However, the coaching staff has reconsidered their commitment to me and has asked to be released from their obligation. I turned down scholarship offers and stopped exploring other options when I signed."

"Given the situation at Utah, I'm concerned about putting myself in an environment where I'm not wanted. It is still my dream to play college basketball and I will continue to work hard every day to make that dream a reality."

Hearlihy originally chose the Utes over Portland and Santa Clara in September.

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According to multiple sources, point guard Brandon Taylor (Los Angeles/Pacific Hill H.S.) has verbally committed to Utah for next season.

Taylor chose the Utes over St. Mary's. He is the third recruit for head coach Larry Krystkowiak, joining ESPNU 100 small forward Jordan Loveridge (West Jordan, Utah/West Jordan H.S.), point guard Justin Seymour (Smyrna, Ga./Campbell H.S.) and small forward Josh Hearlihy (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake H.S.).

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According to multiple sources, junior point guard Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas/Desert Pines H.S.) gave Utah a verbal commitment on Wednesday night.

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