Within one press release, the Utah basketball program announced the medical retirement of center Jeremy Olsen, and the addition of Lorenzo Bonam.
Olsen, who would be a senior this coming season, is stepping away from basketball due to injury issues. The Utah big man has been a consistent contributor in Utah's lineup ever since his freshman season. The loss of Olsen is definitely a blow to Utah's front court depth, especially when it comes to size. Dallin Bachynski just graduated, meaning the Utes are now down two centers. If Jakob Poeltl would have left for the NBA, the Utes would be in a world of hurt in the paint.
Fortunately for Olsen, he'll remain on a medical scholarship and will be a part of the team in a yet-to-be determined role.
Along with Olsen's departure, Utah also announced the addition of a new guard - Lorenzo Bonham from Gillette College. Bonham appears to be a nice addition, especially with his ability to score the ball. He averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game at the Wyoming based college.
With the departure of Olsen and the addition of Bonham, Utah is a smaller team, but hopefully now a little quicker and with a bit more of a scoring punch.
Below is the official release from the Utah athletics department.
SALT LAKE CITY--Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak and center Jeremy Olsen announced today that Olsen will be placed on a medical scholarship for his final season. Although Olsen is retiring from active competition due to injury, he will continue working with the team in a role to be determined while pursuing a graduate degree.
While the Utes lose Olsen, who played in 79 games over the last three seasons and played on the Pac-12 All-Star squad that toured China last summer.
"It's difficult to have my career cut short due to injury, but playing basketball for Utah has been one of the most amazing times of my life," said Olsen. "I have had so many great experiences with my teammates that I will cherish. Being a part of the progress this program has made has been so rewarding. This university is a place that my wife and I will always love. I am grateful that I will still be able to assist the program next year."
"Jeremy has been such a loyal and committed basketball player and he is also an incredible student, teammate and person," said Krystkowiak. "He came to this decision about a month ago and it is unfortunate that injuries will keep him from competing in his senior season. He will always be a big part of our program's revival."
Olsen is the Utah men's basketball program's first three-time first-team Academic All-Pac-12 selection and was also named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for his academic success.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., resident was a McDonald's All-American nominee, as well as Regional Player of the Year and All-Metro Atlanta during his prep career at Collins Hill High School.
He is married to former volleyball standout Chelsey Schofield, one of only four Utes to record 1,000 kills and digs during her career. Jeremy will graduate this spring with a degree in accounting.
Utah also announced the commitment of Lorenzo Bonam, a 6-4 guard from Inkster, Michigan, for the 2015-16 season.
Bonam averaged 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists this past season on his way to earning third-team All-American status at Gillette College in Wyoming. In two years, Bonam led the Pronghorns to a 56-12 mark, starting 64 of a possible 68 contests.
During his freshman season, Bonham was an All-Region selection as well as an All- Region IX Tournament choice.
Prior to Gillette, Bonam played at Robichaud High School where he averaged 23 points, five rebounds and six assists a game. He also received numerous honors, including Associated Press and Detroit Free Press All-State and All Conference, as well as All-City by the Dearborn Heights Press.
"Lorenzo provides another threat in our backcourt and will compete for time at both guard spots," Krystkowiak added. "We are excited to have him on campus as a part of the Ute family."