We are in the middle of the football season, which usually means we are getting closer to the start of basketball season. Both the men’s and women’s programs will preview what they are bringing into this coming season Wednesday night with a Night with the Utes at the Huntsman Center. A scrimmage, and other festivities that the fans have always had a great time with. Everything tips off at 7pm Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center, and if you’re there early, you may have an opportunity to take advantage of this great offer:
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With the men’s team, there is a lot of excitement around the new additions that have come into the program, as this is as hyped of a class as we’ve seen in a long time on the Hill. The Utes are bringing in three transfer players, including Novak Topalovic graduate transfer from Idaho State, the JC National College Player of the Year Charles Jones, Jr., (College of Southern Idaho) and Brandon Morley (Salt Lake Community College)
Incoming high school players new to the team are: Naseem Gaskin (Oakland, Calif.), Both Gach (Austin, Minn.), Kevin Kremer (Chico, Calif.), Timmy Allen (Mesa, Ariz.), Riley Battin (Oak Park Calif.) and Lahat Thioune (Dakar, Senegal). There is a ton of excitement around the likes of Allen and Battin, and both of those guys could see plenty of playing time this season. These guys will join returners Parker Van Dyke, Sedrick Barefield, Donnie Tillman and Jayce Johnson.
The key for this men’s team is how quickly will they mesh, and can they hit the ground running in Pac-12 play come January?
As for the women, they are led by third year head coach Lynn Roberts, who has rebuilt the program nicely. They’ve been to the NIT in back to back seasons, and hopefully they are getting closer to making it back to the NCAA tournament. Coach Roberts was rewarded a contact extension after last season after the work she’s put in with the program.
The Utes are bringing back two of its three leading scorers from a year ago in seniors Megan Huff, a 1st team All-Pac-12 selection, and Daneesha Provo. They are joined by seven fresh faces this year in Sarah Porter (Guard, Graduate Transfer), Ola Makurat (Forward, Transfer), Julie Brosseau (Guard, Transfer), Niyah Becker (Wing, Freshman), Lola Pendande (Forward, Freshman), Andrea Torres (Forward, Freshman) and Dre’Una Edwards (Forward/Wing, Freshman). Dru Gylten and Jordan Cruz are also poised to play this season after redshirting a season ago.