Now that the Utes are in the market for a new head coach, there is going to be some uncertainty with the roster, potentially even more than normal. Earlier Lahat Thioune, Jordan and Brendan Wenzel all decided to enter the portal, and now Riley Battin has decided to put his name in as well. Battin being the biggest name thus far for the Utes to leave.
Battin was an occasional starter for the Utes in his three seasons, mostly in the first two, and really was a nice spark with his shooting. His size is also something that could be missed, with his 6-9, 230 pound frame. He only averaged 6.6 points on the season, but late in the season he seemed to catch some fire and played really nicely as the Utes really battled at the end. For his career he averaged only seven points per game, but he was just a solid rotational piece that the Utes are now going to have to replace. With the influx of young talent that came into the program the last season, his role was reduced a bit, but was still a nice cog to count on.
He and Thioune do thin out the front line for the Utes, and for each day that there is no coach at the hill, the roster uncertainty may grow, and transfers may start to vanish.