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Utes Basketball- Season In Review (Part Two)

Yesterday we looked at the just completed season of Utah Utes basketball and asked the question, did we really see enough to say winning is around the corner.  So it seems appropriate to see what we will have on the court around the corner.  So here is what is returning.

Seniors: Glen Dean G, Aaron Dotson G, Renan Lenz F

Juniors: Dallin Bachynski C

Sophomores: Jordan Loveridge F, Jeremy Olsen F, Justin Seymour G, Dakari Tucker G, Brandon Taylor G, Harry Whitt C

New Comers: Delon Wright Jr G, Marko Kovacevic Jr C, Parker Van Dyke FR G (Note: Brandon Miller is going directly on his mission)

But now comes the moment you’ve all be waiting for, who else will be departing from the team.  Now let me say this, I’ve both heard from multiple sources these folks are out and if you look at how playing time shook out, it’s not hard to guess.

Three players will be almost certain not to return, their names are Glen Dean, Aaron Dotson and Justin Seymour.

If you can count, you can see the Utes have a whole lot of guards and not a lot of guard minutes to go around.  If you add in that Loveridge will be striving to make the move to the three, you can see where the log jam is.  The Utes didn’t bring in Delon Wright and ask Parker Van Dyke to play so they won’t see the court.  And considering Dean lost his job to a guy on the roster and two more guys who play his position are coming in, well that one is easy to see.

One interesting plot point however, is to get Dean to come from Eastern Washington, this staff promised him admission to medical school.  So we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve been told the staff is just utterly unhappy with Aaron Dotson and again we’ve got a ton of guys who play the same position, so where will his minutes come from.

As for Justin Seymour, I think it’s the same thing.  We saw Tucker get the playing time at the end of the season.  Seymour seemed to fall out of favor after his suspension for being late for curfew at the Washington game.  Some guys have to go.

Finally, and I’m just working off of my own thoughts here and people say I’m crazy.  But if you’re Brandon Taylor, don’t you have to look at moving along.  We’ll talk about lineups tomorrow, but we’ve got two guys in to play the position you started at.  That would communicate that the staff has concerns.  Now if your Taylor do you spend your career at Utah backing up other points or do you go somewhere that you could play big minutes, as he could at say a WCC school.

And if you’re Utah aren’t you a little concerned about a 5’11″ PG.  Just food for thought.

Tomorrow we’ll look at what some lineups might look like.

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  • Lance Howell

    Man I hear you on the Taylor thing. My buddy asked me early in the year why he wasn’t playing. I said he’s too small. However, I was sold after watching him the last half of the year. The kid can shoot and handle the ball. I think he can pass too but needs to work on his decision making. I hope he stays. But I’m still with you on the small part. Plus I think he’s more like 5’9″. Let’s just not have two guys on the court that small at the same time like we so often did this year. You can afford to have one…

    Also where do you hear stuff like the medical school promise? Clearly they can’t do that. Wouldn’t that be a violation? I mean its one thing to sell the positives of the school, but to promise admission to medical school. I’m skeptical that’s even allowed.

    I don’t think Weight is a point guard is he? So Taylor doesn’t have to sweat too much. Van dyke will fit right in (I hope).

    • Hoyos_Revenge

      I will say I’m as sure of the medical school promise as I am of anything. And honestly it wouldn’t be hard to justify if Dean was even close on grades as the U of U med school is short on minority and women candidates. If you trust me on ANYTHING, trust me this happened.

      In fact if you read between the line in the following link, he essentially says it. Why would going to Utah help with med school. Kids go to med school from Eastern every year, they have all the required courses. And why had he agreed to return to Eastern then suddenly backs out.

  • $5910044

    Just as you do, I have sources. And let me just say that while I get where you are coming from on Brandon Taylor, he isn’t going anywhere. He loves it here and quite frankly, he sees the job as his.

    I think the coaches envision Delon Wright at the 2.

    But, interesting info on the other three you mentioned as likely gone.

    • Hoyos_Revenge

      I like Taylor, I hope he stays. But a great many people are talking about Wright and/or Van Dyke running the point and being on the floor together. I just hope the staff is upfront about their plans for him.

      • $5910044

        Agreed. Though I do think Delon will primarily be a 2. Still, a long offseason is ahead.