Utah Utes Basketball: Should Jeremy Olsen Look At Options?


Feb 19, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes forward Jeremy Olsen (41) scores a basket during the second half against the Arizona Wildcats at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Arizona Wildcats won the game in overtime 67-63. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

As everyone knows, Utah Utes Basketball signed a big Austrian center, Jakob Poeltl.  If you follow that link I explain the ins and outs of what we can expect from Mr. Poeltl.  Essentially, he’s not thick and plays a Euro style so likely isn’t ready for prime time just yet.  But Utah went to a great deal of trouble to get him and likely made some promises about playing time, because if not, he’d have stayed in Europe and gone pro.

Which leads to the question, should Jeremy Olsen look at his options now?

On one side we know that Jeremy is engaged to a volleyball player, has served and mission and is older.  He may be content to simply finish it out and deal with whatever may come.

On the other side, if he wants to play big minutes over the remaining time he has, he should look at things now.  This year he’ll split time with Bachynski, not counting what Larry will do to fulfill the promises to Poeltl.  If Poeltl fulfills his upside promise, Olsen could be looking at a senior year with back up minutes.  If he wants something more, a transfer may be in order.

Although a third option could be that Olsen graduates by the end of next year and can transfer and play immediately.

In fact, this will be a question that will play itself out on next years roster in quite a few ways.  Lots of new talent coming in expecting big minutes with established players still expecting to play.  Few players seem to want to wait their turn anymore, so the ramifications of the playing time this fall will likely have some serious ripples.  It will be recurring subject this summer as there is nothing going on any ya gots to blog about something.

But the signing of Poeltl would seem to make Olsen’s situation the most immediate to deal with.

Just saying you should keep an eye out.