Three-star 2017 PG Jaxon Brenchley commits to Utah

Local point guard Jaxon Brenchley committed to Utah on Wednesday. Why did the three-star prospect choose the Utes and what kind of player is Utah getting?

Utah started off its 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday, when 6-foot-4, 180-pound Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest point guard Jaxon Brenchley committed to the Utes.

"I'm very happy I committed to Utah today," Brenchley told Scout. "I love the coaching staff; I believe they can develop me into the best player I can become.

"I love the facilities and the school as a whole. I love the chance to play in the Pac-12 as well as receive a great education."

According to Lynn Lloyd, who coached Brenchley with Exum Elite, there were several reasons why the three-star prospect chose Utah.

“Jaxon wanted the challenge of the Pac-12,” said Lloyd. “He likes Larry (Krystkowiak) and their emphasis on team play and defense and gets to play near home.”

A point guard with very good size, Brenchley is a point guard who has upside due to his size for the position and feel. He has a very high basketball IQ, good ball skills and really knows how to play.

Brenchley's best value offensively is his passing and decision making, but he handles the ball well and does a nice job changing speeds, taking defenders off the dribble, getting to the basket or pulling up from midrange and dropping runners and floaters.

“Jaxon first and foremost competes every possession,” said Lloyd. “Jaxon has good size, a very good passer and solid midrange pull-up game. His three-point shooting is much improved from a year ago. Jaxon will be an asset to Utah.”

Brenchley, who also held offers from Penn, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Utah State and Utah Valley, is Utah’s first commitment of the 2017 class.

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