Utah Gets Another Aussie

Utah coach Ray Giacoletti had success with his last player from Australia, so the Utes opted to go that route again. They picked up one of the country's most promising players.

Utah coach Ray Giacoletti and his staff had success with Andrew Bogut, so it's no surprise they opted to go the Australian route again and got a letter of intent from the MVP of the Australian under-20 national tournament.

The Utes, who watched as Bogut was the top pick in the NBA Draft earlier this year, picked up a signature from 6-foot-6 1/2, 215-pound Stephen Weigh, who is in his second seaspon with the Australian Institute of Sport – the same junior national development program that produced Bogut.

Weigh, who signed the letter of intent prior to the end of the early signing period and sent it to Utah earlier this week, is a wing who can shoot with range and is explosive off the dribble.

``I built up a rapport with the Utah coaches over the past year and a half," Weigh said in a statement. "Then when I visited, it all just seemed right."

He led the AIS in scoring in July at the 2005 Jones Cup, averaging 18 points and five rebounds per game. He scored 26 points against Team USA and also had 32 points against the Japanese National Team. He also earned MVP honors at the Adidas Asa Superstar Camp.

``He's tough, strong and is a big athletic guard," said one Division 1 assistant coach who has seen him play. "If this kid was in the United States, he'd be a top 50 player without any doubt."

Weigh joins 6-foot-9, 205-pound Kim Tillie from France, local product Daniel Deane (6-8, 245), point guard Curtis Eatmon (6-3, 175) and David Foster (7-1, 220) as the five players who signed with the Utes in the early period.

The signing of Weigh also gives Utah five international players on its projected roster next season: Weigh, Tillie, Misha Radojevic (Serbia), Luke Nevill (Australia) and Jonas Langvad (Denmark).

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