The Grim Reaper

A year ago, the Utes kept Daniel Deane in the state. This year, Utah coach Ray Giacoletti made certain to keep one of the state's top players - Morgan Grim - close to home. The Riverton High (Utah) 6-foot-7 junior made it official on Thursday.

Morgan Grim decided it was time. The Riverton High (Utah) 6-foot-7, 205-pound junior forward had played well in April, yet few of the high-major types came calling.

In-state Utah had been on Grim, who averaged 18 points per game last season and 22 in the postseason, for the better part of the past year and extended an offer last August.

``I was surprised that no one really called right after April," Grim said. "I played my best basketball in April and I didn't really here from anyone. Then everyone started in the last week or so, but it was too late."

Grim had a strong showing last weekend when AAU team knocked off powerhouse Southern Cal All-Stars. Grim averaged 17.3 points in a trio of pool-play games.

``I really like Coach (Ray) Giacoletti," he added. "He's a really good coach and he reminds me of my high school coach. Plus, I like the fact that I'm staying close to home."

Grim, who plays for Utah Pump ‘N Run and will play in the NBA Camp and likely at the Nike Camp in July, fielded another offer from Weber State.

Grim is long and does a nice job finishing in the paint. He still needs to put on some weight and work on his perimeter skills.

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