With summer in full swing, college basketball coaches are switching focus from the class of 2011, to the classes of 2012 and 2013. With the class of 2011 in the rear window, here's a recap of Utah's 2011 recruiting class which features 8 players.
High School Recruits:
George Matthews (6'6, SF) –As one of the top players in Arizona, Matthews surprised many by committing to Utah in October of 2010. The 3 star scoring wing had offers from Utah, West Virginia, Boston College, Seton Hall, St Mary's and Pepperdine. Matthews has an excellent combination of athleticism, skill and size. Offensively, Matthews can be a matchup nightmare for opponents. Matthews is an above average rebounder for his position, pairing above average leaping ability with solid timing. Without a returning wing on the roster, Matthews will be expected to compete for playing time immediately.
Kareem Storey (6'0, PG) – Storey joins the Utes from Baltimore Maryland, where finished a solid high school career playing for Princeton Day Academy. A lightning quick guard who excels in the open floor, Storey can pretty much get anywhere he wants on the floor. Though not a high level scorer at this point, Storey shows very strong ability to get in the paint and kick out to teammates. As Storey gets stronger, he should be able to finish more plays in the paint. Defensively, Storey can really create havoc. Using his exceptional motor and quickness, Storey constantly applies defensive pressure on opposing guards. With current Utes Jiggy Watkins set to graduate after this season, and Chris Hines not being a true PG, the PG position in 2012 is wide open.
Anthony Odunsi (6'4, G) – Odunsi was a late addition to Utah's recruiting class. As a sophomore, Odunsi was a rising recruit before he took himself off the recruiting board. Odunsi committed to Iowa State during his Junior season, despite having interest from many higher profile schools. As a senior, the Travis High School product proved to be one of the top scorers in the state of Texas. After his senior season, Odunsi re-opened his recruiting process, ultimately choosing Utah over Butler, Penn St, and Providence. Off the court, Odunsi is a well-spoken, polite student athlete. On the court, Odunsi plays with an attitude. A relentless scorer, Odunsi uses a variety of offensive moves to score the ball. Odunsi is a beast on the dribble drive, and can pull up off the dribble. Odunsi's shot extends beyond the 3 point line. While his future may be as a PG, Odunsi is big enoughand versatile enough to play off the ball. Odunsi should compete immediately for playing time in Utah's backcourt.
Division 1 Transfers
Glen Dean (5'10, PG) – Dean played 2 seasons at the University of Eastern Washington before transferring to Utah. As a Division 1 transfer, Dean will sit out the 2011 season and join the Utes as a Junior in 2012. Despite a standout prep career at Seattle High School in Washington, Dean was not highly recruited. Dean chose Eastern Washington over the University of Montana, where current Ute assistant coach Andy Hill was an assistant at the time. Playing with a chip on his shoulder, Dean took the Big Sky Conference by storm, averaging 12 ppg while 43% from 3 point territory, and earning the Big Sky Freshman of the Year award. As a sophomore, Dean's high expectations were put on hold as missed the first half of the season with a broken foot. Eastern Washington struggled mightily while Dean was out with injury, ultimately leading to the firing of their head coach. After the head coach was fired, Dean announced his intentions to transfer. Dean will likely inherit the starting PG spot from Jiggy Watkins in 2012, and is expected to be one of Utah's top playmakers in 2012 and 2013.
Aaron Dotson (6'4, Wing) – As a prep, Dotson was one of the top wing prospects on the west coast. While at Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, WA), Dotson was an early commitment to Trent Johnson at Stanford. Showing elite athletic ability, with a developing outside shot, Dotson was a premiere high school recruit. When Trent Johnson took the Head Coaching job at LSU, Dotson followed as the gem of LSU's recruiting class. Dotson started for LSU as a true freshman, but his playing time decreased as the season progressed. As a sophomore, Dotson averaged 6.8 ppg, while shooting nearly 38% from 3pt. Being far away from home wore on Dotson, ultimately bringing him back to Pac 12 territory where he can be closer to his family. Dotson will sit out the 2011 season, and will play as a Junior for the Utes in 2012.
Junior College Recruits
Dijon Farr (6'6, Wing) – Farr is the highest rated Junior College recruit of Utah's 2011 class. Farr comes to Utah from Indian Hills Community College (Iowa), where former Ute Assistant Barret Peery is the new head coach. Farr played 2 years at IHCC, earning 1st team all Region 11 as a sophomore. Far was the only all region selection from IHCC. Farr averaged only 9 ppg, but stood out as an all-around player leading IHCC in steals and blocks, and was 2nd on the team in rebounding. Despite a slender build, Farr has great length for the small forward position, and may be able to slide down and play in the frontcourt at times. With Farr's versatility and athleticism, he should spend a lot of time on the floor for Utah. Offensively, Farr will not be relied on for much scoring, though his defensive disruption should create some easy scoring opportunities for The Runnin' Utes. Farr joins a Utah team that was near the bottom of the nation in forcing turnovers, and should quickly become a leader on this end of the floor, much the way David Foster has been for the past 2 seasons. Farr will join the Utes as a junior.
Cedric Martin (6'4, G) – Martin played his High School in Minnesota where he was one of the most popular players in the state. Martin was a team captain, and earned MVP honors for his performance in the state championship game. Martin played AAU ball for the same program that produced former Ute Nick Jacobsen and former Jazzman Kris Humphries. Despite some interest from the University of Minnesota, Martin chose to attend Lee Community College near Houston, TX. Lee CC is a part of Region 14, which is a very competitive junior college conference. Martin played both guard positions for Lee, showing good athleticism, leadership, and versatility. As a sophomore, Martin averaged 9.7 ppg, 5.2 rebs, and 4.2 apg, while shooting 43% from the field, 31% from 3 pt, and 70% from FT. Martin often drew the toughest defensive matchups each game. Martin will join the Utes as a Junior. Without a lockdown defensive player returning to Utah's backcourt, Martin may find his way onto the court for the Utes this season.
Javon Dawson (6'7, PF) – Physical, Bruiser, and Skilled were the 3 words most often used to describe Dawson. Tipping the scale at over 260 lbs out of High School, Dawson stood out both on the basketball court and the football field. A 2 star high school basketball recruit, Dawson enrolled at Gulf Coast Community College where he produced early and often. Dawson playing heavy minutes for a very talented Gulf Coast that finished 2nd in their conference in 2009. Dawson led the team in Rebounds as a true freshman, averaging 8 rebs per game, while scoring 9 ppg. Traditionally, JC players make a big jump between their freshman and sophomore seasons, and Dawson was poised to break out as a sophomore. Javon was considered one of the top freshman big men in the JC ranks. Unfortunately, Dawson suffered a torn ACL which caused him to redshirt and miss the entire 2010 season. Since that time, Dawson has shed some weight, and will likely play at 250 lbs. Despite the knee injury, Dawson committed to Colorado State, where his primary recruiter was current Ute Assistant Coach DeMarlo Slocum. When Slocum joined Krystkowiak's staff at Utah, Dawson followed. Dawson is expected to be the third big man in a Ute rotation that will include David Foster and Jason Washburn. Dawson will is expected to play a key role on the team, being physically capable of matching the physical frontcourt players of the Pac 12. Dawson will join the Utes as Sophomore, with 3 years to play 3.
Biggest steal – Anthony Odunsi – Players of Odunsi's talent level are rarely available late in the recruiting process. Utah landed Anthony in May. Throw in the fact that Odunsi was committed to Iowa State (the school that signed Will Clybrun away from the Utes), and Odunsi is the best choice for biggest steal.
Most likely first year impact player – Dijon Farr – Utah does not return any wing players from last year's team. With opportunity for playing time available, and a team that needs help in virtually every area, Farr brings a lot of different skills to the table. While other newcomers may score more points, none should have a bigger all-around impact than Farr.
Player with most upside – George Matthews – Most of Utah's 2011 recruits will be able to defend their positions at a Pac 12 level. Matthews should be able to defend, rebound, and score at a Pac 12 level. Scouts from the next level will watch Matthews' development closely as his ceiling is definitely high enough for him to make a living playing basketball.
2011 Basketball Recruiting Class Recap
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