Krystkowiak Wants Stutzman to be a Ute

2014 wing Jared Stutzman receives his first offer from the University of Utah.

While in California with his family, Stutzman placed a phone call to Larry Krystkowiak, the head coach at the University of Utah.

"I'm sitting in the car, and I've got him on the phone, and he's like "How would you like to be a Ute"? I'm like, "what does that mean coach?" he's like "I'm just letting you know, that we'd like you to come play in the Pac 12 for the University of Utah. If you want to come here, we've got a scholarship waiting for you".

In the past 20 years, no basketball player from the state of Idaho is known to have received a scholarship offer prior to entering their sophomore year of High School. On Saturday, 2014 recruit Jared Stutzman was offered by the University of Utah.

Not bad for a kid that just received his eagle scout award last week.

Stutzman comes from a strong sports pedigree. Jared's mother has her volleyball uniform hanging from the rafters of New Mexico State's gym.

While attending his high school basketball camp as a 6th grader, Stutzman was issued a challenge from the head varsity coach. The coach challenged Stutzman to become a starter on the varsity basketball team as a freshman.

As a freshman, Stutzman started 22 games for the varsity team. Stutzman led the team in FG%, was 2nd in average minutes played, and was the 3rd in scoring at 12 ppg.

"I think the best part of my game is my ability to shoot the ball, and my attacking the rim has gotten a lot better this year. I wasn't very good at attacking the rim before, but it's gotten a lot better. But I think the thing that helps me the most is that I'm pretty tall, so it causes a lot of matchup problems on the wing."

At 6'5 and 180 lbs, Stutzman already has good size for the wing position in college, which is where Utah wants him to play. If Stutzman continues to grow (which he should), he could become a matchup nightmare at the next level.

"My whole life, people have been trying to put me in the post, but I knew if I wanted to play in college, I'd have to play on the wing. So I play the 2/3 a lot, but I'll sometimes go down to the 4, but just for lineup purposes. But I am that wing player, I'm not a post."

Stutzman lives in Idaho, but travels to Salt Lake City to play AAU ball with the highly talented Utah Pump-N-Run.

"The AAU club is in Boise, and that's 4 hours away, and Salt Lake is 3 ½, so we kind of checked out both, and liked the Utah one better."

Playing for UPNR has given Stutzman the opportunity to go head to head against some of the best players in America.

"We've got a tournament in Vegas on Thursday this week, then straight to Anaheim again. We just got back from Anaheim last week."

Stutzman has officially arrived on the recruiting scene. The sweet shooting wing has already received interest from Utah, BYU, Utah State, Boise State and Butler, with unofficial visits to Utah, BYU and Utah State.

"it's going to be a fun few years ahead. It's already been fun so far. I don't think there's a lot of pressure right now from schools or anything, so it's kind of been fun for me right now."

Stutzman enters the recruiting process without any favorite schools, though he's most famililar with the schools in Utah.

"I've always just been a fan of college basketball. I like all three of BYU, Utah, and Utah State. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. I've watched all of them growing up."

Although Tommy Connor has been Stutzman's primary recruiter, Krystkowiak delivered the offer to the excited recruit over the phone. Stutzman sees the coaching pair as strong pieces in Utah's rebuilding efforts.

"It was really exciting. I was pretty happy about it."

"I think it's going to be an exciting few years to see how it all plays out. You got Coach K with a lot of experience. I know Tommy Connor did a great job at Westminster. And so I think they have a lot of the pieces of a really great team."

Utah's Pac 12 affiliation may also help their chances at landing Stutzman.

"I think it's great that they are going to the bigger conference. It will be, not a huge factor, but it will be one of the factors when it comes time to decide."

With a few more years of high school left to complete, Stutzman is in no hurry to choose a school. However, don't be surprised if Stutzman makes a decision long before he's done with high school.

"I probably won't wait too long, but I'm not going to commit right now."

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