Larry Krystkowiak and the Runnin' Utes have declared their emphasis on in-state recruiting. The coaching staff took a huge step in restoring a local presence on their roster with the commitment of 2012 recruit Jordan Loveridge from West Jordan, Utah.
It appears the staff has already taken steps to make inroads with another local 2013 prospect, Parker Van Dyke.
Van Dyke is no stranger on the high school scene in Utah. The local product started many games as a freshman at East High School in Salt Lake City, and averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists per outing as a sophomore in 2010.
"Right after my freshman year, so last summer, going into my sophomore year is when I started getting letters and stuff like that."
The 6'3, 170 pound Shooting Guard prospect is considered a strong shooter, but also takes pride in his ability to play create for others.
"I think I see the floor really well, and I can create and get other people involved. I also have a good midrange game, and can hit pull-ups and stuff."
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Van Dyke has seen his fare share of Utah games up close.
"I've been a Utah fan my whole life. My grandpa has front row seats to all the Utah basketball games, so I've been sitting on the front row…forever."
Van Dyke has been speaking to coaches from Utah, BYU, and Arizona State, but so far only has an offer from Utah State. He hopes and expects more offers to come along shortly.
When asked if there were any schools out there in particular that he hoped would offer, Van Dyke mentioned only 1 current school that he hoped would offer.
"I hope to get an offer from Utah. I'd like to get an offer from Utah especially, but not necessarily anyone else in particular. It would be cool to get recruited by some other schools in the Pac-12, but that's not really happening right now."
Though his interest in Utah is substantial, the talented scorer is making sure to consider all of his options.
"Growing up, I've always thought of playing with Utah and stuff, it's always been my dream. But then again, I'm not completely sure yet, we'll have to see what happens. I've talked to some other schools, and I'm still really interested in them also."
One other school that Van Dyke will look hard at is Arizona State. The 2013 prospect plans to go on an unofficial visit to Arizona State late in October.
In the meantime, Van Dyke is focused on improving his game. Some local coaches have stopped by to watch Van Dyke's workouts and track his progress. Coaches from Utah and Utah State have been in attendance in recent weeks.
Throughout the evaluation process, Van Dyke will be looking at coaching staffs, playing time, comfort level, and overall direction of a program.
"How is [Utah] going to do in the PAC-12 conference? I want to see progress. When the season ends, are they on the rise? Are they heading in the right direction? I also want to see how this coaching staff runs their program."
While questions remain about Utah's program, Van Dyke is optimistic after speaking with the new coaching staff.
"I'm really excited about where they are going. I really like the coaching staff, I think they are going to do a great job. I've played against one of their new recruits coming in. And I think in the years to come they will be pretty good. I've played some pickup ball with some of their current players, and they've got some talent there."
Van Dyke does not intend to wait until signing day to make his decision.
"At the earliest, by the end of this basketball season, and by the latest, I'd like to commit before the summer of next year."
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