Basketball Recruiting Reset

With the fall open recruiting period underway, here's a look at how Utah Basketball's recruiting class stands, and what's in store for future classes.

2012 prospects:

Jeremy Olsen (6'10, Center) - Signed with Utah
Returning Missionary, redshirted with Utah in 09-10. Set many records during a nice high school career at Collins Hill in Georgia. Career Leader in points scored (1,409), rebounds (898), field goals made (566), blocked shots (244), games played (109) and games started (97). Single-season record holder in points (548), rebounds (308), field goals made (211) and blocks (77) ... The highly decorated senior was a McDonalds All-American nominee, Gwinnett County Player of the Year, Region 7AAAAA Player of the Year, 1st-team All-Gwinnett County and All-Metro Atlanta. Olsen was chose Utah over Xavier, Tulane, and South Florida.

Jordan Loveridge (6'7, Small Forward)– Committed to Utah
Loveridge is a versatile forward who projects as a Small Forward, but can play face up Power Forward in some situations. Loveridge is a 3 star prospect who has consistently outplayed many of the recruits rated ahead of him when they met in the AAU circuit. Loveridge is a strong, physical player who can score in a variety of ways. He's relentless as a rebounder, and shows tremendous energy on the floor. He has range on his jump shot to 21 feet, and can score through contact in traffic when attacking the rim. Loveridge made lasting impressions on coaches while playing with Utah Pump-N-Run, leading his team deep into each summer tournament the team entered. Loveridge chose Utah over Utah State, Weber State, BYU, Colorado State, and several high major schools.

Josh Hearlihy (6'7, Wing)– Committed to Utah
Hearlihy is a very long 6'7 Wing from Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, California. Hearlihy had offers from Santa Clara, Portland, Wyoming, San Diego, Utah, and a pending offer from Stanford if his transcripts confirmed that his grades met admissions levels (which they would). He made the decision before hearing back from Stanford. He was also recruited heavily by Arizona State, Vanderbilt, and Boston College, though did not get offers. Notre Dame had shown interest last year, but backed off when they got some other recruits. Hearlihy played PG-PF on his high school team and was the key guy that made everything go. His team featured 2 other big-time D1 recruits; Damien Cain (2011) who is headed to Colorado and 4-star PF Zena Edosomwan (2012) who has a list of Cal, Harvard, Texas, USC, Wake Forest and Washington. Hearlihy averaged nearly 17 ppg, shot 48%, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 steals on that team that won their division championship. Hearlihy is a very high energy player with a good basketball frame.

Ben Carter (6'8.5, Power Forward)– Offered by Utah
Ben Carter is a very skilled 3 star Power Forward prospect from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carter plays high school ball with the #1 recruit in America Shabazz Muhammad, PF/C Demitris Morant (UNLV commit), and 4 star PF Rosco Allen. Carter is long and still growing…could max out near 6'10. He excels as a playmaker. Carter is a coaches dream with his combination of skills, motor, and court awareness. Carter is being recruited by Oregon, Utah, UNLV, and Auburn of late. Carter will be in SLC on October 1st for the Washington football game, and will likely make his decision in the next month.

Justin Seymour (6'4, Shooting Guard)– Offered by Utah
Justin Seymour is the definition of an "under-the-radar" recruit. Seymour has the ability to play both guard positions, but presents the most matchup problems for opponents when slotted as a SG. Seymour plays for a very good AAU team with several other quality players. Seymour has a very good shooting stroke with range out beyond the 3 point line. Seymour has offers from Utah, San Diego State, UCF, Houston, and others. Seymour will be in SLC on October 1st for the Washington game.

Adonis Filer (6'3.5, Point Guard)– Offered by Utah
Filer is currently playing prep ball back at Notre Dame Prep School in Massachusetts. Filer is a point guard with the ability to play some shooting guard. Filer excels at getting wherever he wants on the floor, and either finishing in the paint, or finding open teammates. Filer has the ability to shoot out to three point range. Defensively, Filer will torment his opponents and can be a shut down defender at times. Filer is being recruited by Baylor, Oregon State, Tennessee and Utah. Filer is expected to visit SLC on October 1st as well.

Richard Longrus (6'6, Small Forward) – Longrus is a very long wing slasher with elite athleticism. Longrus is rated as a 2 star prospect, and like many high school players with his size, has played frontcourt in high school, though he projects as a wing. Longrus has offers reported from Utah, Colorado, Washington State and Stanford. Longrus was scheduled to visit Utah sometime this month.

T.J. Shipes (6'8, Power Forward)
TJ Shipes is a very strong and physical big man from Buford High School in Georgia. Shipes moves very well for his size and shows good speed, agility and leaping ability. Shipes has not been heavily recruited, and would likely be a project with the natural abilities to develop down the road. Shipes has offers from Appalachian State, Cal Poly, Georgia Southern, and Murray State.

Marcel Davis (6'3, Point Guard) – Committed to Utah State
Marcel Davis is a guy to keep an eye on over the next several months of the recruiting process. Davis is a very talented point guard from American Fork High School in Utah, and has risen up recruiting boards consistently over the past couple of seasons. Davis committed to Utah State during his sophomore season of high school, and has since watched the WAC explode, BYU's move to independence, and Utah's move to the Pac-12. Davis is the other half of Utah Pump-N-Run's dynamic duo alongside Jordan Loveridge. Davis has not been in communication with Utah coaches, but is certainly a player to watch this year.

Quincy Bair (6'5, Shooting Guard) – Committed to Utah State
Bair is a 6'5 wing with elite athleticism. With high expectations entering the summer AAU circuit, Bair took a backseat to Loveridge and Davis on Utah Pump-N-Run. Bair was offered a scholarship by Larry Krystkowiak early after the coaching change, which reportedly upset Utah State's coaching staff. Bair stayed firm in his commitment to the Aggies.

Jordan Chatman (6'5, Shooting Guard) – Committed to BYU
The son of former BYU star Jeff Chatman. Jordan was a highly respected wing prospect from the Pacific Northwest. After flirting with Utah, Stanford, Washington State, and Utah State, Jordan ultimately committed to the school his father played at. Chatman will depart on an LDS mission before enrolling at BYU.

Ryan Rosburg (6'10, Center) – Offered by Utah
Rosburg is a big 7 footer from Chesterfield, Missouri. Rosburg shot up recruiting boards after an extremely strong junior season and AAU circuit. Rosburg reminded me of a Chris Burgess-like player. Utah offered Rosburg late, and is not currently being considered by Rosburg. The 3 star recruit had offers from Utah, Missouri, Missouri State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Stanford and Creighton. Rosburg currently is sitting on a top 5 list that does not include Utah.

Wally Ellenson (6'5, Wing) – Committed to Minnesota
Ellenson is one of the best high jumpers in the country. He's the type of recruit where colleges see athleticism in every facet of his life, and project him as a developing basketball player, while already being a tremendous shooter. Utah was late on Ellenson, but remained in consideration until Tubby Smith came calling from the University of Minnesota. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin wing committed shortly after receiving the hometown offer.

Tyler Ott (6'5, Wing) - Committed to UC Davis
Ott is a 6'5 wing prospect from Desert Hills High School in Saint George, Utah. Ott is a slashing wing with great leaping ability, also coming from a high jumping background. Ott had spoken with Utah, but ultimately recognized that he wasn't high on Utah's list of priorities, and committed this week to UC Davis.

2013 prospects:

Jabari Parker (6'7, Wing) – Offered by Utah
Jabari Parker is the undisputed #1 player in the class of 2013, and may be the best player high school player in America this year as a junior. Parker literally has his choice of any school in America, and often has entire coaching staffs from the top basketball programs in America at his workouts. Parker has family ties to Utah and is LDS. Parker has taken unofficial visits to both Utah and BYU. Utah has remained in Parker's top 10, but do not appear to be a serious contender to make the top 3.

Jabari Bird (6'5, Shooting Guard) – Offered by Utah
Bird is in the same boat as Parker in many regards. Bird is a 5 star recruit who has his choice of schools, however Utah has remained on his list of schools he's interested in.

Julian Jacobs (6'2, Point Guard) – Offered by Utah
Julian Jacobs is a fast rising point guard from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada with all-around skills. The 6'2 PG averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game as a sophomore playing varsity basketball. Jacobs is seeing an increase in his recruitment with offers from Utah,
Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, and Santa Clara. Virginia Tech and USC have also started recruiting the 2013 PG more aggressively and may offer soon. At this point, Jacobs told InsideTheUtes that Utah was his leader at this point, but plans to wait and evaluate all of his options thoroughly.

Parker Van Dyke (6'4, Shooting Guard)
Parker Van Dyke is one of the top remaining scorers in the state of Utah, and will only be a junior this season. The 6'4 shooting guard has a strong midrange game and has a knack for scoring (19 ppg as a sophomore). Utah has been recruiting Van Dyke but are yet to offer. Van Dyke is a life-long Utah fan, who has received an offer from Utah State, and also has interest from BYU and Arizona State.

Luke Wilshire (6'4, Shooting Guard)
Wilshire started the summer "under-the-radar", but was discovered early by Utah. Wilshire is a lethal shooter from long distance, making nearly 42% of his three point attempts, and making an average of 4 three pointers per game as a sophomore in high school. Wilshire has now received interest from over 20 schools, including Washington State, Air Force, Saint Mary's, UTSA, SMU, Utah and Boise State.

Maurice Kirby (6'9, Power Forward/Center)
Kirby is a very long 6'9 big man who doctors expect to grow a couple of more inches. Kirby has a nicely developing interior game, and will be one of the top big men recruited on the west coast in 2013. Kirby originally committed to Arizona State early in his sophomore season, and spent the next several months questioning whether or not he made the right decision. Toward the beginning of summer, Kirby de-committed from Arizona State. While Kirby is still considering ASU, he is talking to Utah, Oklahoma and Texas. Many additional schools are now after the talented big man.

Brandon Miller (6'2, Point Guard)
The younger brother to Corbin Miller and grandson of Larry Miller. Brandon Miller is a strong shooting point guard from Brighton High School in Salt Lake City. Miller's older brother was heavily recruited by Jim Boylen, but ultimately chose an Ivy League education, and now plays at Harvard. Brandon Miller has spoken to Utah, Utah State, Arizona State, BYU, Harvard, and Virginia Tech.

Nick Emery (6'1, Point Guard) – Committed to BYU
Nick Emery is arguably the best prospect in the state of Utah. Emery led Lone Peak High School to a 5A state title in the state of Utah as a sophomore. Emery has received interest from several o f the top basketball programs in America, but took himself off the recruiting board by committing early to BYU where he will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Jackson Emery. Emery is one of the top PGs in the west for the class of 2013.

2014 prospects:

Jared Stutzman (6'5, Wing) – Offered by Utah
Stutzman is a young 6'5 wing with great shooting ability and guard skills. Stutzman plays his high school ball in Idaho Falls for Bonneville High School, but plays AAU ball for Utah Pump-N-Run. Utah was the first school to offer Stutzman, and has become quite fond of Utah as a result of so much interest from Utah coaches. Stutzman now has offers from both Utah and Weber State, and continue to hear from many additional schools.

Ryan Andrus (6'8, Power Forward/Center)
Andrus is the teammate of Stutzman on Utah Pump-N-Run, and plays his high school ball Marcel Davis and Quincy Bair at American Fork High School. Andrus is very big for his age at 6-8, and is expected to continue growing over the next few years. Andrus has been offered by Utah State, and has also received interest from Utah.

TJ Haws (6'4, Wing) – Committed to BYU
Haws is the younger brother of current BYU player Tyler Haws (on a mission). Many scouts who have seen him play believe that he has the highest ceiling of any player currently in the Utah High School basketball system. Haws played an integral role on the Lone Peak team (with Emery) that won the 2010 5A state championship. Haws has remained very quiet early in his recruitment, but broke the silence in a dual commitment to BYU along with Nick Emery.

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