Last week, 6'3 guard Parker Van Dyke from East High School in Salt Lake City, received a scholarship offer from the University of Utah.
"I was really excited. I was kind of surprised at first a little bit, but I was just excited really, pure excitement."
Van Dyke holds offers from from Utah and Utah State, and has received a lot of interest from Arizona State and Stanford. Van Dyke will take unofficial visits to ASU and Stanford in the coming weeks.
When asked about each school on his list, the 2013 guard spoke highly of each of the four schools on his list.
About Utah State:
"I really like Utah State. I really like going up there, I really like their coaches, and how they run things. They've got a good tradition of winning. Everything has been positive with them, I really like how they run things."
"Stanford I have only talked to a little bit, they were in the gym yesterday and watched me play. From the coaches I've met, I really liked them. The education thing is definitely huge, it would be a great opportunity. Once I visit there, I'll probably learn a lot more."
"I know their head coach well. I've been talking to him for a couple of months now. I really like him. I've got some family living in Phoenix. Once I go on my visit I'll have to learn more about the program, but so far, I like the coaches a lot."
"I've always liked Utah. I like the coaches, and I like how they are starting to run their program, what their goals are this season. I'm excited to watch them play, and to see how they do things this year to see what direction they are headed. I'd like to try and see some of the practices in the future to see how their coaches coach and stuff like that."
Having been a life-long Ute fan, Van Dyke is familiar with the history of the program. As a local athlete, Van Dyke also knows some of Utah's current and future players, and has played with many of them in pickup games around Salt Lake City, or from high school and AAU run-ins.
"I like [the players at Utah]. I like some of the older guys that they have, and I like the new guys they have coming in. I'm excited to see how they do this year, especially in this new conference, how they adapt to playing better teams."
Van Dyke will evaluate his options over the course of the season, and hopes to make his decision before the beginning of his senior season.
"I think I'd probably like to commit sometime before the AAU season starts (next year). So probably sometime around late spring, or early summer."
Van Dyke will serve an LDS mission soon after graduating high school, and will join the school of his choice for the class of 2015.
East High Guard Picks Up Offer
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