SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak announced the addition of three players, Brekkott Chapman, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Wright, for the 2014-15 season.
"I am thrilled to have these three young men join our program," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "They each epitomize what we search for in a student-athlete. They are tremendous young men with excellent skill sets, great work ethic and high character. This is a great day for Utah basketball."
Kyle Kuzma is originally from Burton, Michigan. Scout.com currently lists Kuzma as the 25th best power forward in the nation for his class and ESPN recently featured him as a four-star commit that could potentially be a centerpiece to a team. A potential mismatch problem with some throwback tools on the low post, he covers the court, handles the ball well and is active on the offensive glass.
The 6-9 wing has a unique combination of size, length, and skill and continues to improve after averaging roughly 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Rise Academy in his first year against national competition. Kuzma selected Utah over UConn, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee and Seton Hall.
"It's all about relationships," Kuzma said. "I built a good relationship with coach Krystkowiak and coach Slocum. They made me feel comfortable and I felt good about where the program was headed. I couldn't wait to get to Utah and get started. I went to a football game and I loved the atmosphere. It's been great."
Brekkott Chapman is a local product having attended Roy High School in Roy, Utah. The 6-8 forward is ranked No. 12 in the class of 2014 by ESPN and also plays for the Utah Prospects AAU team. An extremely promising prospect due to his savvy, length, and skill set, the rangy left-hander has terrific ball skills (triple threat game) and always appears to make the right basketball play.
He can knock down the jump shot, drop off a nifty assist, or convert buckets in the open court due to his polished skill set. He plays with a great pace and never gets himself into trouble with the dribble. He is always on balance and he plays this game with a high IQ.
Chapman picked Utah over Arizona, ASU, BYU, Colorado, Gonzaga and UCLA after averaging averaged 19 points and 8.6 rebounds last season. He will join another local standout, Jordan Loveridge, who was widely regarded as the state's top prospect for 2012.
"It's just the way I feel when I'm here," Chapman explained. "It's a feeling I haven't had on any other campuses I've visited. That's a huge thing to me. Coach Krystkowiak has been dedicated to me. That was a big part of it. It shows that they were dedicated to me and that I was the guy they wanted."
Isaiah Wright, a 6-2 point guard, attends Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. He is a quintessential lead guard who facilitates the offense with composure and has all the physical intangibles. A player who can get where he needs to go with the dribble, Wright penetrates well and is a pass-first backcourt player.
The 2013 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals as a junior as he chose the Utes over Boise State and Creighton. Wright's accolades also include being named the 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year and MVP of the 5A Idaho State Tournament while leading his squad to a state title. A well-rounded student-athlete, Wright has also volunteered at the Special Olympics and Rake Up Boise.
"I think the big thing for me was that coach Connor was recruiting me for quite a while, starting my sophomore year," Wright said. "We created a great relationship and I just felt something when I went up there that I didn't feel at other places. I knew I wanted to go there. I love the coaching staff and I think we can build a special thing."
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