Utah basketball made noise Wednesday morning receiving the commitment of 6-foot-5 inch, 185 pound combo-guard, Jaxon Brenchley. Brenchley who will sign as a 2017 recruit, will delay joining the Utes until 2019 after he has completed an LDS church mission.
Brenchley's road to Utah has been a long one. As a child, Brenchley had the opportunity to follow his dad through many different parts of the world. The Logan, Utah native has lived in Arizona, Texas and Shanghai, China. After five years in China, he and his family returned to Logan and have been there for the last seven years. Back in his hometown, Brenchley was able to represent his community on the basketball court of Mountain Crest High School. As a junior, Brenchley began to turn heads. The all-around player averaged 18.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, five steals, two steals and a block. Brenchley is known as being a high basketball IQ player who is able to do everything well.
Brenchley’s senior year will be a new experience after Mountain Crest was divided into two schools. This year a new high school, Ridgeline, has been created and that is where Brenchley will finish his high school career alongside his former coach at Mountain Crest. “It’s right by my house, brand new this year,” said Brenchley. “A lot of my teammates from Mountain Crest are coming, and my brother- it should be a lot of fun.”
Brenchley has been primarily recruited by Utah assistant coach, Tommy Connor, and feels like he has a solid relationship with the entire staff. “I really like the coaches a lot. I’ve been in contact with them since I was a freshman. I’ve been coming down to football games, basketball games, watching practice and playing with their guys,” he explained. “We have a really good relationship.”
Having been able to observe him frequently, Brenchley feels like the coaches know exactly what they are getting with him as a player. “Tommy Connor and Coach K always told me that they see me as a program player. And being not necessarily a point guard, but a combo guard,” said Brenchley. “They say I do everything well: shoot it, drive, pass, handle the pressure and that I’d be a good leader here.”
The high school senior has a competitive drive that pushes him to do everything necessary to get the job done. “I’m always going to make the right play to win the game. All I want to do is win and make the right play. I feel like I’m really good at passing and driving to the bucket to score a bucket. My jump shot is really good,” he said.
Joining the Pac 12 Conference is a huge step to take and Brenchley knows he will have some work to do in order to be competitive. “I’m really working to increase my range and get more consistent from three. I feel like I can work on getting stronger and quicker. I think I do a lot of things really well.” He has no doubt that he is a Pac 12 caliber player. Benchley stated, “I can see myself being on the court and playing and being successful.”
With three years between now and the time Brenchley’s shoes squeak on the floor of the Huntsman Center, a lot of things could change but Brenchley is confident that the situation on the hill will still be great. “The coaches are great and Utah basketball is great. There’s always great players and the whole dynamic will be good,” he said. “I feel like I fit in good and I’ll be a really good player. Utah basketball is ‘Big Boy’ basketball and I’m ready for it.”