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Why the Utes have no in-state players under scholarship

Published May 25, 2011 12:30 pm

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Given this week's news that former Lone Peak star Josh Sharp is on the verge of exiting the Utes basketball program, Utah is currently looking at a roster with no scholarship players from Utah. Larry Krystkowiak has stated that bringing in Utah players is a priority, although that is not reflected in Krystkowiak's recent class. That can be attributed to one very good reason: No local players were good enough. By the time Krystkowiak took over the program in early April, only one Division 1 prospect, West point guard Tyrell Corbin, remained unsigned. Corbin seemed like a natural fit, given the Utes bounty of available scholarships, Krystkowiak's relationship with Tyrell's dad, and Utah Jazz head coach, Tyrone Corbin and the opportunity to connect locally. "When we put our heads together we came to a decision to go another direction," Krystkowiak said. The Utes signed two other point guards, Kareem Storey and Anthony Odunsi, over Corbin, who eventually signed at UC-Davis.It's worth noting that former Olympus guard Corbin Green, who has spent the last two seasons at Snow College, is expected to walk on with Utah next season, ensuring Krystkowiak's first team isn't completely devoid of local players. • There has been a great deal of banter about the standoff between Krystkowiak and Sharp (or Sharp's family, which is doing the negotiating while Sharp finishes his LDS mission in Texas). One tweak from my story in Tuesday's Tribune: The appeals process is actually done, now the question is just whether the Sharps want to seek legal action to get a full release, or if they will accept that Sharp will have to walk on for one year if he opts to attend another school in Utah or the Pac-12. The Utes are not doing anything new here. It's certainly standard operating procedure that a release comes with these provisions. Utah's perspective is that the program have already committed three years to Sharp and if he wants to leave, they don't want to have to face him at least twice each season, nor do they want him taking his talents to a direct rival. As I wrote this week, Sharp feels that since he didn't sign with Krystkowiak, he shouldn't be bound to Krystkowiak.

• Finally, if you missed it, J.J. O'Brien officially signed on at San Diego State, which O'Brien calls, "the perfect place."

— Bill Oram