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Hoops: Utes land coveted Brazilian forward Renan Lenz

Published April 27, 2012 10:45 pm

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Finally, some good recruiting news for the Utes.

Utah's best-known remaining recruit committed to coach Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes on Tuesday night and is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Renan Lenz, a 6-foot-9 forward from Brazil, has long been a target of the Utes, who believe he can play in the paint but also step outside and hit jump shots.

For Arizona Western Junior College last year, Lenz averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds while leading the Matadors to a 26-7 record.

Lenz visited Utah last weekend after previous visits to Auburn, Virginia Tech and USC. In recent days, a national recruiting site reported that he had narrowed his choices to the Utes and Auburn.

Lenz's commitment came on the same day that UteZone.com reported the Utes had stopped recruiting junior college wing Givon Crump and two weeks after the Utes very publicly parted ways with forward Josh Hearlihy, a forward from Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) who signed in November.

After six players transferred out of the program following a 6-25 season, Krystkowiak has now locked up six players for next year and has two scholarships remaining. Headlined by West Jordan High star Jordan Loveridge, the class also consists of forward Jeremy Olsen (returned missionary), Dallin Bachynski (missionary), guard Justin Seymour (freshman) and guard Brandon Taylor (freshman).

The Utes had one of the most guard-heavy teams in the Pac-12 last year, but now appear poised to be among those with the most depth up front. Lenz joins Olsen, Bachynski, Loveridge, Jason Washburn and David Foster as players the Utes hope will contribute in the post.

— Bill Oram