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Guiot came for Boylen, not a new coaching staff

Preston Guiot's reason for playing for Utah is gone, which means he is leaving too.

Guiot, a 6-foot, 185-pound guard out of Bolivar, Mo., said he is transferring to play for his father, who coaches at Southwest Baptist University because he came to Utah to play for Jim Boylen, who was fired on March 12.

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"I really liked coach Boylen and when he got fired, that kind of made my decision," he said.

"Playing time was a factor also and losing isn't fun," he added. "I don't want to go through another season like that."

Guiot said backup wing Antonio DiMaria, also plans to transfer. Already the Utes have granted releases to Will Clyburn and J.J. O'Brien, although both have indicated they might remain in the program.

Guards Josh Watkins and Dominique Lee have yet to decide whether they want to transfer.

Despite the possibility of losing several players, new coach Larry Krystkowiak didn't feel the need to make much of an effort to keep two more players in the fold.

Both Neal Monson, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center out of Waterford school in Sandy and Josh Fuller, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound wing out of Rexburg, Idaho, have been told they could walk onto the team when they return from their missions, the fathers of both players confirmed Saturday.

Both players joined the Utes on academic scholarships and redshirted this year with the understanding they could have a scholarship when they return from their missions.

Monson is going to serve in Mexico and Fuller is going to Chile.

While the fathers of both players understand the agreement for scholarships was made with the previous coaching staff, they are disappointed the new staff hasn't expressed more interest in retaining the two, especially with so many defections from the program.

"I wish there was more of a connection with the coaches but there hasn't been one," said David Fuller, Josh's father. "I know the game and I think my son could play at that level. I feel bad the way the program is heading right now."

Fuller was Idaho's Gatorade Player of the Year, averaging 17 points and eight rebounds while Monson averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for Waterford. Waterford is coached by his father, Reid, who played for the Utes from 1986-89.

"I know with a new man running the program, this kind of stuff happens," Reid Monson said. "But you'd hope they'd assess the talent level first before making decisions."



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