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Krystkowiak gets commitment from California star Josh Hearlihy (updated)

Utah basketball has picked up its second commitment from the class of 2012.

Josh Hearlihy, a 6-foot-7 forward for Harvard-Westlake in the Los Angeles area, committed to coach Larry Krystkowiak Tuesday during a visit at Hearlihy’s home.

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Scout.com first reported the commitment.

Hearlihy, who said he intends to sign during November’s early signing period, also had offers from Wyoming, Santa Clara and San Diego. As a junior he averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, was an All-CIF selection and helped Harvard-Westlake to a sectional championship.

For the Wolverines, Hearlihy has played every position and expects to have a similar role when he suits up at Utah.

"I think I’m going to play anywhere from the two or the three and occasionally they might put me at the one or the four," he said.

Last month, the Krystkowiak got a commitment from 6-foot-5 West Jordan forward Jordan Loveridge. Hearlihy isn’t quite the blue-chip recruit Loveridge was. ESPN rates Hearlihy as a two-star recuit, and 34th best player coming out of California next year.

Hearlihy said he got to know Loveridge during an unofficial visit to Utah in August, and that he’s looking forward to teaming up with the No. 1 prospect out of the state.

"I’m excited to play with him," he said. "He’s a really good basketball player and a really good person it seems like."

Hearlihy said he will make an official visit to Utah in October.

The Utes recent struggles were not a deterrent he said. In fact, they had the opposite effect.

"I think that was one of the things that excited me the most," he said, "was to be able to have a chance to be a part of something that could possibly take off. Do something really big and get back to the previous years when they used to be a top dog in the NCAA."

Hearlihy said he clicked with the Utah coaching staff, particularly Krystkowiak.

"He’s a great guy," Hearlihy said. "He’s quiet at some times but also has energy in his own way. I feel like I’m going to love playing for him and the assistant coaches, too."

Being from California, the Utes recent move to the Pac-12 was, needless to say, a selling point for Hearlihy.

"Not only do I get to stay on the west coast, where my parents and family and friends gets to come and see me," he said, "I get to play against top competition in the country."

— Bill Oram



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