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Utah basketball - But can he play defense?

Looking at Justin Seymour reveals a freshman with a talented ability to put the ball into the basket.

Larry Krystkowiak knows this: He also doesn't really care at this point.

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It's obvious with each passing day that Seymour will receive significant minutes this season. So Krystkowiak wants to see him defend and do it well.

That's typically a challenge with rookies. And Seymour is no different.

"It's part of the adjustment period," Krystkowiak said. "We need Justin to be good everywhere on the court. People get caught up with scoring, and Justin is no different."

Each of the Utah freshmen are encountering their own unique issues.

Jordan Loveridge may already be the best rebounder on the team and the best inside-out player on the team. But he fouls alot.

Dakari Tucker can shoot it, and is athletic and long in the mold of a Pac-12 small forward. But can he create his own shot?

Brandon Taylor is quick and plays very good defense on the ball. But his lack of strength at this level is a problem.

Seymour, offensively, could wind up a true difference maker. But can he defend?

On Monday, Loveridge drove the lane and Seymour provided help defense. But he sucked himself too far into the lane, allowing Loveridge to kick the ball to Tucker for a game-winning 3-pointer. It's that kind of skill, not helping TOO much, that Seymour needs to learn.

If and when he can, though, he could become a dangerous weapon.

Because he can really score.

Tony Jones

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