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Utah Basketball - The emergence of Renan Lenz

Published October 25, 2012 10:36 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In the first few days of practice, the 6-foot-9 Brazilian looked hesitant.

He's almost done a complete 180 since that first week.

It culminated on Wednesday night, during the Utes' intrasquad scrimmage.

Time and again, Lenz popped out and hit 3-pointers. He dipped inside for baskets and by the time the scrimmae was over, Lenz had himself 17 points.

"You can see Renan getting more comfortable out there," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "He's finding himself in the offense and he's becoming productive."

Lenz is still a bit weak in the paint, and is still susceptible to getting stripped while making a move. But his shooting over the past few days has been unquestioned.

On Wednesday, he hit a three to for an overtime. He hit from the corner. With Glen Dean penetrating, if Lenz can be consistent with his jumper, at his height, he gives the Utes a dangerous weapon.

Tony Jones