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Utah Hoops - Van Dyke to play next year, delay mission plans

As was first reported by the Tribune on Wednesday, East High point guard Parker Van Dyke will be a Ute next season after all.

He had originally planned to go on an LDS Church Mission, but will play and could possibly crack Utah's rotation in his freshman season.

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The reasons are simple: Utah needs a point guard with size and length, and the 6-foot-3 Van Dyke offers both.

The Utes need a guy who can create his own shot. Van Dyke does that.

Utah needs a guy that can push the ball and pressure a defense. That's Van Dyke.

His play at East has helped with this decision. Van Dyke is the leading scorer in Class 4A basketball, and he's been having a terrific senior season. He is expected to compete with incumbent Glen Dean and current freshman Brandon Taylor for time.

Tony Jones

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