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(Lennie Mahler | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah assistant coach Tommy Connor and head coach Larry Krystkowiak watch as Utah pulls away to defeat Lamar 84-57 Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Huntsman Center.
Runnin’ Utes add Highland’s Jake Connor, son of assistant coach Tommy

Utah announced Tuesday the addition of walk-on Jake Connor, a Highland High standout who has a close relationship with one of the Utah coaches.

His dad.

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Assistant Tommy Connor was a four-year starter at point guard for the Utes, who led them to four straight Western Athletic Conference championships.

"Jake has always been someone around our program since Tommy is a member of our staff. Now, Jake officially joins our basketball family," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a release.

Connor led the Rams to the quarterfinals of the 4A tournament in March, upsetting No. 1 Timpview in the first round. Connor was an honorable mention 4A coaches’ team selection and shot 45 percent from long range.

"He is a driven, hard worker that will enhance our program because he represents everything we want in a student-athlete," said Krystkowiak. "We’re excited to have him join us."

Connor joins Austrian center Jakob Poeltl, Idaho point guard Isaiah Wright, Roy small forward Brekkott Chapman, Michigan small forward Kyle Kuzma and Citrus College junior transfer power forward Chris Reyes as new Utes.

The Utes still have a free scholarship they can offer for the 2014-15 season.

— Matthew Piper


Twitter: @matthew_piper

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