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After leaving Utah for Minnesota last year, guard Both Gach is reversing course and returning to the U.

Senior could solve Utes’ point-guard problem as new coach Craig Smith seeks to add another couple players to his roster.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes guard Both Gach (11) skies to the rim for the Utes to take the lead in the 2nd half. The University of Utah basketball team was defeated by Oregon, 64-69, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Gach announced on social media Thursday that he will return to the U. for his final two years of eligibility.

Both Gach is back with the University of Utah men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-6 senior, who played his first two seasons with the Utes before transferring to Minnesota last season, announced on Twitter on Thursday that he had decided to return to Utah.

New Utes coach Craig Smith had tried to lure the guard, a fellow Minnesotan, to compete for him at Utah State when Gach first entered the transfer portal in 2020. But Gach ultimately opted to play for the Gophers under coach Richard Pitino. When Pitino left to coach New Mexico and was replaced by Ben Johnson, Gach again put his name in the portal.

This time, Smith got his man. He also possibly got his point guard — a position at which the Utes are thin.

Though Gach has played multiple positions, he showed at the end of the Utes’ 2020 season that he can more than handle playing the point. With Rylan Jones sidelined with an injury for the final three games leading into the Pac-12 Tournament, Gach stepped into that spot and averaged 20.6 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal per game.

For his career, Gach has averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 assists and 0.6 steals per game.

The addition of Gach leaves the Utes with two remaining open scholarships.

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