Runnin’ Utes guard Both Gach is leaving Utah — again

In 30 games for the 11-20 Utes, Gach averaged 8.7 points last season

Utah guard Both Gach, left, shoots against Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

Both Gach’s second stint with the University of Utah basketball program was shorter than his first.

Gach intends to declare for the NBA draft and will not return to school next season, according to a CBS Sports report.

The guard, who spent his first two seasons with the Utes, played the 2020-21 season at Minnesota, then transferred back to Utah last season.

Gach has not entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, per a source with access to the national database, so it is unclear whether he is opting to continue his college career or turn pro, but the expectation is the latter.

If Gach eventually opted for the transfer portal, it would be for the third time, at which point he would likely have trouble gaining immediate eligibility. Upon transferring last summer from Minnesota back to Utah, Gach needed an eligibility waiver from the NCAA, which arrived on Nov. 12, after the regular season had already started.

In 30 games for the 11-20 Utes, Gach averaged 8.7 points in 23.7 minutes per contest, but shot just 41.5% from the floor, including 29.5% from 3-point range. He started nine of those 30 games, but his minutes, not to mention his role, fluctuated as the season wore on.

Gach’s departure leaves coach Craig Smith with four open scholarships for 2023. Roster construction is always fluid with the transfer portal factoring in, but Gach is expected to be Utah’s last piece of offseason business in terms of players defecting.