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Ex-Ute basketball coach Jim Boylen still wonders what could have been

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29 2012 4:12 p.m. MST

Now: At Tennessee State, he started 6 of 28 games this year and averages 8.1 points per game, shooting 38.9 from field.

Jace Tavita

At Utah: Earned the starting point guard spot, but was known more for his defense than his scoring ability. Only averaged 1.4 points on 29.1 shooting as a sophomore when he started 19 games. Left the program after just five games of his junior season.

Now: Sitting out this season at the University of Hawaii.

Josh Sharp

At Utah: Redshirted for one year before leaving on an LDS Church mission.

Now: Following his mission, Sharp decided he wanted to play at BYU, which welcomed him into the program. However he has only averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 25 games.

2009-10

Marshall Henderson

At Utah: Started 30 games as a freshman and averaged 11.8 points per game, second on the team, but had off-the-court issues.

Now: After redshirting at Texas Tech and leaving the program, Henderson ended up 25 miles west of Lubbock at South Plains College, where he leads the top-ranked NJCAA team in the nation with a 19.3 scoring average, including 42.5 from 3-point range.

Shawn Glover

At Utah: The slender forward started 13 games as a freshman (3.4 ppg) and 22 as a sophomore (6.2 ppg).

Now: Sitting out at Oral Roberts.

Jay Watkins

At Utah: The JC transfer played two years, but was plagued by injuries, missing eight games as a junior and the final 17 games of his senior year.

Jeremy Olsen

At Utah: Sat out as a redshirt in 2009-10.

Now: Is serving an LDS mission in England and is expected to play for Utah next fall.

Matt Read

At Utah: Played in just 16 games and averaged 1.8 points in 6.7 minutes per game.

Now: Is through with college basketball after playing for Lubbock Christian, where he started all 29 games and averaged 11.9 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds.

2010-11

Will Clyburn

At Utah: Was the team's leading scorer (17.1 ppg), rebounder (7.8 rpg) and 3-point shooter (40.3 percent).

Now: Sitting out as a redshirt at Iowa State.

J.J. O'Brien

At Utah: An injury sidelined him for the first month of the season, but after missing nine games, he started 21 games and averaged 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Now: Is sitting out at San Diego State.

Chris Kupets

At Utah: Played every game and averaged 7.4 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting.

Now: Is the second-leading scorer at Vanguard University, an NAIA school in Orange County, Calif., with a 14.3 average.

Antonio DiMaria

At Utah: After transferring from Casper Community College, he rarely played for the Utes, averaging 6.6 minutes in 26 games and scoring 29 points all season.

Now: Plays for Emporia State, an NAIA school in Kansas, where his is the fifth leading scorer at 7.9 points per game.

Preston Guiot

At Utah: Sat out as a redshirt.

Now: Started 22 of 23 games for Southwest Baptist in Missouri, where his father, Jeff, is the head coach. He averages 13.1 points, second best on the team, and leads team with 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Dominique Lee

At Utah: After playing high school ball in Oakland, he sat out as a redshirt in 2010-11.

Now: He transferred to Casper Community College, where his brother plays, but had to sit out the first semester. He averages 6.5 points in a reserve role.

Josh Watkins

At Utah: Started in 2010-11 after leading his junior college team to the NJCAA title and was the Utes' leading scorer this year before getting dismissed from the team.

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