SALT LAKE CITY — Renan Lenz, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from Arizona Western College, has signed a letter of intent with the University of Utah.
"We were really happy when we got the call last night that Renan was going to be a Ute," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said in making the announcement. "We have been recruiting him for quite a while. Renan will bring a high skill level as a big man with great versatility. With his international experience and two solid years at the JUCO level, he will be a nice addition to the bigs we have already. I think he has bright future ahead of him at Utah."
Lenz, who is from Santo Angelo, Brazil, averaged 13.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while leading the Matadors to the NJCAA Region 1 tournament championship. Auburn, Gonzaga, Texas, USC and Virginia Tech were among the programs recruiting him.
The addition of Lenz brings Utah's scholarship roster for 2012-13 to 11, leaving just two vacancies on a squad that includes Dallin Bachynski, Glen Dean, Aaron Dotson, David Foster, Jordan Loveridge, Cedric Martin, Jeremy Olsen, Justin Seymour, Brandon Taylor and Jason Washburn.