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Published: Friday, April 25 2014 2:20 p.m. MDT

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Mesa, AZ

The enormity of Pöeltl signing w/us can't be overstated....Our already outstanding class just blew through the roof!

Go Utes!

Rock Hill, SC

Sweet! Coach K is the Bomb! Welcome Jakob! Go Utes!!!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

choosing Utah over Arizona and Cal?

Wow, this kid is going to be huge. With an already solid team with 2 future NBA players, and guys like Brekkot and Jakob joining, the future is bright on the hill and in the prestigious Pac 12

Proud Coach K supporter
Proud Ute
Proud Pac 12 member

Dave S
Holladay, UT

Wow the DN is all over this story. The Trib reported this a week ago.

Congrats on another great signing Coach K!!

West Valley, Utah

Seeing as how he is from Austria he probably feels more at home at utah than any other school. It is after all a top 20 snowiest campus in the country. Nonetheless I wish him the best and hope he lives up to the hype.


Dave S,

From the looks of the article, it looks as though this is reporting that he actually "signed", whereas before it was only reported that he had "committed."

Krispy Zadoosh
Salt Lake, UT

I think it's funny when someone confuses being a member of the PAC 12 with being a fan of a team that is a member of the PAC 12. Of course I could just be unaware of the phenomenon when membership to an organization automatically extends to the supporters of its members. If that is the case, I would like to announce that I am...
A proud NFL member
A proud member of the Olympic Bobsled team
A proud member of Led Zepplin

West Point , UT

Now that was funny! Thanks for the laugh, it's been a long day so it was needed.

Proud member of the Navy Seals!
And proud member of Duck Commander!
And proud member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chris B

"Choosing Utah over Arizona and Cal?"

Don't twist words. Jakob VISITED Arizona and Cal. While the interest was serious from both teams, Arizona moved in a different direction and Cal lost their head coach and an assistant Jakob really liked. It doesn't mean he would've gone to Cal, but we'll never know for sure.

"With an already solid team with 2 future NBA players..."

Let's don't get ahead of ourselves. Barring injury, Wright seems to be a likely NBAer, but who else do you think is headed to the NBA at this point?

As a fellow Ute fan, I cringe at these type of comments from you.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


"It is after all a top 20 snowiest campus in the country."

There are probably 30 snowier campuses in just Wisconsin, Minnesota and New England. Not to mention, cold weather is what would bother people more. Utah wouldn't come close to being in that top 20.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Krispy Zadoosh

"A proud NFL member
A proud member of the Olympic Bobsled team
A proud member of Led Zepplin"

Now THAT was funny! Well done.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


I think Loveridge will get there. Note, you were the one who added "headed to the NBA at this point"

I never said Loveridge is ready for the NBA at this point, just to be clear. I just said I think he'll be in the NBA. With 2 more years development I think he'll get there.

Go Utes!
Onward and upward.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Krispy...Being a proud member of such a band that revolutionized music as you stated one would think you would know how to spell it. Z-e-p-p-e-l-i-n. Good thing you're not a member of The Who.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Very excited about Poeltl. As highly ranked as this incoming class already was, most recruiting services won't give it quite the justice it MIGHT deserve. Just my opinion and quite frankly I rarely concern myself too much with all the "ranking" talk.
But if one was to look at this class closely, I'd guess a lot of analyst types either miss or hesitate on some of the talented foreign guys like Poeltl. Then you have Isaiah Wright from Idaho who looks awesome, but who likely isn't rated as highly as he might have been had he played in a different neck of the woods. And then of course Reyes who won't get too much pub having gone the Community College route first. Of course we all know Kuzma and Chapman haven't flown under any radars.
Bottom line, this is a spectacular recruiting class. Huge kudos to the entire coaching staff. Go Utes!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chris B

"I think Loveridge will get there"

I hate to say it but there's very little chance we'll see Loveridge playing in the NBA. I don't mean to slight the guy, after all I think he's a great talent and as a Ute I cheer hard for he and the team every game. But his size/speed/game just won't translate to the next level. Of course, I hope in the end you're right and I'm proven wrong.

Krispy Zadoosh
Salt Lake, UT

@Jimmy...We rock stars were never known for our spelling ability. However, Olympic Bobsled members are familiar with the standard English rule of using a comma after an introductory gerund phrase, if we are going to critique syntax rather than ideas.

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

I noted long ago that Basketball was the sport where the U could possibly be competitive in the PAthetiC-12, and this story is one of the reasons why.

Unfortunately, for Ute football fans progress in this area may turn the U of U into a basketball school like Duke. Now Duke is not a bad institution, and I would not mind. However, I'm not sure if the rest of the crimson crew would adapt to this new paradigm.

Also, motorbike, you won't be proven wrong; I totally agree re: your assessment of Loveridge's chances--mark it down. Not enough speed or "hops" to compete in the NBA. Might do OK in Europe.

Provo, UT

As a repeat resident of Austria in years past, I am pleased and surprised with this signing - surprised because I never saw a whole lot of basketball skill in any of the pickup games I participated in over there. But what I read about Pöltl tells me he has a huge upside. He needs to improve his strength, especially in his legs, but he has speed, agility and good timing in rebounding and blocking shots.

Just addressing previous comments - Traiskirchen is in the Vienna Woods about 20 miles south of Vienna, and he also played for a Vienna team, so he has lived a couple of freeway hours away from the Alps, and the snow is probably comparable to Kansas City.

Also, it is either Pöltl or Poeltl, but not both.

Layton, UT

Excellent young addition to and already strong and experienced front line..along with several players that can bomb from the outside...Wright drives, slashes and takes it strong to the hoop...Watch out Pac 12!

Krispy Zadoosh and Cougsndawgs,
Obviously Our Membership in the Pac 12 troubles you. Good! lol.

Orange County, CA

Krispy Zadoosh:

For the very first use of "gerund" on the comment board, you win an autographed copy of "The Elements of Style" and an editing job at the Salt Lake newspaper of your choice!

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