In the latest news from the University of Utah basketball office, the Utes have signed two high school players from Milwaukee to letters of intent; Josh Grant is trying out for the U.S. Pan American team this week; and Coach Rick Majerus says he has not been tempted to take any of the job offers that have come his way in recent weeks.
Silas Mills, a 6-foot-7 forward from Washington High School in Milwaukee, has signed to play at Utah. He averaged 20.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season for 20-1 Washington and was a first-team all-state pick.The Utes also have signed Darrell Wright, a high-scoring 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Milwaukee.
Both Mills and Wright likely will be Prop. 48 cases next year, which means they can't play for the Utes next season.
Majerus refused to comment on his new players, explaining, "I've always made it a policy not to discuss recruits. I don't believe in it. It's so far away."
Majerus said the Utes "may take another player (recruit), but even if we don't get anyone else we'll be happy."
The Utes graduate just one player from last year's 30-4 team.
The Utes, however, are known to be pursuing Chris Wilburn, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Martinsville High (Ind.) who visited the Utah campus last week. Wilburn averaged 12 points and 11 assists per game for 21-2 Martinsville, which ranked No. 1 in Indiana for most of the season and was ranked in USA Today's final Top 20 poll.
Wilburn also would be a probable Prop. 48 case next year.
In the meantime, Majerus, who was in Denver Friday to watch Grant try out for the Pan Am team, says other schools have contacted him about job offers since the season ended, but nothing has come of it.
"I'm the coach at Utah," he says. "I'm not going anywhere. I'm not interested in going anywhere else. I haven't applied anywhere else. I'm not talking to anyone. I'm very happy at Utah."
The coach refuses to say what schools or how many schools have contacted him.
Majerus, who says he didn't sign a contract during his first 18 months at Utah, signed a five-year contract with the Utes last January.