Oh, brother! There won't be any sibling rivalry for the Rydalch family come next year, with brothers Craig and Mark Rydalch making a verbal commitment to join the University of Utah basketball team beginning with the 1989-90 season.
The two - each with illustrious prep football, basketball and track careers at South Summit High - have announced that they will sign early letters of intent with Utah in mid-November.The Rydalch rarity is that brother tandems seldom have the opportunity to join a major-college basketball program at the same time. Playing as a freshman this year at Dixie College, Craig will join the Utes with three years of eligibility remaining; Mark is still at South Summit as a senior this year and is currently playing quarterback for the Wildcat football team.
At 6-foot-4, Craig was named as Utah's top high school athlete of 1985 in an honor from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and KSL. That same year he received all-state and MVP honors in basketball and earned honorable mention all-America recognition by USA Today.
Previous honors in his prep career included MVP, all-state and honorable mention all-American in football; MVP of the 1A-2A all-star basketball game; member of the national BCI tournament team; and region champion and third-place finisher in the high jump.
Craig signed an early letter of intent to play at Weber State; however, he departed for a two-year LDS Church mission to England and opted to attend Dixie upon his return. He redshirted with the Rebel basketball program last year.
Still a senior in high school, 6-foot-1 Mark has a similar list of athletic accomplishments.
He, too, was an all-state MVP in basketball, winning the award last season in aiding South Summit to the 1A crown. He's a two-year all-stater in basketball and a USA Today honorable mention all-American.
His summer achievements included honors at two major camps. He was invited to the All-Star Superstars camp in California, where he finished among the top 15 of the 320 prep-age players participating. He also won the slam-dunk competition. At the UTEP summer camp, he won MVP honors as well as the slam-dunk contest.
Other prep-era honors include all-state in football for two years and 1988 1A high jump champion, with his 6-10 leap tying a state record.
Mark had been actively recruited by a number of major basketball programs, including BYU, Colorado State, Stanford, Washington State and Southern Utah State College. He was also receiving recruiting attention as a football prospect.