Adam Fondren, Deseret News
Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak answers questions during media day for the Runnin' Utes at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent. The newcomers, who will join the team for the 2018-19 season, include wing Timmy Allen (6-6, 210, Red Mountain HS, Arizona); power forward Riley Battin (6-9, 220, Oak Park HS, California); guard Naseem Gaskin (6-3, 175, Bishop O’Dowd HS, California); and guard Charles Jones, Jr. (6-2, 200, College of Southern Idaho).

"All four of these players are individually talented and along with their maturity level, they each bring in a 'team first mentality,'" Krystkowiak said in the official announcement. "I am really fired up about this group of young men. This is a special and balanced recruiting class that possesses high character both on and off the court. It truly is a great day to be a Ute.”

• Allen averaged 19.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior. He chose Utah over offers from Iowa State, San Diego State, Texas Tech and UCLA.

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• Battin is the reigning Ventura County Player of the Year after averaging 24.7 points and 12.3 rebounds as a junior. He considered offers from Clemson, Colorado, Davidson, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.

• Gaskin, who shot 55 percent from the field in leading his squad to the state championship playoffs last season, opted for Utah over Montana, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara and Wyoming.

• Jones, a former Portland, Oregon, prep star, earned third-team All-America honors last season at CSI after averaging 15.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. He picked Utah over opportunities from Oregon State, Pittsburgh and Utah State.