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.7 comments on this story
• 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.