Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak talks with reporters during media day in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah basketball program made official what Brendan Wenzel previously announced on Twitter. The Texas shooting guard is headed to the Beehive State to play for the Runnin' Utes.

The 6-foot-6, 180-pounder originally signed with UTEP but received approval to reopen his recruitment last month. Utah is excited to add a player who's ranked as the 18th-best recruit from the Lonestar State by Rivals/TexasHoops.com.

"Brendan has very good size and is an elite shooter," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Adding a high-caliber shooter was a priority and it will become a great asset to our program."

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Wenzel, a Class 6A All-State first-teamer, averaged 24.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals for O'Connor High School in San Antonio this past season. He shot 41 percent from 3-point range and was an 87 percent shooter from the free throw line. He averaged more than 25 points in the state playoffs for the Panthers, who went 24-10.

Other members of the Utes' incoming freshman class include Jaxon Brenchley, Branden Carlson, Mikael Jauntunen, Rylan Jones and Matt Vankomen.

Last week, Wenzel tweeted out, "I’m happy to say that I will be continuing my education and basketball career at The University of Utah."