Utah basketball: Fields feels at home with the Utes

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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Congrats to Ahmad on a great choice. Definitely a hard decision to make going so far from home, but Utah will welcome you with open arms.

    For us Ute fans, it´s great to see a 2-star recruit coming our way. We have had a history of spotting 4-star talent in underrated players. We have also gone overseas to find players to join you in this class. About 8 years ago we put Andrew Bogut into the NBA as the number 1 overall pick.

    Some naysayers don´t like the fact that even in the downturn and now the recovery of the program, we have continued to find successes. They even disparage your 2 star ranking, when they also recruited players that they say "only poor programs want". (only 3 of BYU´s recruits are rated higher). But those comments only make it sweeter when you go to their house and win and when you are playing in the NBA and they are watching you from their couch while waiting for their unemployment check to come through. (Who from BYU is in the NBA? Jimmer and who else?)

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2013 1:58 p.m.


    Re: "...and you frantically and emotionally tried to deflect it to another subject."

    Funny that you of all people would talk about deflecting to another subject. Look no further than your own exchange with me earlier in this very thread.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 26, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Can't we all just try to be kinder and more gentle? This young man has the right to follow his dreams just as you and I do. Let's give him a chance to prove himself on the basketball court - and in the classroom. Or, is that asking too much for some of us?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 25, 2013 4:36 p.m.


    That wasn't even a very good attempt at spin or deflection.

    You asked for credible proof that BYU had a top 20 recruting class. I slapped you silly with that proof and you "frantically and emotionally" tried to deflect it to another subjct. Fail.


    April 25, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    No, ducky, you didn't embarrass me. The only embarrassing thing is how a fan of a team with no NCAA championships, no championship game appearances, no Final Four appearances, and just 7 Sweet Sixteen appearances in its 100+ years of competing can so freely dish out on a team with one NCAA championship, two championship game appearances, four Final Four appearances, and 15 Sweet Sixteen appearances.

    But getting back to the real issue, Fields was shown interest from several teams from major conferences. One of these teams came within 2 points of making it to the Sweet Sixteen this year. The team, Ole Miss, won the SEC conference tournament. How can you honestly say that this team is not currently a "top" team? (By the way, if a player returns the same interest to the "interested" team, then he gets an offer from them. That's how it works.)

    Your comments on this board only questions your credibility as a sports fan.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 24, 2013 9:36 a.m.


    Did you really just ask me to publicly embarrass you? I'll be happy to do it.

    Scout.com - BYU 17th ranked recruiting class for 2013
    Rivals.com - BYU 22nd ranked recruiting class for 2013 (yes only 22nd in rivals)
    ESPN.com - BYU 16th ranked recruiting class for 2013

    That's the 3 main recruiting sites and 2 of the 3 have them with a top 20 class while the other has them just outside the top 20.

    And no "interest" does not "imply that an offer is at hand", not by any means. utah "fans" have told us that over and over again. "Interest" might mean they sent him a letter, it might mean they actually talked to him, it might mean they sent him a text. In this case he had been invited to, and taken, 1 trip. That is it 1 trip. In otherwords "interest" means only that, "interest". I have enjoyed this, let's do it again some time.


  • U 90 Corona, CA
    April 23, 2013 10:38 p.m.


    Gotta love the "I do it because they do it" logic. Quit posting now... your digging yourself a very deep hole.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:37 p.m.


    Why not show us that you actually have the true convictions you claim to have and head on over to a BYU article and make the same comments to naval vet, chris b, howard s, and any of the other couple of hundred of utah "fans" who I can't even hope to match in "contention" and acrimony?

    Your friend Duckhunter.

    April 23, 2013 6:22 p.m.


    "Interest" implies that an offer is at hand. And I've already proven to you that this young man whom you're trying to disparage is obviously an outstanding player. Otherwise, he would not be receiving interest/offers from programs from major conferences like USC, Ole Miss, and Colorado as well as Utah. These are all programs that have all recently been in the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss came within a basket of making it to the Sweet Sixteen this year. Yet, because this young man has chosen Utah over Ole Miss, you say that Ole Miss was a "poor program". Such comments from you undermine your credibility.

    Also, in your post, you refer to BYU's ("byu" as you would say) top 20 class. Who are they? Cite your legitimate sources to back up your claims that theirs is a top 20 class. Please use credible sources to back up your posts. Otherwise, it is all laughable bias on your part.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    April 23, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    Gone Fishin,

    I couldn't agree more. Once Utah starts landing big time recruits like Skyler Halford from SLCC then we can really celebrate.

  • Gone fishin Murray, UT
    April 23, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    Before we all get too excited let's remember that he plays for Massanutten Military Academy, not a top ten program in the country. I'm sure he tickled to play for Utah as noone else was offering.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 23, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Dear Duckhunter, why spew the contention again. Conference wasn't that long ago for all of us to be a little better. You are back to reveling in your posts that stir negative and contentious responses. Give it up...let it go, and do whats right.

    Your Friend,


  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 3:36 p.m.


    I just mowed my own lawn today, probably while you were at a job. Ah the joys of independence and not having to answer to anyone else. Something BYU, and myself, have in common.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Welcome Mr. Fields. Ducky will soon go a way for a few months since he has lawns to mow.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 23, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    Welcome home Ahmad! Glad to have you aboard!

    For all you Ute fans --- Why do you take these trollers on head-to-head? Just ignore them! Their little brother rants will die off if no one pays attention to them. There is no rhyme or reason to their content, they are just making noise to try to annoy big brother.

    Go Utes!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 1:08 p.m.


    I just enjoy seeing the outrage utah "fans" like yourself have when a BYU fan points out that utah recruits are anything less than 5 stars while at the same time you have zero outrage when your fellow utah "fans" disparage BYU recruits at every turn. But hey go ahead and disparage your own past recruits if you want to, I won't, some of them were pretty good.


    "Interest" is not an offer, utah "fans" like yourself love to point that out everytime it is reported a BYU commit had "interest" from some other program. This kid was not "offered" by a single quality program and even the ones that showed "interest" are fairly average programs, at best, despite having a good season occasionally. Spin it anyway you want to spin it but he is not any sort of "top" recruit and no "top" programs wanted him.

    BYU on the otherhand just signed a top 20 recruting class and has a top 10 recruiting class in the works for next season. Just a slight disparity there.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    A bit of a different perspective than some of the comments above: I'm noting the efforts made by the U BB coaching staff to attract recruits they believe will be precisely the right fit, & literally from all over the country. Yeah!! While Utah is not in Final Four form at present, it bodes well that the coaches are aware of the splay of players out there and are reaching far & wide for the pieces they believe will be needed for success in the PAC-12. That's good stuff!

    In fact, I've neither read nor heard of any DISadvantage of being in the PAC-12, and I'm personally enjoying the PAC-12 Network, seeing all kinds of collegiate sports that have not previously been available; they seem to be doing a great job just having televised their 500th live event, so the P-12 Network is definitely a marketing & recuitment gain for the U.

    So - Welcome Aboard, Ahmad, looking forward to seeing you do your thing on the court, & especially on PAC-12 HD TV!! :) ("You're going to like your look, I guarantee it!!")

    GO UTES!!!!

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    More tough nosed athletes coming into the program. The program is certainly headed in the right direction and has improved a lot each year over the past three seasons. The crowds are getting larger and people are actually posting on Utah basketball articles. I own many tix to the football games and had not come to any basketball games in years. I attended a few games this year and enjoyed myself. I will be back. Love the athletes coming in.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:12 p.m.


    "Let's not forget utah once had recruits like vranes, chambers, mannion, van horn, johnson, and others that actually were "top" recruits."

    Actually, of the players you mentioned, only Britton Johnson (assuming that was the Johnson you were talking about) and Tom Chambers were any more widely recruited by big programs than what Fields has been.

    And let's remember that guys like Andre Miller, Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac had very little interest from big name programs. So you may want to rethink making negative comments just to make negative comments - it's extremely amateur of you.

    April 23, 2013 11:53 a.m.


    Since when did BCS schools such as USC, Colorado, and Ole Miss suddenly become "poor programs"? You do realize that Ole Miss (27 wins) made it to the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament this year, don't you? Explain how players going to such schools are "players that no one any good wants."

    More sour grapes from the fanbase from Provo.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 11:33 a.m.


    I don't disagree with you but that isn't the point. utah "fans" are always telling us how great their recruiting is because of the pac12, how "top" recruits are flocking to utah, etc but it is simply not so and this is a good example. The kid appears to be ok but he certainly isn't a top recruit and unlike utenationalum's assertion that he is the product of "being able to recruit players that we wouldn't have been able to in the past" I would say he is not the quality of player utah was able to recruit in the past. Let's not forget utah once had recruits like vranes, chambers, mannion, van horn, johnson, and others that actually were "top" recruits.

    As for the kid himself, congratulations to him, he got a scholarship at a quality academic university, but as far as him being indicative of some vast leap forward in utah's recruiting is concerned, well....no.

    April 23, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    Welcome to Utah Ahmad!! It will be great watching you play, and be a part of the rebuilding of the program.

    You will have to excuse some of the other comments on this board. It's a bit of a local issue. You see, there is a very nice - if a bit exclusionary - private, religious based institution about 40 miles south of the U. Some of their "fans" have had a hard time accepting the direction and growth of the University of Utah (Athletically and otherwise). This typically comes out in nasty and derogatory comments about our student athletes in boards such as this. Please ignore them - they are harmless and rather humorous at times.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 23, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    Seriously Duckhunter. Shouldn't you be happy for this young man and not try to come and spoil his choice. Who cares what you think about the program, what matters is that this young man is going to get a quality education playing a sport he excels at. Those programs have up and down years like all programs do, including your beloved Y this year. Come on my friend, let's be happy for these kids.

    Go UTES!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:20 a.m.


    Well you might have a point other than this kid was basically being recruited by nothing but average to poor programs. If "It's great being able to recruit players that we wouldn't have been able to in the past" means players that no one any good wants then I really don't see what you are so giddy about.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    "I’m excited to be part of it and I love the opportunity I’ll have to play in a big-time conference like the Pac-12.”

    Doesn't get any clearer than that. It's great being able to recruit players that we wouldn't have been able to in the past.

    Every recruit always mentions how comfortable they felt with Coach K. He has been such a great fit for this program and is taking us in the right direction. Thanks Coach K and keep up the good work!!!