The enormity of Pöeltl signing w/us can't be overstated....Our already
outstanding class just blew through the roof!Go Utes!
Sweet! Coach K is the Bomb! Welcome Jakob! Go Utes!!!!
choosing Utah over Arizona and Cal?Wow, this kid is going to be
huge. With an already solid team with 2 future NBA players, and guys like
Brekkot and Jakob joining, the future is bright on the hill and in the
prestigious Pac 12Proud Coach K supporterProud UteProud
Pac 12 member
Wow the DN is all over this story. The Trib reported this a week ago.Congrats on another great signing Coach K!!
Seeing as how he is from Austria he probably feels more at home at utah than any
other school. It is after all a top 20 snowiest campus in the country.
Nonetheless I wish him the best and hope he lives up to the hype.
Dave S,From the looks of the article, it looks as though this is
reporting that he actually "signed", whereas before it was only reported
that he had "committed."
I think it's funny when someone confuses being a member of the PAC 12 with
being a fan of a team that is a member of the PAC 12. Of course I could just be
unaware of the phenomenon when membership to an organization automatically
extends to the supporters of its members. If that is the case, I would like to
announce that I am...A proud NFL memberA proud member of the Olympic
Bobsled teamA proud member of Led Zepplin
Krispy:Now that was funny! Thanks for the laugh, it's been a long day
so it was needed.Proud member of the Navy Seals!And proud
member of Duck Commander!And proud member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!
Chris B "Choosing Utah over Arizona and Cal?"Don't twist words. Jakob VISITED Arizona and Cal. While the interest was
serious from both teams, Arizona moved in a different direction and Cal lost
their head coach and an assistant Jakob really liked. It doesn't mean he
would've gone to Cal, but we'll never know for sure.
"With an already solid team with 2 future NBA players..."Let's don't get ahead of ourselves. Barring injury, Wright seems to
be a likely NBAer, but who else do you think is headed to the NBA at this
point?As a fellow Ute fan, I cringe at these type of comments from
Tajemnica"It is after all a top 20 snowiest campus in the
country."There are probably 30 snowier campuses in just
Wisconsin, Minnesota and New England. Not to mention, cold weather is what would
bother people more. Utah wouldn't come close to being in that top 20.
Krispy Zadoosh"A proud NFL memberA proud member of the
Olympic Bobsled teamA proud member of Led Zepplin"Now THAT
was funny! Well done.
motorboat,I think Loveridge will get there. Note, you were the one
who added "headed to the NBA at this point"I never said
Loveridge is ready for the NBA at this point, just to be clear. I just said I
think he'll be in the NBA. With 2 more years development I think
he'll get there.Go Utes!Onward and upward.
@Krispy...Being a proud member of such a band that revolutionized music as you
stated one would think you would know how to spell it. Z-e-p-p-e-l-i-n. Good
thing you're not a member of The Who.
Very excited about Poeltl. As highly ranked as this incoming class already was,
most recruiting services won't give it quite the justice it MIGHT deserve.
Just my opinion and quite frankly I rarely concern myself too much with all the
"ranking" talk.But if one was to look at this class closely,
I'd guess a lot of analyst types either miss or hesitate on some of the
talented foreign guys like Poeltl. Then you have Isaiah Wright from Idaho who
looks awesome, but who likely isn't rated as highly as he might have been
had he played in a different neck of the woods. And then of course Reyes who
won't get too much pub having gone the Community College route first. Of
course we all know Kuzma and Chapman haven't flown under any radars.Bottom line, this is a spectacular recruiting class. Huge kudos to the entire
coaching staff. Go Utes!
Chris B"I think Loveridge will get there"I hate
to say it but there's very little chance we'll see Loveridge playing
in the NBA. I don't mean to slight the guy, after all I think he's a
great talent and as a Ute I cheer hard for he and the team every game. But his
size/speed/game just won't translate to the next level. Of course, I hope
in the end you're right and I'm proven wrong.
@Jimmy...We rock stars were never known for our spelling ability. However,
Olympic Bobsled members are familiar with the standard English rule of using a
comma after an introductory gerund phrase, if we are going to critique syntax
rather than ideas.
I noted long ago that Basketball was the sport where the U could possibly be
competitive in the PAthetiC-12, and this story is one of the reasons why.Unfortunately, for Ute football fans progress in this area may turn the
U of U into a basketball school like Duke. Now Duke is not a bad institution,
and I would not mind. However, I'm not sure if the rest of the crimson
crew would adapt to this new paradigm.Also, motorbike, you
won't be proven wrong; I totally agree re: your assessment of
Loveridge's chances--mark it down. Not enough speed or "hops" to
compete in the NBA. Might do OK in Europe.
As a repeat resident of Austria in years past, I am pleased and surprised with
this signing - surprised because I never saw a whole lot of basketball skill in
any of the pickup games I participated in over there. But what I read about
Pöltl tells me he has a huge upside. He needs to improve his strength,
especially in his legs, but he has speed, agility and good timing in rebounding
and blocking shots. Just addressing previous comments - Traiskirchen
is in the Vienna Woods about 20 miles south of Vienna, and he also played for a
Vienna team, so he has lived a couple of freeway hours away from the Alps, and
the snow is probably comparable to Kansas City. Also, it is either
Pöltl or Poeltl, but not both.
Excellent young addition to and already strong and experienced front line..along
with several players that can bomb from the outside...Wright drives, slashes and
takes it strong to the hoop...Watch out Pac 12! Krispy Zadoosh and
Cougsndawgs,Obviously Our Membership in the Pac 12 troubles you. Good!
Krispy Zadoosh:For the very first use of "gerund" on the
comment board, you win an autographed copy of "The Elements of Style"
and an editing job at the Salt Lake newspaper of your choice!
Chris B you once again prove my point that you have no idea what you are talking
about. Loveridge to the NBA? With all the new signings he will be lucky to get
off our bench. Going from way down our bench to an NBA bench is going take more
talent and heart then he has. I stand by my earlier post that if these new guys
can't beat out Loveridge we shouldn't be pounding our chests about any
@Krispy Zadoosh - Spot on, and hilarious.I'm wondering if
I'm the only 50 year old who is:A proud member the men's
Olympic relay team.A proud member of the Denver Bronco's.And a
proud member of the Texas Rangers.
Ekute, your "membership" hasn't been troubling at all. I fact,
according to your definition, I too am a PAC 12 member. But my
"membership" seems to have included post season play and not vying for
the worst record in the conference. There must be different types of membership.
Yours would be the equivalent of Vanderbilt in the SEC. So my membership is
actually glad that your membership continues to support the conference long
after your membership has been eliminated from bowl games and post season
tournaments. We will continue to proudly represent the conference and you can
continue to compare yourself to non-conference teams and MWC teams if it makes
you feel better, and my membership will be grateful for the easy wins each
season when we play your membership.
This addition to the Ute roster certainly gives Utah some much needed depth and
will be very interesting to see what Coach K will be able to do with his talent.
This is one Utah fan who is very excited about the future prospects for Utah
CougFaninTX,If you're a member of the Denver Broncos I'm
definitely one of your fans and I'm proud of our membership in the AFC
West.Has a cougar fan ever said "We're happy with our
independence in football and proud of our membership in the wcc."?
I like the fact that we have a coach that can palm the ball. (nice pic).
Coach K will work wonders with this kid.
Recruiting continues to be the name of the game. Utah appears to be doing very
well in that regard.As for foreign players, especially with some
many doing it in the Pacific Conference, why doenst BYU make a better effort in
these other countries?With the way college sports are going, BYU
might end up on the outside looking in.
@ motorbikeHelp me with my physical geography. Do the the states you
mentioned have mountains even remotely similar to our own Wasatch range?
(Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New England)
Back TalkFederal Way, WA"As for foreign players,
especially with some many doing it in the Pacific Conference, why doenst BYU
make a better effort in these other countries?With the way college
sports are going, BYU might end up on the outside looking in."Great questions. Answers: 1) byu-provo's recruiting reach doesn't
extend beyond Timpview High School, 2) byu-provo isn't in the Pacific
Conference; and 3) byu-provo is already on the outside looking in.
Osgrath.. In your trips to Austria, did anyone tell you that you can either
write the umlaut over the o, or you can write it as oe, as in Poeltl, so I guess
it can be both. I don't think Loveridge will be in the NBA. I just hope
he can make one game winner next year. He missed a bunch this year.
William Wallace, I think he meant that it could either be Pöltl or Poeltl,
but not Pöeltl.With the recruiting class now finalized, the
only question remaining the rest of the offseason is who, of 10 projected
returning scholarship players and 4 new signees, will be the odd man out of the
13 scholarship spots.
A proud member of the SF Giants.A proud member of the SF 49ers.A
proud member of the Golden State Warriors.A proud member man, I am.
Are you sure he knows that he was recruited for basketball and not the ski team?