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Princeton Onwas leaving Utah Utes basketball team after one season

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  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    April 27, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    Strange outcome; but we knew something like this was going to occur.

    I thought Onwas was one of the stronger contributors to the Utes great season. Looks like Coach "k" inserted the blade between the ribs to make room for Jakob Poeltl.

    Ain't the NCAA, programs, and coaches just grand.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 27, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    Definitely a step up for Onwas.

    Best of luck Princeton.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 27, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    Good luck to Princeton. He was a very solid player in every facet except free throws, where he was a huge liability. But he had some very exciting highlight plays, including two consecutive games with SportsCenter Top 10 plays. He should be able to go make an impact on a team somewhere this year. So this resolves the scholarship issue, not much more to follow in the offseason it seems. Can it be August already?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    With a great team already and a loaded recruiting class that is top 30 in the nation, I think he saw the writing on the wall that the minutes he wants just aren't there for him

    Wish him the best.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 27, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    If the new power conference rules were in place the Utes could of made room for Princeton.
    Good luck to him, it was fun watching him as a Ute. No doubt a good school will seek his talent.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 27, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    As chris b would say -

    This is a "step up" (wherever he ends up) for Onwas.

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    April 27, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    Best of lucky Onwas! You're defense will be missed. The only reason I can think he'd leave is that the new recruits are going to be eating up minutes. I'm willing to bet Ogbe gets a good chunk of minutes this year too. He looks like quite the player.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    We knew someone wasn't going to be back. I certainly wish Onwas well wherever he lands.
    This team will be loaded but the one place it's extremely thin is 2 guard. I realize Onwas played more like a 3, but now this team is left with Tucker as the lone true 2 guard. Tucker is a good shooter when he's got some space but he's not the defensive player or slasher that Onwas is. Looks like the Wright brothers (yes I know they're not really brothers) will be needing to play some 2 guard. Not that Delon Wright didn't already play on the court at times with Taylor last year.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 27, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    Christy B and Tom in CA,
    I hope he does end up with a power program. Says something about the current and incoming talent on The Hill, doesn't it?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 27, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    Best of Luck to Onwas. I loved his toughness. I hope he does well wherever he goes.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 27, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    ekute

    "Says something about the current and incoming talent on The Hill, doesn't it?"

    You mean the "talent" that wasn't good enough to beat the 4th place team from the WCC in the NIT?

    Or the "talent" that was only able to win two road games all season long, only one against a team with a winning record?

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    April 27, 2014 8:59 p.m.

    Chris B

    "With a great team already and a loaded recruiting class that is top 30 in the nation, I think he saw the writing on the wall that the minutes he wants just aren't there for him."

    Sorry, Chris it was NOT about minutes. It was about 14 bodies playing musical chairs with only 13 chairs. I expect Coach "k" "fired" him....see Onwas tweet; did not sound very happy to me.

    ekute

    "Christy B and Tom in CA,
    "I hope he does end up with a power program."

    He won't be eligible in D-I next year. Hope he was only a sophomore this year.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 27, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    midpacmajor,
    The Talent that's projected to be a contender in the Pac 12.

    And just for you...The Talent that I predict will dominate byu next year and in the foreseeable future.

    Go Utes!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 27, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    @midpacmajor

    It was enough "talent" to beat BYU by something like 20 points.

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 27, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    timid sparrow

    Remind us which team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, and which team wasn't even considered by the Selection Committee.

    One head-to-head game does not a season make.

    A team that lost to the #218 Washington State Cougars(10-21) on the road, wouldn't have stood a chance of beating the #32 BYU Cougars(23-12) in the Marriott Center.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    April 28, 2014 12:47 a.m.

    Anyone who thinks that this was Onwas's choice is ignorant to how teams are run in college

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    April 28, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    Midpacmajor:

    Glad to see you have carried over what you learned yesterday in Church. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful and non-contentious statements.

    Onwas, thank you for your contributions this past year at the U. Best of luck in your basketball and life career.

    Go UTES!!

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    April 28, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    It seems to be that his scholarship was pulled. If his departure now leaves the team with the allowed number of Scholarships then they must have had 14 prior to "his" decision.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    wookie,

    Good to see you likewise have carried over what you learned from church yesterday. Or are you one of the ute "fans" who think the team you cheer for somehow is the most important factor in who has the responsibility to do what's right? Typical ute. Stop the self righteous holier than thou attitude.

    I don't fault someone for leaving if something else is a better situation for someone. If a better situation is possible for someone, they should do it. Nothing wrong with it at all

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 28, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Good luck to you Princeton. Thanks for your contributions. Hope you land in a good program where there is room for you to be a starter.

    Go Utes!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    Good luck to Onwas in the future.

    We all knew that the Utes had to make room for one more player - just wasn't sure who would not make the team for next year. Too bad for Princton, I like his athleticism he had some great dynamic dunks this last season. I hope he can find a place to play his senior year.

    I hope this Utah team can continue to get better and make strides in the right direction. Coach K and his staff have put together one of the better recruiting classes the Utes have seen in a long time. Combined with an very much improved preseason schedule, I hope the Utes can get the needed wins to take it to the next level and get back to the NCAA tournament.

    Keep it up Utah!

    Go Utes!

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    April 28, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    midpacmajor
    But strong enough to beat the TDS into begging for mercy and leaving Haws in confusion even to this day..

  • The Moose Southern, UT
    April 28, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    midpacmajor: "one head to head game does not a season make" LOL. How about 4 head to head in a row? The problem with today's fans on all sides is they live too much in the fantasy world of the popularity contest of rankings. Get it done on the floor. You can brag about the teams you beat, but don't brag about being better than the teams you didn't.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    April 28, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    If the NCAA want to "fix" things, it should start here. Looks like this young man was the victim of the school's decision to offer more scholarships than the maximum allowed.

    NCAA schools have no credibility at all when they claim their primary focus is on student-athletes when they allow member schools to over-subscribe scholarship athletes and then kick kids to the curb.

    A student athlete should, by rule, retain his or her scholarship as long as they are academically eligible and abide by team/school eligibility rules.

    Ironically, I think most schools would be willing to keep kids on scholarship but are forbidden from doing so by the NCAA's antiquated rule.

    The stated justification for the rule is to prevent schools from stockpiling athletes, but recruits should be given enough credit to know that if the football team has 20 more scholarships athletes than the limit of active players, there is a chance they'll get shelved (but retain their scholarship) and should choose a school accordingly.

    Clearly that's a better system than letting schools kick a kid to the curb if they think they can sign a better one.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    April 28, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    The Moose

    Four head-to-heads in a row doesn't mean much when U finish with worse records, lower rankings and fewer bowls.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    April 29, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    SAG,

    Wow, a Y fan calling a U fan ”holier than thou,” now I have seen everything!

    Princeton,

    You were very exciting to watch, best of luck to you!

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    April 29, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    Could my interest in professional college sports (D-I football and basketball) be any lower.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    May 2, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    Is he going to the NBA? He played at Utah and that NIT resume should put him #1 in the draft right?