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Utah men's basketball will have a full scholarship roster this fall after scooping up a recruit late in the recruiting game.
Chris Seeley, a 6-foot-8 forward from Fresno, Calif., announced he was https://twitter.com/seeley1998/status/761302913226452992">committed to the Utes during his official visit via tweet on Thursday afternoon. He'll enroll this fall, occupying Utah's final remaining scholarship vacated by Kenneth Ogbe, http://bit.ly/29vjeKi">who transferred last month.
Seeley tweeted out the announcement with a picture of him wearing a Utah shirt and a Utah hat, surrounded by the entire staff in Larry Krystkowiak's office.
LeRohn Dodson, who runs Seeley's AAU Splash City team, said he's happy for both the player and the program.
"I think Utah does a tremendous job with guys like Chris," he said. "Utah doesn't get McDonald's All-Americans, but they're still a top-25 program that develops three- and four-star guys. I think Chris is just scratching the surface of how good he's going to be, and I think they'll help him do that."
Seeley is coming off an official visit to Washington State, and cancelled a visit to UTEP later in the week. He also had offers from Oregon State and TCU among others.
http://www.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/189586/chris-seeley">Ranked a two-star recruit by ESPN, Seeley wasn't much of a factor in the recruiting scene until he became eligible in late June after taking a summer class. Dodson estimated about 20 offers came in during July, when Seeley was also showcasing his dominance in the summer curcuit.
Once assistant DeMarlo Slocum got eyes on Seeley in a game, Krystkowiak soon followed and attended many of his appearances.
Seeley's summer highlight tape shows one of his main appeals: athletic ability. Dunks and dunks and dunks are the hallmarks of his game as well as rebounding and some shot-blocking. Dodson said Seeley also shot well from range during the summer.
While he's not quite the caliber of athlete as Marquese Chriss, who hailed from the same AAU program and is a role model of Seeley's, he's close.
"He's a very good athlete, and plays with a really good motor," Dodson said. "He just gets a lot of stuff done on the court: He can block shots, he shoots a quick jumper. Probably one of his best attributes is how well he rebounds."
The Utes are in need of someone with Seeley's skill set to come in at the four spot. Adding Seeley late in the recruiting cycle also insures that the Utes won't have an idle scholarship for the upcoming year.
Seeley will remain on his visit through Friday. He is unable to communicate with media until the visit ends, in accordance with NCAA rules.