The Runnin’ Utes debuted a series of new names in a runaway victory over the College of Idaho Thursday night, where the Utes finished with a 96-76 advantage.
The youth looked impressive, albeit in a less than predictive environment over the physically out matched Yotes of Idaho. Freshman Timmy Allen finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, showing a reliable midrange game and touch around the rim. Allen may have to move that shot further outside against bigger competition.
Both Gach had an impactful first half, showing his feel for the game making several pretty passes in transition and on the drive. Gach is tall, athletic, and under control, those a unique combo at the college game.
Donnie Tillman flashed an improved three point jump shot, which will be a nice weapon for the already adept driver. If he can knock the long ball down at a high rate (40%+) he may have pro potential.
One downside for the Utes appears to be the lack of an obvious point guard on the roster, While the team showed better than expected passing in their debut, they still don’t have a go-to play initiator, and guard play is as important as ever in college basketball. Sedrick Barefield may be the default ball handler for the Utes, which may pull the ball out of his hands as a scorer.
The future of this Utah team is bright with this young talent, but there might be some growing pains along the way as the youth movement is forced into heavy rotation minutes this season.
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