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Cincinnati Guard Gabe Madsen Transfers To Utah Basketball

General view of the Jon M. Huntsman Center before the game between the Washington Huskies and the Utah Utes on February 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Cincinnati guard Gabe Madsen is the first player to transfer to Utah basketball under head coach Craig Smith.

Gabe Madsen finished his first season with Cincinnati during the 2020-21 campaign. He is the first player from the transfer portal to commit to Craig Smith’s program at Utah.

Madsen announced his decision to join the Runnin’ Utes via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

This scholarship will basically go towards the one that originally belonged to 2021 signee Norbert Thelissen, who entered the transfer portal on Friday.

On December 31, 2020, Madsen announced he was going to opt out of the rest of the college basketball season.

“I have decided to exercise the option to opt out the remainder of the season,” Madsen tweeted in December. “The lifestyle that COVID is forcing people to live with daily (not being able to do things other than be in my room or gym) has made achieving balance in my life, which allows me to enjoy basketball and my day-to-day life to the fullest, extremely difficult. I appreciate your understanding, and I wish nothing but the best for the Cincinnati program the rest of the season.”

During his freshman season, Madsen played in two games. He had three points and one rebound against Georgia, while recording one rebound and a steal against Lipscomb. Madsen has a twin brother, Mason, who also played for the Bearcats and is also in the portal.

Coming out of Mayo Senior High School in Rochester, Minnesota, Madsen was a three-star prospect that was the No. 6 rated recruit in the state of Minnesota. He received scholarship offers at the time from Cincinnati, Iowa, Marquette, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, South Dakota, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Xavier.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.