Utah Basketball Adds Ben Carlson From Wisconsin To 2023 Roster

Apr 30, 2022, 3:42 PM
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New Utah Utes head basketball coach Craig Smith. (Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY- Former Wisconsin forward, Ben Carlson joins Craig Smith and the Utes for 2023. Carlson put his name in the transfer portal on March 30.

About Carlson

Carlson spent two seasons with the Badgers as their backup forward. The six-foot, nine-inch athlete hails from Woodbury, Minnesota. Before he chose Wisconsin, Carlson held offers from Creighton, Xavier, Michigan, and Ohio State.

Carlson had problems staying in the starting lineup at Wisconsin, mostly due to some injuries. Of particular note was a back injury during his freshman season.

During Carlson’s sophomore year he averaged 9.9 minutes, 1.6 points, two rebounds, and .1 assists per game.

Other New Faces

Carlson will be joining a few other new faces to the Utah basketball program. Mike Saunders Jr. joined the Runnin’ Utes via the transfer portal from Cincinnati. Gavin Baxter transferred from BYU. Wilguens Exacte Jr. and Keba Keita are high school signees.

Smith is in his second year with the Utes as he looks to rebuild a once proud program back to prominence. Part of that process has included bringing on former Ute turned coach Chris Burgess as an assistant.

Utah will look to improve upon an 11-20 record in the 2021-’22 season.

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