National Signing Day: Utah Men’s Basketball Signs Two In-State Talents

Nov 8, 2023, 1:23 PM | Updated: Nov 9, 2023, 11:24 am

SALT LAKE CITY – It is National Signing Day for the non-revenue sports and the Utah men’s basketball team has added two in-state talents to their roster in the 2024 signing class.

Jaxon Johnson signed Wednesday afternoon plans to serve a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints mission before starting his collegiate career.

Later on Thursday, the Utes got another local signee, Layton native David Katoa.


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Jaxon Johnson, Forward, Sandy, Utah

“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Jaxon Johnson, he’s truly a special addition to our program,” Utah head coach Craig Smith said. “One of the things that excites us most about Jaxon is his track record as a proven winner. His dedication, winning mentality and exceptional shooting skills are attributes that will undoubtedly contribute to our team’s success. Jaxon also has a deep-rooted connection to our university. His family is a Ute family through and through. His parents are proud Utah alums, and Jaxon himself grew up wearing Utah red. We can’t wait for Jaxon to join the Runnin’ Utes and see the impact he will make in our program.”

David Katoa, Guard, Layton, Utah

“We’re ecstatic to welcome David into our Runnin’ Utes family,” said Smith. “David is an exceptional talent with a remarkable athletic background. He comes from a family deeply rooted in athletics, with his parents and siblings all having excelled in sports at Utah, USC and BYU. David’s versatility as a player and ability to play 1-3 makes him an invaluable addition to our team. He’s also got an uncanny ability to make electrifying plays above the rim, something that will get Ute fans out of their seats. Guys like David have proven to impact our program and community.”

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National Signing Day: Utah Men’s Basketball Signs Two In-State Talents