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Utah Basketball Officially Inks Former Wake Forest Transfer Zach Keller

May 6, 2024, 2:27 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – Things are officially official with former Wake Forest forward Zach Keller and the Runnin’ Utes who signed his papers on May 6.

Utah has been down on their luck in recent weeks with regard to men’s basketball, but Keller’s signing is a more positive step in the right direction.

Still, head coach Craig Smith and the Utes have a lot of work ahead of them to prepare for life in the Big 12.

A Recap Of Utah’s Recent Woes And The Work Ahead

Deivon Smith might have been the biggest blow to the Utes (at least from a player standpoint) after he entered the NCAA Transfer Portal and just committed to St. John’s.

In just the past few weeks Utah head coach Craig Smith has had two assistant coaches leave (DeMarlo Slocum and Chris Burgess) along with rising star center Keba Keita hitting the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Earlier in the transfer portal process, Rollie Worster entered as well. He will now be suiting up for Nebraska. He was joined by Luca Tarlac and Wilguens Exacte.

Additionally, Ben Carlson retired from basketball to pursue a business venture.

It hasn’t been entirely bad news for the Utes who have already brought in transfers Keanu Dawes and Mason Madsen (Gabe Madsen’s twin brother). Keller, and now Caleb Lohner will be on hand to help the rebuild efforts of Utah basketball for the 2024-25 season.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on X, Instagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

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