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JC STANDOUT COMMITS TO UTES

Tom Shuey, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound sophomore from Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz., has made a verbal commitment to play basketball for the University of Utah next year.

Shuey, a power forward, averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game for Yavapai, which finished the season with a 19-13 record."He's an excellent defender and rebounder, and he runs the floor extremely well for his size," says Yavapai coach Dolph Carroll.

Carroll says that Shuey is still relatively new to the game, and, as a result, will improve rapidly at Utah. Shuey, who pitched for the school's baseball team as a freshman, joined the basketball team two years ago, but played an average of just seven minutes per game. "He just wasn't ready for college basketball," says Carroll. This year Shuey played 30 to 35 minutes per game and earned second-team all-region honors.

"He has a great work ethic, and I believe in the next two years he will become a very good scorer," says Carroll.

NCAA rules forbid Utah coaches from discussing recruits until after next month's official signing date.