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Utah basketball receives commitment from Bingham big man Branden Carlson

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Bingham's Branden Carlson shoots during the 5A high school basketball semifinals against Layton at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 4, 2016. Bingham won 71- 42.

Bingham’s Branden Carlson shoots during the 5A high school basketball semifinals against Layton at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 4, 2016. Bingham won 71- 42.

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From multiple perspectives, the University of Utah men's basketball program on Sunday night received a big commitment in Bingham High senior Branden Carlson.

First, Carlson is rated by Scout.com as a four-star prospect and the 69th best player in the country for the class of 2017. Next, he is tall at 6-foot-10, weighing 210 pounds.

Thirdly, the Runnin' Utes kept a top prospect in the Beehive State, something that's become increasingly difficult in recent years. To boot, Carlson chose Utah over Pac-12 foes UCLA and Stanford, as well as BYU.

Carlson announced his commitment via Twitter.

In Carlson, the Utes are getting a player who is a rather late bloomer, but one who came on strong in recent months. He didn't receive his first Division I offer until April (from Utah State), and the offers from the schools that made up his final four didn't come until the summer.

In a video posted on Twitter Sunday night, Carlson indicated that he will serve an LDS mission immediately after graduating from high school next spring.

Carlson was not immediately available for additional comment.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.