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Meet the Runnin' Utes: Player bios for the 2016-17 Utah basketball team

The 2016-2017 season will certainly mark a new chapter for the University of Utah men’s basketball program.

While there is stability with head coach Larry Krystkowiak entering his sixth season at the program, there are plenty of unknowns on the roster, as 12 of its players weren’t part of the team that went to the NCAA tournament last season.

Who are these guys? With a week to go before the team's first exhibition game at home against Northwest Nazarene, get to know the players on this year's roster.

Sedrick Barefield

No. 2

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 190 pounds

Of note: The transfer from SMU won’t be eligible to play for the Runnin’ Utes until Dec. 22 but has been impressive during camp and will likely start alongside Lorenzo Bonam in the backcourt once he’s eligible. Barefield played 16 minutes in five games for the Mustangs as a freshman last season before deciding to transfer.

Gabe Bealer

No. 30

Class: Senior

Position: Guard/Forward

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 183 pounds

Of note: Seldom used during his junior season after transferring from City College of San Francisco, Bealer will be looking to crack Krystkowiak’s rotation as one of the Runnin’ Utes’ only real options on the wing. He averaged four points and 6.6 minutes of playing time in the 16 games he appeared in last season.

Lorenzo Bonam

No. 15

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 189 pounds

Of note: The lone returning senior from last year who was a regular part of the rotation, Bonam averaged 10.2 points and just under three assists per game during the 2015-2016 season.

Tim Coleman

No. 0

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 190 pounds

Of note: The transfer from Lee College (Baytown, Texas) is dealing with a shoulder injury. During his sophomore season with the Rebels, he averaged 14.5 points per game, although he appeared in just 13 contests because of a shoulder injury. Once healthy, he’ll be looking to crack Utah’s rather deep guard rotation.

David Collette

No. 13

Class: Junior

Position: Forward/Center

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 220 pounds

Of note: Like Barefield, Collette won’t be eligible after transferring from Utah State after last season had already begun. During the 2014-2015 season with the Aggies, Collette started all 31 games and averaged 12.8 points and five rebounds per contest. Also like Barefield, he’ll be looking to crack the starting lineup once he’s eligible to play.

Jake Connor

No. 10

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 181 pounds

Of note: The son of associate head coach Tommy Connor, the sophomore walk-on averaged 4.7 minutes in six appearances last season.

Devon Daniels

No. 3

Class: Freshman

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 190 pounds

Of note: A pretty big get during the recruiting process, the true freshman has already shown some nice athleticism. He could have a tough time getting playing time given Utah’s depth in the backcourt, although he may be able to play on the wing given his height.

Jayce Johnson

No. 34

Class: Freshman

Position: Forward/Center

Height: 7-foot-0

Weight: 235 pounds

Of note: A prized recruit, Johnson joined the team last winter but redshirted. Strong around the basket, Johnson will be looking to make an impact right away.

Jakub Jokl

No. 43

Class: Freshman

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-11

Weight: 230 pounds

Of note: Given his first name and continent of origin, the true freshman from the Czech Republic is already linked to former Runnin’ Ute star Jakob Poeltl, although it appears early that he has a ways to go in his development.

Kyle Kuzma

No. 35

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 221 pounds

Of note: Utah’s best player, Kuzma has asserted himself as the team’s leader on and off the floor and is being discussed as a potential NBA draft pick. As a sophomore, he averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. One question surrounding Kuzma heading into the season is which forward position he’ll be best utilized at.

Tyler Rawson

No. 21

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-10

Weight: 225 pounds

Of note: The American Fork High School grad transferred to Utah from Salt Lake Community College, where he averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He played his freshman season at SUU. A big man with solid perimeter skills, he should complement Utah’s other frontcourt players well.

Marc Reininger

No. 40

Class: Freshman

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-9

Weight: 220 pounds

Of note: The Monument, Colorado native will join the Runnin’ Utes as a walk-on freshman.

Beau Rydalch

No. 20

Class: Freshman

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 205 pounds

Of note: Having graduated from South Summit High School in 2014, he committed then to Utah as a walk-on before leaving on an LDS mission to Ecuador. He is the son of former Runnin’ Ute Craig Rydalch, whose brother Mark also played for Utah.

Chris Seeley

No. 11

Class: Freshman

Position: Forward

Height: 6-foot-8

Weight: 215 pounds

Of note: Utah beat out a number of Pac-12 teams for Seeley, who didn’t sign until the summer after resolving some academic issues. He suffered a torn labrum in early August and is still recovering.

Parker Van Dyke

No. 5

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185 pounds

Of note: A freshman on the Runnin’ Utes’ squad during the 2013-2014 season, the East High School alum is back with the program after returning from an LDS mission to Alabama in May. He’s been one of the more pleasant surprises during camp and will be looking to be a key part of the guard rotation. During his freshman year, he played in 23 games, averaging 2.5 points in just under 10 minutes per contest.

JoJo Zamora

No. 1

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 170 pounds

Of note: The transfer from Yuba College averaged 18.5 points, four assists and 1.9 steals per game in his last season with the 49ers. Krystkowiak has already called him one of Utah’s best defenders, which ought to help him be part of the rotation.

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