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Runnin' Utes scheduled to visit Barcelona, Paris

Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts to his team in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts to his team in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Rick Bowmer, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah men’s basketball is taking its act overseas. The Utes are scheduled to play three games on a 10-day tour of Barcelona and Paris, Aug. 5-15.

It’ll be the program’s fifth offseason excursion since 1997 when Utah made the first of three trips to Australia. Other journeys followed in 2001 and 2007. Under head coach Larry Krystkowiak, the Utes visited Brazil in 2012.

Utah is coming off a 20-12 season that ended with a 73-68 loss to Boise State in the first round of the NIT. The Utes finished fourth in the Pac-12 with an 11-7 mark.

Several player personnel moves followed when the season concluded.

Besides losing guard Lorenzo Bonham to graduation, first-team all-confernece forward Kyle Kuzma (16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds) decided to give up his final season of eligibility and enter the upcoming NBA draft.

Prior to that, in March, guards Devon Daniels and JoJo Zamora were dismissed from the team. Daniels has since landed at North Carolina State and will be eligible to play in 2018-19 as a sophomore.

Utah’s recruiting efforts to fill the vacancies feature the signings of Las Vegas-area prep stars Donnie Tillman and Christian PoPoola, as well as the addition of Long Beach State graduate transfer Justin Bibbins. They’ll join top returnees David Collette (13.6 points, 5.1 assists) and Sedrick Barefield (9 points) on the Utah roster this season.

In April, Krystkowiak told the Deseret News that the team has regrouped and has the continued mindset of always grinding.

“I like what we’re doing this spring with our guys,” he said. “We’ve got a great spirit on the team, and we’re involved with some good recruits. We’re hoping that we’re going to start catching some breaks.”

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