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Morning links: High praise for Jakob Poeltl from Charles Barkley; the BYU ... Mormons?

Jakob Poeltl has an unlikely fan.

Charles Barkley.

The Round Mound of Rebound spoke favorably of the Spurs trading for the former University of Utah big man in the deal that was primarily done to swap Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

“Poeltl is a really good player off the bench,” Barkley said in an interview.

Barkley also called the 22-year-old one of the most underrated players in the league while lauding what he considers a “great, great trade by the Spurs.”

It’s always nice to be complimented, but Poeltl told reporters he’s not focusing on how he’s rated.

“Underrated, overrated, it really doesn’t matter that much to me,” he said. “There’s going to be guys that really don’t rate you as a player … that praise you into the heavens. For me I really don’t try to pay too much attention to that. I just worry about myself, worry about my own game.”

The 7-foot Poeltl was among the most effective big men in the game. According to, there were only four more efficient bigs who averaged at least six possessions a game: Karl-Anthony Towns, Clint Capela, Anthony Davis and Kevin Love.


Former BYU basketball player and funny man/hoops color commentator Mark Durrant had a fun tweet in light of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ announcement about trying to avoid terms like Mormon and LDS.

Here’s the backstory on why the 1950 BYU men’s basketball team wore sweat suits that identified themselves as Mormons instead of Cougars. Spoiler: That team did firesides decades before it caught on with the football team.


High school football season is here! If you haven't had a chance to catch up on your favorite team — or the team you like your alma mater to beat — we've got you covered with a preview on every prep pigskin squad in the state.


Tyson Whiting, who’s been in the Utah sports radio scene for a while, has been named the new voice of the Utah Grizzlies. Longtime broadcaster Adrian Denny left for a job with the Phoenix RoadRunners.


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