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Former UTEP signee Brendan Wenzel commits to Utah basketball

SALT LAKE CITY — Brendan Wenzel, a shooting guard from the San Antonio area, has committed to play for the University of Utah basketball program.

Wenzel originally signed a national letter of intent with UTEP but received a release from the Miners in March "due to unforeseen events" and opened up his recruitment.

On Thursday, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound Wenzel announced that he was Salt Lake City-bound, tweeting:

"I would like to thank the coaches that recruited me throughout the years. I also want to thank my family and coaches/trainers that helped me to be the player I am today. I'm happy to say that I will be continuing my education and basketball at the University of Utah."

Wenzel added photos of the Ute locker room, a Utah basketball mural and the school logo.

The Utes were the first Power 5 program to extend an offer, according to a tweet he posted earlier this week. Wenzel was also recruited by Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, SMU, Army and Incarnate Word, according to Texas fan blog

The blog also claimed Wenzel wanted out of his UTEP signing in the aftermath of two assistants leaving the program — one by resignation, the other being fired — as a result of the college admissions bribery scandal.

Wenzel averaged 24 points his senior year and hit 41 percent of his 3-point shots for O'Connor High School.