On March 23, it was reported by Verbal Commits that forward Riley Battin, a rising senior, had entered the portal, but on Tuesday evening, Battin posted a short video on Twitter with a message indicating that he’s returning to Utah after all.
Smith agreed to become Utah’s new coach late on March 26 and met with his new team the next morning.
Battin, a California native who is listed at 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, started nine of 25 games in the 2020-21 season and averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
Four players from last season’s roster are still reportedly in the transfer portal: Timmy Allen, Alfonso Plummer, Lahat Thioune and Jordan Kellier. Brendan Wenzel entered the portal during the season and has officially joined the Wyoming Cowboys.