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Utah guard Pelle Larsson reportedly transferring to Arizona

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Utah Utes guard Pelle Larsson (3) leaps up for an alley-oop dunk over USC Trojans guard Ethan Anderson (20) during a game at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

In what would be an extra gut punch to the Utah Utes men’s basketball program, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported Sunday morning that not only will guard Pelle Larsson in fact transfer (Larsson entered the transfer portal in late April but was reportedly mulling his options), but he’ll be going to Pac-12 perennial power Arizona.

Givony reported the news via Twitter.

Larsson’s pending departure is significant for a Utah program that has seen the majority of last season’s production depart during the head coaching transition from Larry Krystkowiak to Craig Smith. As a freshman last season, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Larsson started 18 of 25 games and averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.

Larsson would become the fourth Ute from last season to transfer to another Power Five program. Timmy Allen is going to Texas, Alfonso Plummer is headed to Illinois and Ian Martinez has signed with Maryland.