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Utah forward Riley Battin reportedly enters transfer portal

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Utah Utes forward Riley Battin (21) misses a follow dunk attempt as Utah and Washington play in the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Utah won 98-95.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As the University of Utah men’s basketball program undergoes a transition at head coach that has not yet been resolved, a fourth player has reportedly entered the transfer portal, and this one is the most impactful to date.

On Tuesday evening, Verbal Commits reported that forward Riley Battin has entered the portal after three seasons in Salt Lake City.

From Oak Park, California, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Battin was one of the better prospects in the Golden State in the class of 2018 and he started 49 of 62 games his first two seasons with the Utes.

In his junior campaign, however, he started just nine of 25 contests, although he still averaged nearly 22 minutes per game and tallied stats of 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds, which means a relatively significant hole will exist in Utah’s rotation next season.

Seldom-used players Lahat Thioune and Jordan Kellier announced last week that they had entered the portal, and Brendan Wenzel did so during the season.