Utah Utes Basketball: Onwas leaving, but why?

The statement is out and Princeton Onwas is not coming back to the University of Utah. Many may think this is to clear room for Chris Reyes or Jakob Poeltl, but such is not the case. Space is being cleared for another potential recruit.

Many fans I have spoke with on Twitter thought Onwas was not to be leaving the Utes due to his proven defensive skill and slashing ability. However, Onwas will not be wearing a Utah uniform next season.

If fans are looking for a basketball reason for Onwas to leave the program simply look at the outside shooting. Many times at the end of the last season Onwas would be on the floor with JLove, Taylor, Wright, and Bachynski. That is not a lot of shooting when considering Taylor is the only shooting threat in that list of names. For those worried about the Utes’ defense, have no fear. One thing I can trust with Larry Krystkowiak is that his team will play tough defense.

As far as non-basketball related reasons? Scholarship count. When Chris Reyes signed on, Amhad Fields announced he would be leaving. When it was announced that Jakob Poeltl had committed to the Utes, speculation started about Jeremy Olsen or Marko Kovacevic leaving. Now the announcement that Onwas is leaving clears that scholarship count issue up, or does it?

A source, that I like to think is better than an ESPN source, has informed me that Onwas is leaving due to the Utes recruiting not being done yet. The Utes are still in the running and have some level of confidence in obtaining Mizzu commit, Namon Wright. Namon Wright is a 3 star shooting guard out of Southern California and has played with The Utes’ starting guard, Brandon Taylor. Namon would be another player that would be competing for playing time right away.

This brings three questions to mind. Who will be leaving next? Who else are the Utes targeting? How many more seasons will there be so much turnover on the Utes’ roster?

About the author

Grant Bagby

Since moving to Utah in 2005, I have changed from following all sports in D.C/Virginia to following all sports in Utah. I am a Chicago Bulls fan first (Born and raised by my father), but I am also a hardcore Jazz fan with 7 years of being a season ticket holder under my belt. I started TornBySports to write about the BYU/Utah Rivalry after Max Hall ran his mouth.