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Runnin' Utes add depth in post as Smith picks up 6-foot-10 transfer from Illinois State

Illinois State forward Dusan Mahorcic grabs a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Illinois State forward Dusan Mahorcic grabs a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (AP)



SALT LAKE CITY — A day after Utah was able to reel Both Gach back into the program, head coach Craig Smith got some needed help in the post from the transfer portal.

Dusan Mahorcic, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward who was previously with Illinois State, announced on Twitter Friday he was transferring to Utah. Mahorcic, originally from Belgrade, Serbia, announced Monday that his top three schools would be Clemson, Texas and Utah, with early indications pointing to Texas. But Smith was able to seal the deal and bring Mahorcic to Utah.

Mahorcic played one season at Illinois State after moving on from Moberly Area Community College and has two seasons to play at Utah, where he'll likely be a strong contender for a starting position his first year. In 22 games last season, Mahorcic averaged 9.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 24.4 minutes of play.

He joins six other players who joined the program this offseason through the transfer portal, including Gach, former Utah State players Marco Anthony and Rollie Worster, as well Cincinnati's Gabe Madsen, UNLV's David Jenkins Jr and Coffeyville Community College's Bostyn Holt. With the addition of Mahorcic to the program, Utah has one scholarship spot left for the 2021-22 season.

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