SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – New men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak has pledged to make the University of Utah competitive again and restore the pride it experienced under Rick Majerus.
First he needs to hire a staff and persuade current players, such as leading scorer Will Clyburn, to stay.
Clyburn was among those still wavering Monday even after hearing Krystkowiak introduced as the successor to fired coach Jim Boylen.
Others such as center David Foster, who will be a senior next season when the Utes join the new Pac-12 Conference, was already looking forward to playing for someone with such credentials.
Krystkowiak previously coached the Milwaukee Bucks and Montana Grizzlies and spent last season as a New Jersey Nets assistant.
He received a five-year deal worth $950,000 annually.
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