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  Hanno Mottola
Hanno Mottola

Player Profile

Helsinki, Finland

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 250



Fast Facts: A two year starter at power forward, Mottola enters his final season with the Utes ... made the 1999 Playboy All-America team and is a candidate for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards ... has started all 67 games the last two seasons ... earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and second team all-league recognition as a sophomore ... named one of the top foreign players in college basketball by Sports Illustrated ... leading scorer and second-leading rebounder returning ... graded third on the team in overall strength and conditioning entering the season ... team co-captain ... name is pronounced Ha-no MET-tuh-luh.

Career Notes: Ranks 22nd in career scoring at Utah with 1,134 points ... has 38 career blocked shots to rank 12th and is six away from making the top 10 at the U. ... ranks seventh in career defensive rebounds (305) and 10th in offensive boards (145) ... five career double-doubles.

Summer 1999: Played for the Finnish National Team in a four-country tournament with Lithuania, Russia and Germany in Helsinki in May ... was second in the tournament with averages of 16.3 points and 6.7 rebounds ... led the tournament in three-point field goals by going 7-of-9 (.778).

Junior (1998-99): First team all-Western Athletic Conference Pacific Division ... started all 33 games and averaged 31.0 minutes per game ... ranked 13th in the WAC and second on the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) ... was Utah's top scorer during the conference season with an average of 16.4 points per game ... led the conference in free throw percentage (.833) and was ninth in field goal percentage (.482) ... also made 35.4 percent of his three-point field goals (34-of-96) ... made at least two shots from beyond the arc in 10 games ... led the Utes in scoring a team-best 13 times ... scored in double figures in all but four of the 33 games and got 20 points or more on nine occasions ... was the team's leading rebounder in 11 games ... had double-figure rebounds in three games ... two double-doubles ... played 30 minutes or more 23 times ... averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 35.5 minutes in two NCAA Tournament games ... led Utah with 22 points, including an 8-of-9 effort from the free throw line, and had seven rebounds in 36 minutes in the first round against Arkansas State ... had 12 points and two rebounds in 35 minutes against Miami (Ohio) in the second round ... averaged 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three WAC Tournament games ... scored 14 points while shooting 5-of-9 from the field against Brigham Young in the quarterfinals ... career-best 28 points against Texas ... also had personal bests of 12 field goals and 22 field goal attempts against the Longhorns ... career-high 12 rebounds (including five offensive boards) against Long Beach State ... career-high five assists against UTEP (Feb. 25) ... led Utes in scoring with 16 points in season-opening win over Azusa Pacific ... led Utah with 17 points, shooting 3-of-4 from behind the arc, in 36 minutes against Indiana ... top Ute scorer and rebounder in win over Michigan with 21 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes ... 17 points and seven rebounds against Weber State ... 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots against Loyola Marymount ... 14 points and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest ... 22 points, making 10-of-11 free throws, and nine rebounds in 35 minutes against Brigham Young (Jan. 9) ... scored 20 points in back-to-back games against San Jose State (Jan. 23) and Fresno State (Jan. 25) ... also had eight rebounds against SJSU ... shot 8-of-10 from the field against FSU ... made 11-of-16 shots from the field to score 23 points against Hawaii (Feb. 13) ... got 25 points while making 11-of-14 free throws in 30 minutes against Fresno State (Feb. 20) ... second double-double of the season with 20 points, making 4-of-6 three-point field goals, and 10 boards against New Mexico (Feb. 27) ... named to the 1998-99 GTE Academic All-America second team and academic all-district team ... named academic all-WAC and WAC Scholar-Athlete ... made the fall and spring semester honor rolls.

Summer 1998: Averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while playing for the Finnish National Team in the European Championship qualifying tournament ... set Finnish National Team record for most points scored in a game when he hit for 43 against Latvia in August.

Sophomore (1997-98): Named second team all-WAC Mountain Division ... started all 34 games ... was the team's third-leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and led the Utes in scoring in eight games ... scored in double figures 24 times and surpassed the 20-point plateau twice ... had a great NCAA Tournament, averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in six games ... was named to the West Region all-tournament team ... 14 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field, and seven rebounds against San Francisco in the first round ... nine points and eight boards in second-round win over Arkansas ... made 7-of-12 shots from the field to get 14 points and added five rebounds in 27 minutes against top-seeded Arizona in the West Regional final ... nine points in national semifinal win over No. 1 ranked North Carolina ... 15 points (making all six free throw attempts) and eight rebounds in NCAA championship game loss to Kentucky ... set U. single-game field goal record when he went 10-of-10 against Loyola Marymount (second-best mark in the NCAA in 1997-98) ... named WAC Player of the Week after that game, in which he scored a season-high 25 points ... set the school record for consecutive field goals made with 13 straight in the Loyola Marymount (Nov. 25) and UC Irvine (Nov. 29) games ... finished with 16 points against UC Irvine, shooting 7-of-9 from the field ... had double-doubles in the first two games of the season ... 12 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) against Cal State-Fullerton ... season-high 25 points and 10 boards (six offensive) in win at Weber State ... third double-double of the season with 16 points (making all six free throw attempts) and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest ... 17 points, going 7-of-12 from the field, and nine rebounds against Providence ... a career-best three blocked shots, 16 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes against UNLV (Feb. 23) ... led Utes with 18 points in win over New Mexico (Feb. 28) ... named to the winter and spring quarter honor rolls.

Freshman (1996-97): Named to the WAC Mountain Division all-newcomer team ... averaged 6.4 points per game ... top Ute field goal shooter (.586) for the season ... played in 32 of 33 games ... missed the Utah State game on Nov. 26 because of a commitment with Finnish National Team ... scored in double figures five times ... season-best 19 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the field, in 31 minutes in his first career start against UC Irvine ... scored 10 points in two of his first five games against Azusa Pacific (Nov. 23) and Weber State (Dec. 14) ... shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field against Azusa Pacific ... made 4-of-5 field goals to score 10 points against Brigham Young (Jan. 11) ... best all-around game of the season with 13 points--shooting 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the free throw line--and a season-best seven rebounds in 27 minutes against TCU (Jan. 18) ... nine points and six boards in 18 minutes against SMU (Feb. 13) ... nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 shooting from the free throw line in the Utes' NCAA Tournament regional semifinal win over Stanford ... named to the Dean's List and spring quarter honor roll with a 4.00 GPA.

Finnish National Team/Club Team: Averaged 13.9 points (most by a Finnish player) for the 22 and under Finnish National Team ... averaged 9.6 points per game for the Finnish National Team in the summer of 1995 ... played with the Finnish team in the finals of the European Championships in Athens in 1995 ... also played for the Helsinki YMCA club team where he averaged 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds during the 1995-96 season ... averaged 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in the playoffs that season ... played with the Finnish team in the 1994 European Junior Championships in Slovenia.

Personal: Son of Kari and Mariatta Mottola ... economics major ... born Sept. 9, 1976.

Quoting Majerus

"Hanno has to emerge as a presence in the paint, as well as on the perimeter. He has to play with a more physical bent to his game and must become tougher on the glass and defensively. His skills aren't in question. Everyone understands how talented a player he is. Now it has to be proven."

Career Highs

Points 28 vs. Texas (12/12/98) Rebounds 12 vs. Long Beach State (12/5/98) Field Goals 12 vs. Texas (12/12/98) Field Goal Attempts 22 vs. Texas (12/12/98) 3-Point Field Goals 4 vs. New Mexico (2/27/99) 3-Point Field Goal Attempts 6, Three Times Free Throws 11 vs. Fresno State (2/20/99) Free Throw Attempts 14 vs. Fresno State (2/20/99) Assists 5 vs. UTEP (2/25/99) Steals 2, Three Times Blocked Shots 3 vs. UNLV (2/23/98) Minutes 39 vs. Tulsa (3/5/99)

Career Statistics

Season GP-GS Min FG-A Pct 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Reb Avg PF-D AT TO BS ST Pts Avg
1996-97 32-1 560 78-133 .586 0-2 .000 48-77 .623 91 2.8 95-6 29 38 9 8 204 6.4
1997-98 34-34 958 158-323 .489 16-55 .291 92-122 .754 181 5.3 76-1 27 78 16 12 424 12.5
1998-99 33-33 1023 186-386 .482 34-96 .354 100-120 .833 178 5.4 96-4 47 58 13 13 506 15.3
Totals 99-68 2541 422-842 .501 50-153 .327 240-319 .752 450 4.5 267-11 103 174 38 33 1134 11.5
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