Jakob Poeltl will join the Utes for the 2014-15 season
April 25, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball head coach Larry Krystkowiak has announced the addition of Jakob Poeltl for the 2014-15 season.
"We are really excited to have Jakob join our program as he will give us versatility at the power forward and center positions," Krystkowiak said. "He is committed to coming here and maximizing his basketball potential. Over the past year he has been playing against men so he is a little more seasoned as far as level of competition. Adding Jakob, a coveted big man, to our mix of international players, is something we feel is a blueprint to success in the Pac-12."
Poeltl is a seven-footer hailing from Austria, and chose the Utes after also making visits to Cal and Arizona. He displays outstanding offensive efficiency after shooting almost 75 percent from the floor in the top domestic league, the Bundesliga.
Poeltl was named an all-star after averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions.
In 2013, he captained the U-18 Austrian national team at the European Championships and was named to the second team by Eurobasket. Poeltl was part of the national championship team at the U-16 level and dominated the `B' division of the Bundesliga, being named two-time MVP when he suited up for the Vienna DC Timberwolves.
His leaping abilities and running skills help him to be a good factor in transition. Overall, he is considered as being greatly skilled for a player of his size due to his fundamentals and footwork.
"Jakob has made great sacrifices to get to this point," Krystkowiak added. "He has been burning the candle at both ends in order to get here and experience the college atmosphere. We can't wait to have him here in this environment because he has a terrific future ahead of him. It's a great day for our program."