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Men's Basketball Signs JC Star Killion

Guard averaged 27 points, 5 assists at California's Palomar Junior College.

April 23, 1998

Jeremy Killion, a 6-1, 195-pound shooting guard from Palomar Junior College in San Marcos, Calif., has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Utah and play basketball. The announcement was made today by Utah head basketball coach Rick Majerus.

As a sophomore this past season, Killion averaged 27.0 points and 5.0 assists per game. An outstanding shooter, he shot 52 percent from the field, 46 percent from three-point range and made 107 three-point shots in 31 games. He shot 85 percent from the free throw line. He had a high game of 45 points this past season. He led Palomar to the second round of the district playoffs. He was named first team all-state, first team all-league and won the team academic award with a GPA over 3.0. Killion played his freshman season at Treasure Valley Community College in Idaho, where he averaged 18.0 points per game and was named honorable mention all-conference.

He attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego where he averaged 35.0 points per game and was named San Diego and CIF Player of the Year. He was also named honorable mention All-American by USA Today and was a McDonald's All-American nominee.

"Jeremy is a player who has tremendous character," said Majerus. "He joins a long line of honor roll students coming to the university. His decision to come was based a great deal on the fact that we are a research university of high academic renown. He will be an honor roll student and someone who will avail himself of the outstanding teaching facility the university has to offer. On the court we don't have a player in the program who is a better shooter. I feel he is one of the premier jump shooters in the country. He has tremendous athletic ability, so therefore he should be a good defender. We are counting on him to channel his athletic ability into a tremendous defensive effort. He has big shoes to fill in Drew Hansen and will battle David Jackson for playing time. He brings a dimension to the game that is invaluable because we have so many big players. He will be able to extend the defense because, perhaps, he is the finest shooter in junior college basketball.

"Jeremy is someone who live in a gym," explained Majerus. "He is the consummate gym rat and therefore my kind of player. I love his dedication and devotion to the game. He plays the game for all the right reasons. Now he has to undergo the challenge of learning to play without the ball and to get others shots but it's nice to know when the ball comes to him you have someone out there who can knock it down. I especially like his strength. I feel that what he lacks in size he makes up for in strength and his tough minded determination is not unlike that of Craig Rydalch. Our fans will see the bulldog Rydalch in Killion as well as the shooting skills of Phil Dixon."

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