SALT LAKE CITY -- New Utah men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak added a top assistant in Westminster's Tommy Connor but lost a second player not yet sold on the program.
The school announced Friday that freshman J.J. O'Brien was granted his release. That decision comes just three days after leading scorer and rebounder Will Clyburn asked for his release.
Clyburn said he wanted a year away from the game so his body could mature and develop. O'Brien said he simply wants the opportunity to weigh his options.
In Connor, the Utes get someone with local ties who can bolster in-state recruiting. Connor is a former Utes point guard (1986-88, 1990) and was an assistant (1994-97) under Rick Majerus. Westminster has posted 10 seasons with at least 20 wins under Connor.