Utah Signs 2017 Shooting Guard Devante Doutrive

Devante Doutrive Utah Utah Men's Basketball

Devante Doutrive, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Birmingham (CA) High School, signed with Utah on Thursday, the team announced in a press release.

“We are very excited to welcome Devante to our basketball program,” said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak in the release. “He is very athletic and has a great knack for putting points on the board. He is also a tremendous passer and will fit into our system, quite well. He will be a great addition to the team and we look forward to working with him when fall workouts begin.”

According to 247Sports, Doutrive is ranked as the No. 152 overall player in the Class of 2017 and the No. 16 player from the state of California. He joins Christian Popoola, Branden Carlson, Donnie Tillman, and Jaxon Brenchley, as the fifth commit in Utah’s 2017 class.

“The NCAA granted Devante a waiver that will allow him to take nine credits by the second semester and then he can play,” Doutrive’s guardian Laurian Watkins told Scout on Thursday. “We’ll just re-evaluate where he is then.”

Doutrive’s commitment comes one day after the Utes landed 2018 recruit Naseem Gaskin. Last season Birmingham High School, Doutrive averaged 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and helped lead his high school squad to a state championship title this past season.

“Utah has been consistently towards the top of the Pac-12 and we don’t want to be disruptive to the chemistry of the team,” said Watkins. “I trust that Larry Krystkowiak knows whatever is best for him, in terms of playing or redshirting, but we’ll reevaluate at that time.”

Doutrive, who previously had narrowed his list to Gonzaga, Oregon, and UTEP, was impressed with several facets of the program during his official visit.

“Utah was very organized,” said Watkins. “The kids were even organized in open gym, pickup situations. Utah’s kids are constantly working and I think that’s a really good situation for Devante.”

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