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Anybody who has been watching has seen that Utah has quietly been causing some damage on the recruiting trail. Thursday night, the Utes landed their fourth Rivals150 prospect since 2012 when big man Makol Mawien ended his recruitment.
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A 6-foot-9, 210 pound big man from West Valley City (Utah) Granger, Mawien earned national attention playing in the summer with the Utah Prospects program.
Utah coaches didn't need for Mawien to develop into a national name to be sold on him and after leading for a while, they locked down his recruitment shortly after the July live period.
"I realized that I would do really good there," Mawien told Rivals.com. "My family wants me to be there and my family thinks it is a great place for me to be.
"I like the coaching staff and playing in the Pac-12 conference and I think the style of play for me is good."
Very mobile with a great motor, Mawien is still an emerging big man prospect. His game is probably more of a center's in terms of where he is most effective, but he is very mobile in space, has lots of room to develop and could easily play as a power forward.
Wherever his future coaches want him, he's game.
"I'm not really sure about my role right now," said Mawien. "I think they like my defensive game, my athleticism and the way I run the floor. I think they see me as a four.
"I think I can help them and I'll do my best."
Most of all, Mawien is happy to have ended his recruitment and by landing him the Utes have proven that they are an emerging force in the Pac-12.
"I'm relieved knowing that I'm going to a good place," said Mawien. "I know that I could have a good chance to succeed."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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