If Laster does not settle into a forward spot, transfer John Dearman, a stylish shooter, probably will. Eddie Trail, another transfer, has the ball handling and driving ability to take defensive pressure off Newlin and enable Coach Jack Gardner to rely more on guard options. And Jimmy Wright, though only 5'7", is so quick he could go through the laundry without getting wet.
Coach Gardner is a methodical teacher who believes in organization. "If it moves, we chart it," he admits. Will the fans in the new arena be watching the usual freewheeling Utah fast break? Because his statistics convince him it is easier to teach than complicated set offenses, they will. And, anyway, Gardner says, "It works." It better. Somebody has to pay for that carpeting.