Coach Craig Smith and his Runnin’ Utes program are having a good week.

News broke earlier this week that Utah is bringing back Chris Burgess to join the bench as an assistant coach, and, on Wednesday, Utah got word that a highly-regard big man from nearby prep powerhouse Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant will be joining the program as well.

Keba Keita, a 6-foot-9 center in the 2022 class, has committed to the Utes. Wednesday marked the first day of the regular signing period, allowing high school commits to sign a National Letter of Intent. He chose the Utes over offers from UNLV, Washington, and Utah Tech.

The 225-pound post ranks as a 4-star prospect and the 97th overall player in his class, per the 247 Composite. He’s the 16th-best center prospect and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Utah.

Keita led the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (NIBC) last season in rebounding with 9.5 boards a game in 10 appearances. He also finished third with 2.0 blocks a game.

He joins a 2022 class that also includes transfer guard Mike Saunders and former NBA Academy Latin America guard Wilguens Exacte.