Changes are always bound to happen after a coaching change, and BYU appears to be losing one of its three class of 2019 signees.
Chinese big man Shengzhe Li announced on his twitter account that he will re-open his recruitment “due to recent coaching changes.” Li requested the release from his National Letter of Intent and Mark Pope obliged.
Li spent the last two seasons of high school in southern California after growing up in China. He was considered a developmental progress coming in, but showed signs of growth during his junior and senior year. BYU could still retain Li if the Coach Pope decides to pursue, but that seems unlikely.
One name to keep an eye on is UVU big man and WAC freshman of the year Wyatt Lowell, who recently entered the NCAA transfer portal. Lowell was ranked as a top 250 prospect nationally coming out of high school in Arizona when he committed to Mark Pope and UVU before his LDS mission. The 6’10” big man is a stretch four who averaged 4.6 points on 38% three-point shooting this past season. He scored 14 points and shot 4-6 from three versus St Mary’s early in the season. Sources have indicated to Vanquish the Foe that BYU is the favorite to land Lowell.