The Mark Pope Pipeline from Orem to Provo continues to flow.
Earlier today, BYU Basketball announced that Richard Harward, Wyatt Lowell and Trey Stewart have signed financial aid agreements to play for the Cougars. Harward and Lowell will come to Provo by way of Utah Valley where they played for Pope; Stewart, who had initially signed a letter of intent to play for UVU, will graduate from American Fork HS this spring before going on a LDS mission.
Adding each of these players this coming season would be a nice boost; however, Howard and Lowell will need to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Trey Stewart could have joined the team this next season, but he will leave to serve a mission in England at the end of this month.
After receiving little playing time at the beginning of last season at UVU, Richard Harward was inserted into the rotation after an injury and became arguably the most improved player in the WAC. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and shot 67.9 percent from the field in 20.5 minutes of action during the last 18 games of the season. The 6-foot-11 center will add size and depth to a position that will be relatively thin in the coming years.
“Richard Harward has some of the best ‘insides’ in college basketball. He welcomes challenges and adversity and has an incredible desire to rise above it."@CoachMarkPope#BYUhoops pic.twitter.com/XCzGBq5bHz— BYU Basketball (@BYUbasketball) May 8, 2019
Wyatt Lowell will be coming to BYU after being named the 2018-19 WAC Freshman of the Year while at UVU. The 6-foot-10 forward, who will some versatility along with his size to the program, averaged 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and shot 37.6 percent from 3-point range in his freshman season. Lowell is a former 4-star recruit and one of the top 3-point shooting big man out West. We profiled Lowell more in depth here when he committed to BYU a couple weeks ago.
“I’m not sure if Wyatt Lowell is going to be a two guard, a wing or a power forward,” Pope said. “What I do know is he’s a 6-10 baller with a silky stroke and a high basketball IQ who loves this game and has dreams of accomplishing great things."@CoachMarkPope#BYUhoops pic.twitter.com/6sD8Bz1grL— BYU Basketball (@BYUbasketball) May 8, 2019
Trey Stewart, a 6-foot-3 guard, has quite the highlight reel of dunks (which can been seen below) for someone his size. He was named second-team all-state in 2018-19 when he averaged 14.8 points and 3.7 assists. He flew under the radar of most college programs but has great upside thanks to his athleticism.