BYU landed Purdue big man transfer Matt Haarms a few weeks ago, but coaches are still on the lookout for one or two transfer guards to round out next season’s roster. Many of the current targets are point guards with multiple years of eligibility remaining and could fill in for Alex Barcello after he graduates.
BYU has at least one vacant scholarship, but could have a second one available if Jesse Wade medically retires due to his ongoing knee issues or there is a surprise transfer.
Below are the current BYU targets and their class next season.
Franco Miller, Ole Miss, RS SO
Miller redshirted his freshman year in 2018-2019 after suffering a fractured knee cap. He appeared in 19 games this past season and was used sparingly, averaging 0.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 0.3 apg. Miller is a Bahamas native and played his senior year of high school in Canada. He really came onto the recruiting at the end of his senior and had scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Miller has good size for a point guard at 6-foot-3. BYU would be banking on that size and promise he showed in high school transitioning into a future starting point guard.
Likelihood to transfer to BYU: High — if BYU wants him. Miller told Ben Criddle on ESPN 960 that BYU, Charlotte, and a handful of JUCO schools are his top schools. BYU has other options who they may prioritize over Miller.
Jalen Carey, Syracuse, RS SO
Carey was a consensus 4-star recruit coming out of Harlem in the class of 2018; ESPN pegged him at the 38th best recruit in the nation. Carey started off his college career with a bang. In just his third game as a true freshman, Carey scored 26 points and grabbed 7 boards versus UConn in Madison Square Garden. He followed that up with a 14 point outing the next night versus Oregon in MSG.
Carey trailed off after that, never scoring in double figures again for the rest of the season. He averaged 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1 assist in 12 minutes per game as a freshman. As a sophomore last season, he only played in Syracuse’s first two games before thumb surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Likelihood to transfer to BYU: Low-Medium. BYU is one of 5 schools listed for Carey.
Source: Marquette, BYU, Creighton, Rhode Island, Alabama, amongst those in the mix for Syracuse transfer Jalen Carey.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 5, 2020
I’m told he’s still open to hearing from other programs if interest is mutual.
Carey crew up in Harlem and has zero connection to BYU. The fact that BYU is still under consideration shows that coaches have made a strong impression. Carey, in my opinion, is the number one target on BYU’s board. He has good size for a point guard at 6-foot-3 and is very athletic. His ceiling is the highest of any of BYU’s targets and he could easily become a All-WCC player if he meets that ceiling.
Anthony Nelson, Seton Hall, JR
Another guard from New York City, Nelson has BYU in his final five schools along with Oregon State, Manhattan, Long Beach State, and Rhode Island
Nelson fits the mold of the previous two guys with his 6-foot-4 size. He played in 61 games total in his two seasons at Seton Hall, but never took off from being a role player. Last season he averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 assists and 1 rebound in 12.5 minutes per game.
Likelihood to transfer to BYU: Medium. Anthony could redshirt as junior next season and then have two seasons as BYU’s starting point guard. He’s shown flashes of good play at Seton Hall and would be a quality starting point guard for BYU.
Jeremiah Francis, North Carolina, SO
Francis was a productive role player for the Tar Heels as a true freshman, averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 13.5 minutes per game last season. He had a nice three-game stretch at the beginning of the season versus Gonzaga, UCLA, and Yale where he scored in double figures each game.
Francis’ biggest issue has been knee problems. He missed his last two years of high school basketball with knee injuries, missed the first eight games of UNC’s season, and was limited to only 70 minutes over the final 16 games due to knee issues. Despite his knee problems, UNC saw him worthy enough of a scholarship spot.
Likelihood to land at BYU: Low-Medium. It’s still early to say which schools have the upper hand for Francis. He has good upside, but whatever school lands him will be willing to take the risk on his knee issues. If BYU lands him and he can stay healthy, he would have a chance to start three years at point guard.
North Carolina transfer Jeremiah Francis has now heard from BYU, Dayton, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP, Ohio U, Utah State, TCU and Oregon State, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 1, 2020
High upside prospect averaged 3.3 points and two assists per game. Three years remaining.
Jonah Antonio, UNLV, RS SR
A native of Australia, Antonio is looking for his fourth school of his college career. Antonio started his career at Mount St Mary’s and averaged 11.3 ppg as a freshman. He then went the JUCO route, where he shot 40% from three, before playing as junior last year at UNLV. He averaged 7 points on 32% three-point shooting.
Antonio is a volume shooter who isn’t afraid to shoot from deep. He averaged eight three-point shot attempts as a freshman and seven per game as junior, but did so on 34% and 31% shooting percentages, respectively. Antonio can fill it up from three as well as anyone when he is on, but he can get streaky and cold too often. If he ends up at BYU, perhaps Mark Pope could reign him in and help him find consistency.
Likelihood to land at BYU. Medium. I would have said closer to high a couple weeks ago, but BYU appears to be prioritizing point guards over spot up grad transfer shooters. Antonio was a high school teammate of Matt Haarms during high school in Kansas, so he does have that connection with BYU.
BYU has a good chance to get Antonio if they really pursue him, but we’ll see if that actually happens.
Cam Mack, Nebraska, RS JR
Mack was a productive player in the Big 12, averaging 12 points and 6.4 assists per game last season for the Cornhuskers. After playing one game and redshirting for Stephen F. Austin in 2017-2018, Mack went the JUCO route and played at SLCC the next season.
Mack is the most productive player on this list and has show the ability to produce as a point guard in a major conference.
Likelihood to transfer to BYU: Low. Mack has a connection to the state of Utah with his SLCC stint, but he has other high profile schools after him and doesn’t appear to have BYU towards the top of his list.