After missing out on guards Mac McClung and Daivien Williamson, BYU is back in the transfer portal once again to add to next season’s roster. Coaches continue to peruse the portal daily in looking for help to next season’s roster and beyond.
Below are some of the current targets BYU is looking at.
Brandon Averette, Utah Valley
The latest and likely new number target is UVU point guard Brandon Averette. Averette put his name in the portal on Monday and will have multiple suitors after him. Averette played his first two seasons at Oklahoma State, averaging over 5 ppg in each of those seasons, before sitting out the 2018-2019 season after transferring to UVU. Averette was recruited to UVU by the current BYU coaching staff and was with them for a year while he sat out. He played this past season as a redshirt junior under Mark Madsen and was named to the WAC newcomer team after averaging 12.8 ppg and 3 assists on 45.8% shooting.
BYU is one the favorites to land the 5-foot-11 graduate transfer due to their existing relationship. Look for Brandon to have a number of suitors — particularly in the Big 12 and AAC country — since he is from Texas, performed in the Big 12 and is coming off a productive season.
Averette’s ball handling, playmaking and scoring ability would be a big boost for next year’s team.
Isaiah Washington, Iona
Washington is another graduate transfer point guard who has a similar story to Averette. He had two productive seasons at Minnesota, redshirted a year when he transferred to Iona, and averaged 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds last year at Iona. BYU has been in touch with the Harlem, New York native but will likely prioritize Averette.
Like Mac McClung, Washington is a guy who is big on social media with his 612,000 Instagram followers. He co-founded and popularized Jelly Fam, a social media movement that emphasizes creative finger-roll layups.
Andrew Nembhard, Florida
The point guard transfer from Florida is the top transfer available in the portal. Coaches will likely reach out to Nembhard, but he has a number of high profile suitors already after him. With Averette available now, BYU will likely turn their focus to him and not use many resources trying to go after Nembhard.
Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard officially entered the transfer portal this morning, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 1, 2020
Gonzaga, Duke, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Memphis and Georgetown already reached out.
Who Else Will BYU Target?
Even if BYU were to add Averette or Washington, there is a good chance BYU will look to add one more scholarship player. Since both of those guys are graduate transfers with one year left to play, BYU will likely look for a sit-first point guard who can redshirt next season and then play for multiple years. BYU has no true point guards currently in the program, so a point guard of the future is a big need.
Another type of player BYU could target is a long, athletic wing. BYU has good size inside but not much length on the perimeter. BYU was targeting 6-foot-6 transfer Both Gach from Utah, but he recently released his top 5 without BYU in it.