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BYU basketball: Utah Valley grad transfer Brandon Averette commits to BYU

Another big pickup for next season’s team.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 07 Big 12 Championship - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

BYU added another impact player to next season’s roster as UVU graduate transfer and former Oklahoma State player Brandon Averette announced his commitment Friday evening. Averette will be immediately eligible and has one season left to play.

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.

His signing is complete as BYU announced his addition a few minutes after his announcement.

“Brandon Averette is one of the most explosive, cat-quick, clever playmakers in college basketball,” BYU head coach Mark Pope said in a statement from the school. “We feel so blessed to have him join our locker room. He is universally beloved by his teammates for his competitive spirit and playmaking ability. It’s going to take about two seconds for Cougar fans to fall in love with his quiet charisma and winning charm.”

Averette is a 5-foot-11 guard who will bring additional ball handling and experience to BYU’s backcourt. He is very quick and has great leaping ability, as seen in this clip from his sophomore year at Oklahoma State.

Averette joins Alex Barcello as the two primarily ball handlers; Averette could start alongside Barcello, but will receive significant minutes whether or not he starts.

You can watch Brandon’s highlights from last season below.