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Previewing BYU Basketball’s 2020-2021 Roster

Year Two of the Mark Pope era will look different, but there are a lot of talented pieces to work with.

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With the recent signing of Brandon Averette and Caleb Lohner’s signing with BYU imminent, BYU’s 2020-2021 basketball roster looks set. Below we breakdown the 13 scholarship players and 4 walk-ons that are expected to be part of the program.

Scholarship Players

  1. Alex Barcello (SR)Barcello looks to be the leader of the team and will be one of the primary ball handlers along with Brandon Averette. Barcello averaged 9.3 ppg and was third in the entire country in three-point percentage, shooting a blistering 49.1%. Barcello is a “bulldog” as described by Mark Pope and will be asked to carry more of a play-making role in addition to the energy he brings every night.
  2. Matt Haarms (RS SR)It’s been nearly two months since Haarms committed to BYU, but Haarms potential impact shouldn’t be forgotten. The 7-foot-3 big man is arguably the best rim protector in the nation and has range out to the three-point line. Haarms will have a massive impact on the defensive end and will be a big part of the offense as he works to establish himself as a NBA draft pick.
  3. Brandon Averette (RS SR) — The UVU transfer and former Oklahoma State guard is the quickest player on BYU’s team and can make a big difference on both ends of the court. 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.
  4. Richard Harward (RS JR) — The 6-foot-11 bruiser is possibly the most underrated player on BYU’s roster. Harward is great complement to BYU’s other bigs and isn’t afraid of contact. Harward may not be talked about as much as other guys on BYU’s roster, but don’t be surprised if he is an All-WCC player in the next two years.
  5. Gavin Baxter (JR)Baxter is the most athletic player on BYU’s team and is a potential starter if he stays healthy. At 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and over 40-inch vertical jump, Baxter is a game changer if healthy.
  6. Connor Harding (JR) Harding is one of the lone holdovers from the Dave Rose era and was one of the most versatile players last season. Harding guarded positions 1-4 and shot over 40% from deep. He’ll have a lot of guys to compete with, but he could be a breakout candidate and be one of the focal points for BYU.
  7. Gideon George (RS JR) — Originally from Nigeria, the JUCO transfer is a long, athletic wing that will bring versatility to BYU’s lineup. George is 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan that has the versatility to play the 2-4 positions. George will be one of the wildcards on the team, but his athleticism could find him a regular place in the rotation.
  8. Kolby Lee (RS JR) Lee was probably the most pleasant surprise of the season and developed into a quality big man. He more than held in his own in the post when BYU was without Yoeli Childs and helped spark some big wins. He averaged 7 ppg and shot an impressive 62.5% from the field. BYU has a lot of bodies down low, but Lee has proven he can be effective.
  9. Wyatt Lowell (RS SO) — The second UVU big man transfer, the 6-foot-10 2019 WAC Freshman of the year is a completely different big man than Harward. Lowell is a stretch big man — he shot 37.6% from three as a freshman — who could play any position between 3-5 depending on the lineup BYU goes with. Lowell could start next year and brings a lot of versatility in his offensive game.
  10. Trevin Knell (SO) — Knell was part of the rotation in non-conference play, but fell off after Yoeli Childs’ return and a broken thumb early in WCC play. BYU needs dependable spot up shooters, and Knell fits that bill.
  11. Spencer Johnson (RS SO) — The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from SLCC was BYU’s first signee in the 2020 class. Johnson averaged 13.2 ppg, 5 rpg and shot 49% from the floor and 37% from three this past season.
  12. Caleb Lohner (FR) — Lohner isn’t officially part of BYU’s roster as of this publishing, but his signing with BYU is imminent after Utah released him from his NLI on Monday. Lohner already has a college-ready body and be a huge piece for the BYU program this year and beyond. Expect him to see major minutes at the 3 and potentially play the 4 in small-ball lineups.
  13. Hunter Erickson (FR) — A member of the 2018 recruiting class, Erickson is home from his mission and enrolled for summer term. Erickson has a lot of guys ahead of him, but he is uber-athletic and will be a good piece for the program down the road.

Walk-ons

  1. Jesse Wade (RS JR)Wade is expected to walk-on this season to make room for the newcomers to the program. He’s had lingering knee issues which caused him to miss all of last season. If Wade can stay healthy, he should find himself a scholarship next season with BYU or another school.
  2. Cameron Pearson (RS SO) — Pearson played in 13 games last season.
  3. Townsend Tripple (FR) — Tripple is a 6-foot-8 forward from Idaho. Tripple earned first team all-state honors and shot 42% from three as a high school senior last year.
  4. Brandon Warr (SR, must redshirt this season) — Warr is a transfer from Westminster College. A 6-foot-5 guard, Warr was a 3-year starter and All-League player. He averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game last season. Warr must redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules.