BYU Basketball Transfer Targets Mike Saunders Jr and Alfonso Plummer will both make their transfer decisions this week. BYU has mainly been pursuing guards this transfer cycle and either player would be a big addition to next year’s roster
Mike Saunders Jr., Cincinnati
Saunders will announce his destination tomorrow (Thursday). BYU has been recruiting him the hardest since he entered the transfer portal nearly a month ago and is in a good spot. UNLV was in the mix as one of the top schools but they have since tapered off. The other big school making a push for Saunders is Wichita State. Sources close to Saunders recruitment have told me that Wichita State has made a big push and is a real threat to land Saunders. Saunders told KSL Sports Mitch Harper that Depaul is another school in the mix. Cincinnati is a wild card as well if Saunders decides to return to the Bearcats after they fired their head coach.
Based on everything I know it seems like this is down to BYU and Wichita State. Saunders has a great relationship with Mark Pope and Caleb Lohner and would have a chance to be close to his alma mater Wasatch Academy. If I had to choose I predict he goes to BYU but I will not be surprised if Wichita State is the school.
4/15 UPDATE: Saunders says on his Instagram story that he will not announce today. This is likely due to Cincinnati hiring a new coach on 4/14.
Mike Saunders jr says on his IG that he won’t be committing today pic.twitter.com/6lVgOAqEWv— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) April 15, 2021
Alfonso Plummer, Utah
The high-scoring guard for Utah will announce his decision this weekend.
I’m announcing my next step this weekend!!! Stay tuned— Plummer (@AlfonsoPlummer9) April 14, 2021
BYU has been in contact with Plummer since he entered the portal and is reportedly one of 6 finalists along with Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Georgia and Marquette, according to illiniguys.com.
Plummer would be a great addition for BYU, but I have BYU’s odds as slim and would be surprised if Plummer chooses to come to Provo. My guess is that Plummer chooses Illinois.
4/15 UPDATE: Plummer announced he will make his decision on Saturday and has BYU in his top 5.