BYU has yet to land a transfer, but plenty of talented players are still available. BYU has two vacant scholarships and the staff is prioritizing guards. Alex Barcello’s and Matt Haarms’ decisions are still up in the air, but they will not count against the 13-scholarship limit if they do return due to the NCAA’s waiver for returning seniors.
Below are the top guys BYU is currently pursuing.
Mike Nuga; Guard, Kent State
BYU is in the final three for Nuga along with UNLV and Wyoming. Nuga told Vanquish The Foe that he will make his final decision by Thursday. Nuga is a 6-foot-2 guard that averaged 17.8 points on 50% shooting from the floor, 38.5% from three, and 80.6% from the FT line last season as a senior. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals. Nuga played in only 13 games after suffering a knee injury. I spoke with Mike and he told me that he tore his ACL in early February and had surgery shortly after. He plans to be ready for the start of the season November 9, which would be approximately 9 months after his surgery.
My sense is that this is between BYU and UNLV — I would put BYU as a slight favorite at this point.
*UPDATE: Nuga committed to UNLV.
Jalen Coleman-Lands; Guard, Iowa State
Coleman-Lands will be at 7th-year senior this upcoming season (that’s not a typo). He’ll be going to his fourth school after stints at Illinois, DePaul and most recently Iowa State. The 6-foot-4 guard is a talented scorer who averaged 14.3 points on 43.5% shooting and 39.5% shooting for deep this past season at Iowa State. He’s averaged double-digit points in three seasons and at least 8 points in each of the five seasons he’s played (he redshirted another season).
BYU had a Zoom call with Coleman-Lands earlier this week and is one of the final schools in the mix for him.
Izaiah Brockington; Guard, Penn State
Brockington is a 6-foot-4 guard that is an uber athletic scorer. As a redshirt junior this past season he averaged 12.6 points on 43% shooting and 28% shooting from deep. Brockington does most of his damage around the basket and is a capable defender.
BYU has held a Zoom meeting with him but is in the mix with quite a few schools. I would put BYU’s chances as the lowest of the first three guys on the list.
Taryn Todd; Guard, TCU
Todd averaged 4.5 points this season as a redshirt freshman. BYU reached out to Todd but interest at this point on BYU’s side is low.
Ryan Hawkins; Forward; Northwest Missouri State
Hawkins is a 6-foot-7 senior that is one of the best Division 2 players, averaging over 20 points on over 40% three-point shooting. He’ll have options but I don’t believe BYU will pursue here.
Davion Warren; Guard, Hampton
Warren averaged 21 points last year and was committed to Memphis for a couple weeks until Monday when he de-committed. He’ll have plenty of options and I don’t expect BYU to be heavily in the mix.