BYU finally landed its first transfer this offseason as Milwaukee guard Te’Jon Lucas announced his commitment Wednesday afternoon. Now, BYU will likely add just one more transfer to put the final touches on next year’s roster. Alex Barcello’s decision is still looming, but I am optimistic he returns. Since BYU has landed a guard the target list for coaches has narrowed.
Both Gach; G/F, Minnesota
Gach is BYU’s top target. He’s a long, athletic 6-foot-6 wing who played two seasons at Utah before playing at Minnesota last season. Gach averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in his lone season at Minnesota. Gach scored in double digits in each of the first 6 games but fell out of the rotation as the season went on. As a sophomore at Utah, Gach averaged 10.7 points and was one of Utah’s top players. Gach has proven production at the Power 6 level, but his length and athleticism give him additional upside.
One source close to Gach’s recruitment told me that BYU coaches have had Zoom and Facetime calls with Gach everyday for over a week. BYU coaches recruited Gach when he transferred last offseason, so they already have a relationship with him. Another source close to the situation believes BYU is in Gach’s final three with Arizona State and Oregon State.
Gach would be a great addition for BYU and a likely starter. He was a junior this last season and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Dusan Mahorcic; C, Illinois State
BYU was heavily involved with Mahorcic but has backed off a bit the last week and prioritized Gach.
Mahorcic told me last week BYU was in his final four with Virginia Tech, Texas and Penn State, but he’s talked to additional schools since. He’s already pushed back his decision twice and seems to be hoping for a Texas offer, which hasn’t come yet to my knowledge.
Based in everything I know, BYU hopes to get Gach and then move forward with Baxter, Harward, Atiki, and Traore at the 5.
Mahorcic could still be an option and is a talented big. He averaged 10 points and 7.7 rebounds on 59% shooting last year for Illinois State after transferring from the JUCO ranks. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at his new school.
If BYU misses on these guys then coaches will recalibrate and go after a wing or a big.