BYU Basketball’s quest to find a transfer guard forges on and the latest target is Penn State guard Izaiah Brockington. BYU is in the final four for Brockington along with Arkansas, Wake Forest and Iowa State.
Penn State transfer Izaiah Brockington tells me that he has cut his list to Arkansas, BYU, Iowa State, and Wake Forest.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 4, 2021
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 attacking the basket and is a capable defender. Brockington started his career at St Bonaventure before transferring to Penn State and playing the last two season there.
BYU is firmly in the running and players are even recruiting Brockington. BYU seniors Alex Barcello and Matt Haarms followed Brockington on Instagram last week and Brockington followed them back. Gideon George and Richard Harward followed him yesterday, so coaches and players are putting on the fullcourt press to land him.
Brockington would fill a major need for BYU. BYU really needs 1) a guard that can create his own shot and 2) a bigger guard on the defensive end. Brockington would fill both of those needs. UCLA’s guard line exposed BYU’s lack of size in the backcourt and Brockington would help shore that up. He averaged over 12 points in the Big 10, so averaging 15+ points in the WCC is not a stretch.
As far as my prediction I wouldn’t put BYU as the favorite, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he chooses BYU. Wake Forest made a strong impression from the jump and they are a strong contender. Arkansas has become a transfer haven with Eric Musselman as head coach and they are coming off an elite 8 appearance, so they are always one to count on. BYU does have a lot to offer — Brockington would start at the two guard and would be one of the top two scoring options with Alex Barcello, assuming AB returns.
I expect Brockington to announce his decision this week. You watch highlights from Brockington below.