BYU missed out on Penn State transfer Izaiah Brockington Wednesday, but coaches are still very active in the transfer portal to add a transfer guard or two to next season’s roster.
One of those is Florida Gulf Coast transfer Jalen Warren. After talking with multiple schools Warren told me that BYU is one of his final two schools along with UIC (University of Illinois Chicago), a school in the Horizon League.
Warren is a 6-foot-3 guard that averaged 12.3 points and 2.4 assists on 47% shooting from the floor and 32.3% shooting from three last season. The year before he averaged 11 points per game. Warren has spent the last two years at FGCU after transferring from the JUCO ranks. Warren is a senior and has one year of eligibility remaining.
Warren played a lot of point guard at FGCU and can play either guard spot. He’s been in touch with BYU for the past couple weeks after entering the portal in March. Warren likes what BYU has to offer and has a chance at immediate playing time.
“I’m excited to learn more about the school (BYU),” Warren told me. “Obviously the program has had a lot of success in recent years and I’m eager to learn more. BYU seems like a really good fit with there style of play and thing I like to do on the court.”
Warren hasn’t given a definitive timeline for his decision but said he expects to announce “sometime in the next week.”
BYU is going after multiple guards in the portal and Warren is one BYU has a good chance of adding if BYU coaches to decide they want to add him to the roster. Alex Barcello’s decision could play a role in if BYU adds Warren as well as interest in other guards BYU coaches are pursuing. Warren could very well end up at BYU but coaches may also decide to go in a different direction with other guards.
Below are some of Warren’s highlights, including the #1 play on SportsCenter where he made a game winner versus FAU.
#TBT - That time Jalen Warren scored the overtime game-winner highlighting a 21-point performance against FAU last year to be the No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN's SportsCenter.#WingsUp | #DunkCity pic.twitter.com/qOQHqnhgvj— FGCU Men's Hoops (@FGCU_MBB) April 23, 2020