We did Big Board 5.0 almost two weeks ago right after Te’Jon Lucas committed and there have been some changes since then. The main change is that big man Dusan Mahorcic from Illinois State is off the board after BYU started recruiting him about a month ago.
Mahorcic’s final three are Texas, Utah and Clemson. BYU coaches were heavily in the mix after Matt Haarms announced he was leaving, but interest from both sides has waned the last couple weeks. Mahorcic pushed back his decision date multiple times, mainly to see if he could get a Texas offer. BYU was put off a bit by that and pulled back their recruiting efforts. I talked to Mahorcic on quite a few occasions and he loved the coaches, but he really likes Texas and the honor code gave him some pause. Texas is the heavy favorite here if they do indeed offer him.
BYU has at least one scholarship available after Lucas’ signing but I believe coaches would make room for two additional players if there are two guys they really want.
With the NCAA recruiting dead period ending today, players can now visit campuses for official and unofficial visits.
Below are some of the guys that BYU is currently targeting.
Both Gach; G/F, Minnesota
Gach is still towards the top of BYU’s big board and coaches have been talking to him for almost a month now. 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.
Coaches had multiple Facetime and Zoom calls with Gach and have a great relationship with him. Schools such as Arizona State, Oregon, San Diego State and others have also been on Gach. I don’t have a strong sense of where he is leaning right now, but I know he likes BYU coaches and Alex Barcello. With Barcello in the fold that will be key to watch if that is what swings Gach to Provo.
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.
Kevin Samuel; Center, TCU
Samuel entered the transfer portal last week and will have plenty of options to choose from. Samuel was a redshirt junior last season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining if he utilizes the free COVID year. Samuel has started 95 games for TCU in three seasons after redshirting his first year. An elite interior player, Samuel shot nearly 65% from the field and became TCU’s all-time leader in blocked shots with. He’s averaged 8.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in his career, including career highs of 10 ppg and 8.4 rpg as a sophomore.
Samuel’s Achilles Heel was his free throw shooting: just 39.8% for his career. But he was dominant defensively (1.7 blocks and a steal per game), and caused matchup problems for Big 12 teams down low. When he was on his A game, he rebounded at an elite rate, and could dominate a game from the glass.
Barra Njie; Guard, Sweden
Njie isn’t a transfer, but an international prospect from Sweden. Originally a member of the 2020 recruiting class, Njie played a few seasons at St Benedict’s Prep Academy in New Jersey during high school before graduating and playing his home country of Sweden this year. Njie had offers from Coastal Carolina and St Peter’s out of high school but his recruitment has picked up steam this year.
Njie is a 6-foot-3 point guard with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. BYU has recruited Njie and he also reports offers from Utah, St. Josephs, St. Johns, Purdue and others. However, the likeliest destination for Njie may be the professional route. Njie recently told a Swedish site (which I had to translate into English) that he is more inclined to turn pro but that he is still 50/50. His parents want him to go to college.
Njie would be a rotational player for BYU this season and potential point guard of the future after Barcello and Lucas graduate. At this point I would guess that Njie turns pro. I’ve reached out to Njie and will update this as I hear more.
You can watch highlights from Njie below.