Earlier today coach Dave Rose announced that freshman forward Jamal Aytes has finished signing scholarship papers and will officially be joining the BYU basketball program. Due to transfer regulations, Aytes will most likely not be eligible to play for the Cougars until after the completion of the Fall 2014 semester at BYU.
Aytes is a 6'6" 230 pound forward who is a native of of San Diego, California. Aytes was recruited out of JSerra Catholic High School in Southern California, where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. ESPN.com ranked Aytes as the number 66 power forward in the nation in the 2013 recruiting class. BYU had their eye on Aytes over the summer, offering him a scholarship before he ultimately chose to sign with UNLV.
Aytes mentioned playing time as a factor in his decision to transfer to BYU, saying: " I have enjoyed my time at UNLV, but transferring gives me a better opportunity for playing time sooner in my career."
Playing in four games this season at UNLV, Aytes scored 11 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. The addition of Aytes to an already promising roster at BYU should give Cougar fans even more optimism in BYU's potential in the coming seasons.