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BYU lands graduate transfer L.J. Rose, per report

Houston guard L.J. Rose has decided that he will use his last year of eligibility on playing basketball for BYU. Could he see significant playing time.

BYU landed a much needed piece to its 2016-17 basketball roster as Houston guard L.J. Rose is transferring to the other Cougars program, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Rose has been targeting BYU as a potential destination for his final year of eligibility and after rescheduling his visit to this week he pulled the trigger, and being that he has his degree he can play right away for the Cougar program.

Rose has a connection to BYU as head coach Dave Rose was teammates to L.J.’s father, Lynden, who was part of Phi Slama Jama and played at Houston and a teammate of Dave Rose.

This will be the third school for Rose to attend as he began his basketball career at Baylor where he played one year before moving closer to home with Houston. Rose is looking for one final fresh start with BYU and if is possible that Rose could see significant time, if not start, this next year. The Cougars lost guard Jordan Chatman to transfer and that guard position was one of the thinnest for BYU.

There are some concerns with Rose as he has has broken the same foot three times and he only played in two games last year and the year prior just 19 games. In Houston, we has their starting guard as he started all 19 of those games in the 2014-15 year and started 25 of 28 games the year prior. He averaged nearly 10 points per game, 5.5 assists and was a 40 percent shooter from three-point range when he was healthy during the 2013-14 season.

The big question surrounds Rose’s health and if that holds up then he should be able to contribute right away.

Here is Houston coach Kelvin Sampson giving his thoughts on Rose while he was with the Cougars program.


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