Former Oklahoma State and UVU point guard Brandon Averette has committed to Mark Pope and the BYU Basketball team, he announced Friday evening.
I would like to thank God for putting the talents and the people in my life to help me grow and succeed. Thank you to my family, all my coaches, and teammates that have helped me to this point. I’m excited to announce that I will be playing my senior season at BYU. #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/qrCTAjXc0i
— Brandon Averette (@BAforever_4) June 13, 2020
Averette, a one-year starter at UVU under Head Coach Mark Madsen, originally joined the Wolverines after Pope and other members of the BYU Basketball coaching staff recruited the 5-11 guard from Oklahoma State before taking over at BYU. In his lone season in Orem, Averette started all 30 games and scored a career-high 12.8 points per game to along with 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds.
“Brandon Averette is one of the most explosive, cat-quick, clever playmakers in college basketball,” Coach Pope said. “We feel so blessed to have him join our locker room. He is universally beloved by his teammates for his competitive spirit and playmaking ability. It’s going to take about two seconds for Cougar fans to fall in love with his quiet charisma and winning charm.”
The UVU Transfer fills an immediate need for the Cougars as another ball-handler that Pope and the BYU Coaching Staff can pair alongside Senior Alex Barcello in the backcourt. Averette is a bit undersized at 5-11 but he has tremendous bounce and athleticism that more than makes up for his height on the court.
OH. MY. GOSH. 😱
— OSU Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) November 14, 2017
Averette joins a loaded BYU Basketball roster that is poised to make another run at the NCAA Tournament in March. Other new faces on this BYU Hoops roster include Matt Haarms, Caleb Lohner, Gideon George, Spencer Johnson, Hunter Erickson, Richard Harward, Wyatt Lowell and Jesse Wade. These players will join Alex Barcello, Connor Harding, Trevin Knell, Kolby Lee and Gavin Baxter from a season ago.
Averette will be an impact player for the Cougars in 2020 as a graduate transfer, eligible to play immediately.
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