BYU getting graduate transfer Averette from UVU

Oklahoma State guard Brandon Averette (0) splits a pair of Kansas State defenders during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Averette, who later transferred to Utah Valley University, is now headed for BYU. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

BYU basketball is adding yet another transfer to its 2020-21 roster. On Friday, coach Mark Pope announced the transfer of guard Brandon Averette from Utah Valley to the Cougar program.

Averette plans to graduate from Utah Valley this summer and will be immediately available to play next season.

“Brandon Averette is one of the most explosive, cat-quick, clever playmakers in college basketball,” 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.”

BYU will be the third stop for Averette, who previously played at Oklahoma State (2016-18) before transferring to Utah Valley. Last season, the Texas native averaged 12.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while adding 27 steals and was named to the All-WAC Newcomer Team.

Averette joins fellow graduate transfer Matt Haarms (Purdue), freshman Hunter Erickson (a returned missionary from Timpview High School) and junior college transfers Gideon George (New Mexico Junior College) and Spencer Johnson (Salt Lake Community College) as newcomers to the 2020-21 BYU men’s basketball roster. The Cougars have also signed Dallin Hall (Fremont High School), Richie Saunders (Wasatch Academy) and Tanner Toolson (Evergreen High School) from the class of 2020. They all plan to serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling at BYU.

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