BYU added a commitment from a high school senior this week, but the Cougars won’t be seeing him on campus until 2019.
Kolby Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward from Idaho, pledged to BYU on Monday evening, but won’t suit up until after serving a two-year mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints, according to the Deseret News.
“I had a great feeling about BYU, and I prayed about it,” Lee told the paper. “I just feel like it’s the right fit for me. It just seems right. It feels right.”
Lee chose BYU over offers from Utah State, Boise State and UC Davis. He was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and three by Scout.
His decision to forego immediately joining BYU certainly isn’t a new wrinkle for the Cougars, who routinely see their players either delay their initial eligibility or pause it mid-career while serving on missions.
His commitment came more than a month ago, but L.J. Rose’s transfer to BYU became official Tuesday.
The former Houston guard was officially announced as an immediately-eligible graduate transfer by BYU on Tuesday. He’ll bring much needed help to a Cougars backcourt that lost Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer to graduation and Jordan Chatman and Jack Toolson to transfers.
“L.J. will add great experience and talent to our guard line,” BYU coach Dave Rose said in a statement released by BYU. “We’re excited about the leadership he will bring on the court and in the locker room. He will make us a deeper and more versatile team.”
As a junior, L.J. Rose averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 assists, but a foot injury limited him to just two games last season and allowed him to receive a medical redshirt and the opportunity to be a graduate transfer for his final collegiate season. He’ll be a big part of BYU’s attempt to build on last year’s 26-11 season as a former top-100 recruit, who began his career at Baylor, on a team in need of an infusion of talent after absorbing the losses from last year’s roster.
His father, Lynden, Sr., was a teammate of BYU coach Dave Rose at Houston during the program’s Phi Slama Jama era.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The University of Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State will play in a December basketball tournament called the Beehive Classic starting this season and running through 2019. The event will be held at the home of the Utah Jazz.
Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, the ownership branch of the Jazz and Vivint Smart Home Arena, announced the tournament Thursday.
It will feature one night of two games each year with every team playing the other two over the span of three years.
BYU will play Weber State and Utah State faces Utah on Dec. 9, 2017. On Dec. 8, 2018, it’s Utah State vs. Weber State followed by Utah vs. BYU. On Dec. 14, 2019, it’s Weber State vs. Utah and BYU vs. Utah State.
BYU bolstered its suddenly thin backcourt Wednesday night.
The Cougars received a commitment from Houston graduate transfer L.J. Rose, according to reports.
Rose averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a junior in 2014-15 before a foot injury limited him to limited him to just two games last season. His addition in Provo is certainly welcome after the Cougars lost Jordan Chatman last week to a transfer, which followed guard Jake Toolson also transferring.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rose, who began his career at Baylor before transferring to Houston, will certainly give the Cougars another option in the backcourt as they look to build on last year’s 26-11 campaign after the graduation of guards Kyle Collinsworth and Chase Fischer. The defections of Chatman and Toolson severely limited coach Dave Rose’s depth in the backcourt, but adding a graduate transfer of Rose’s caliber – he was once a top-100 recruit – is simply a major move considering June is already nearly half over.
Less than 24 hours after BYU guard Nick Emery was ejected from the Cougars’ 83-75 loss to rival Utah for striking Brandon Taylor underneath the basket, the West Coast Conference issued a public reprimand.
With Emery’s ejection, which was for a flagrant 2 “fighting” foul, comes a mandatory one-game suspension meaning that he will miss the Cougars’ game against Weber State this weekend. The WCC did not announce any further punishment for Emery, which means that he will only miss the one game.
Emery apologized to Taylor, the Utah program and both fan bases for his actions in the press release.
“I apologize to Brandon Taylor for the incident that happened in the game last night,” Emery said. “He’s a great competitor and I got caught up in the intensity of the game and let my emotions get the best of me. I also want to apologize to Coach Krystkowiak, his team, the fans of both schools, and my teammates and coaches.
“I regret what happened and will definitely learn from this experience. I’ll continue to play with passion to help our team but will do better in representing myself, the team and BYU.”
With Emery out of the rotation BYU will have a spot in its starting lineup to fill, with sophomore guard Jake Toolson being the most likely option. Toolson scored six points Wednesday night, shooting 3-for-5 from the field in 24 minutes of action.
Rivalry games can get a bit heated at times, with the dislike amping up the intensity between the two teams. But what occurred during the second half of Utah’s 83-75 win over in-state rival BYU went beyond that, as can be seen in the video clip above.
BYU guard Nick Emery would be ejected from the game after he hit Utah’s Brandon Taylor underneath the BYU basket. Following the game BYU head coach Dave Rose said that Emery told him that he was hit with a forearm by Taylor before retaliating.
With that Rose asked the officials to review the entire sequence, and after doing so they ruled that Taylor had done nothing wrong. Now the question is if Emery will miss more time, and just how long will he be sidelined for if the powers that be decide to suspend him. The Cougars return to action Friday when they host another in-state foe in Weber State.
Video credit: ESPN