Former UNLV forward Jamal Aytes transfers to BYU


It didn’t take very long for former UNLV forward Jamal Aytes to pick a new school, as BYU announced on Friday that the San Diego native has decided to transfer to the WCC program. Aytes originally picked UNLV over BYU in the summer, with the Runnin’ Rebels landing a player whose stock rose during the spring/summer months.

But Aytes saw minimal playing time at UNLV, resulting in his decision to transfer after completing the fall semester. The 6-foot-6 Aytes will officially join the program at the start of the spring semester according to BYU.

“Jamal will be a great addition to our program,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said in the release. “We’re excited to have him on our team. He’s an excellent low-post scorer and will have a positive impact on our front line.”

Adding Aytes to the program will help BYU from a depth standpoint when he’s eligible to play in games at the end of the fall semester next year. BYU loses Eric Mika, who will begin his two-year LDS mission at the completion of the 2013-14 campaign, and 2014 commitment Payton Dastrup will also begin his mission in 2014.

With that being the case junior Nate Austin will be BYU’s most productive front court returnee next season, as he’s currently averaging 4.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.