BYU received a setback this weekend as the team announced that sophomore forward and UNLV transfer Jamal Aytes will miss three months recovering from ankle surgery. The news was reported by Darnell Dickson of the Daily Herald.
Losing the 6-foot-6 Aytes for a few months definitely doesn’t help the Cougars. Although the former Runnin’ Rebel, would have sat out until mid-December due to NCAA transfer restrictions, now Aytes can’t practice with the team before his scheduled return and he’s likely to miss some game action, as well.
“He’s had a sprained ankle for quite a while,” BYU coach Dave Rose said in Dickson’s report. “There were two outcomes that could happen as a result of the surgery: One would be about a two or three week process and one would be two or three months. It was pretty sad news. He’s going to be non-weight bearing for three months. You feel so bad for the payer because he’s waited to play for us.”
The loss of Aytes for a few months limits BYU’s depth for the upcoming season and puts more pressure on junior wing Kyle Collinsworth and sophomore center Luke Worthington to perform this season. BYU already lost center Eric Mika to his two-year Mormon mission and this just puts more pressure on Rose’s front court this season.