One day after it was reported that last season’s CAA Rookie of the Year was transferring to the school, BYU landed its third commitment in the Class of 2016.
6-foot-6 guard/forward Connor Harding verbally committed to Dave Rose’s program, with the Utah Prospects grassroots program announcing the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Harding, who played alongside of the top players in the class in Frank Jackson with the Prospects, joins Steven Beo and Gavin Baxter as players who have committed to BYU.
However Harding will not be joining the Cougars immediately, as the Pocatello, Idaho native will take his two-year LDS mission prior to enrolling. Harding joins Baxter as members of BYU’s 2016 recruiting class who will take their mission beforehand, meaning that they won’t actually join the program until 2018. At the time of his commitment to BYU in the spring, Beo told KSL.com that he had no plans of going on a mission before enrolling at BYU.
As a junior at Highland HS in Pocatello, Harding averaged 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and helped lead his team to the Class 5A state title game. Harding has the skill to play either wing position, and in 2018 he’ll join a roster that in all likelihood will include the likes of guards Nick Emery and T.J. Haws and forwards Eric Mika (who played as a freshman in 2013-14 before going on his LDS mission) and Payton Dastrup.