Recapping the Wild Offseason for BYU Basketball
It's hard to recall a basketball offseason as exciting as this one for BYU basketball - good news continues to roll in. Let's pause and look back at all the things that have happened and continue to happen for BYU since BYU lost in the WCC tournament.
A few days before Matt Haarms committed to BYU as a graduate transfer, most people expected him to sign with Kentucky. Days later, however, BYU was rumored more and more as a viable option for Haarms' in his final season of eligibility. Finally, Haarms made national headlines when he committed to BYU as one of the top transfers in the country. His transfer even caught the attention of college basketball legend, Dick Vitale.
A few weeks after Haarms announced his intentions to transfer to BYU, the Cougars landed Dallin Hall. Hall was coming off a 6A state championship run where his fantastic performance caught the attention of Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
BYU continued to ride the momentum of Mark Pope's successful first season when they landed Tanner Toolson over their three rivals: Utah, Utah State, and Boise State.
It's impossible to talk about this offseason without addressing Mac McClung. McClung eventually announced his intentions to transfer to Texas Tech, but BYU made his final list of potential transfer destinations. There's no such thing as second place in recruiting, but BYU was making a very strong push for McClung. Mark Pope and staff made it clear that they would relentlessly pursue some of the biggest names in the transfer portal.
After months of pursuing players in the transfer portal, BYU landed graduate transfer Brandon Averette from UVU. Averette has the ability to contribute right away for BYU.
The Caleb Lohner saga continues as I write this article. News leaked last week that Lohner asked for a release from his NLI. Today, the University of Utah officially granted his request. All signs point to Lohner signing with BYU in the coming days.
Will the Lohner transfer be the end to a wildly succesful offseason for BYU basketball? It appears that Lohner will take the last available scholarship. However, the staff could get creative with scholarships. At this point, you can expect the staff will do everything in their power to improve the roster.
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