BYU is putting the final touches on its 2021-2022 roster. Coaches will likely add only one more scholarship player — likely from the transfer portal — to round out the roster.
Transfers have until July 1 to enter the transfer portal and be immediately eligible to play next season, so we’ve seen an uptick of players enter the portal the last week and will see more in the next day.
Below are some of the guys that BYU coaches are pursuing.
Seneca Knight; G/F, San Jose State and LSU
I believe that Seneca Knight is BYU’s top target. He is a 6-7 guard/wing that was Third-Team All-MWC during the 2019-2020 season for San Jose State. Knight played in only four games this past season before withdrawing due to COVID concerns and transferring to LSU. Knight never played for LSU and entered the portal once again last week.
I spoke with Knight and he has been in touch with BYU, mainly with assistants Cody Fueger and Nick Robinson. Coaches have been fairly aggressive with their pursuit of him so far.
Knight was one of the MWC’s top scorers two seasons ago, averaging 17.1 ppg, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Knight shot 40% from the field, 29% from three and 77% from the foul line. He had three games with over 30 points, including a career high 37 points. A big body on the perimeter, Knight does a great job attacking and getting to the free throw. KenPom ranked him in the top 40 nationally for fouls drawn per 40 minutes.
Knight told me that he wants to make his decision fairly quickly and plans to trim his list down sometime next week. BYU has a lot to offer Knight. Knight has the ability to shoot the three ball, but he has been inconsistent. Mark Pope’s system is shooter friendly and Knight would not be asked to do nearly as much for BYU, which would likely increase his consistency.
Knight would play the 2 and 3 spots and BYU and could occasionally play the four with his size. He may not start immediately at BYU, but he would be a major factor in the rotation and one of BYU’s top options. Knight will a junior and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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San Jose State
**2 Years of Eligibility Remaining**
17 PPG | 6 RPG | 2 APG | 41 FG%@sen_13_ #transfertapes #transferportal pic.twitter.com/vrMeiKWWbO
— Transfer Tapes (@TransferTapes) June 28, 2021
Amari McCray; F/C, Portland State
McCray announced yesterday that BYU is in his final five along with Texas Tech, Clemson, Penn State and Grambling State. BYU has talked with McCray, but I will be shocked if he picks BYU. BYU hasn’t pursued him as hard as other schools, and Texas Tech is the favorite since new assistant Barrett Peery recruited and coached him at Portland State. Grambling State could be one to watch to as they are close to home and would likely offer the most playing time.
Yuat Alok; C, Coppin State
Alot recently entered the portal and BYU reached out to the big man.
Coppin State transfer Yuat Alok tells me he’s been in touch with the following programs since entering the portal.
New Mexico State
Averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds for Coppin State this season.
— Sean Paul (@Sean02MTM) June 29, 2021
Alok has one year of eligibility remaining and has had a long journey. He was the #3 JUCO prospect in the 2018 class and a 4-star recruit. He committed to TCU where he played just half a season before transferring. He then transferred to UCF and SUU but didn’t play at either spot. He transferred to Coppin State last year and became eligible in January and had a nice season.
Alok is an athletic 6-foot-11, 225 pounds big man that still has some upside. I expect BYU to prioritize Seneca Knight, but Alok is a guy to keep an eye one.
KC Ndefo; F, St. Peter’s
Ndefo is an insanely athletic 6-foot-7 forward that led the nation in shot blocks with over 3.5 per game. He is one of the top defenders in the nation and averaged over 13 ppg, but has really no outside shot. BYU talked to Ndefo, but like many teams decided to not pursue heavily.
Rick Issanza; C, Oklahoma
Issanza didn’t play much at Oklahoma in two seasons (one of them a redshirt), but he is 7-foot-1, 245 pounds and already has a NBA body. BYU reached out but I don’t expect anything more to come from this.