Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope claps and cheers for his team as BYU and Pepperdine play in semifinal West Coast Conference tournament basketball action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, March 8, 2021. With the signing of 6-foot-7 wing player Seneca Knight from LSU/San Jose State on Monday, Pope finished his roster for the coming season. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
BYU coach Mark Pope finished roster with signing of LSU transfer Seneca Knight
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With the signing of 6-foot-7 wing player Seneca Knight from LSU/San Jose State on Monday, basketball coach Mark Pope finished his roster for the coming season.
You can read about Knight and his journey in this piece from Ryan McDonald. Joining guard Te’jon Lucas from Milwaukee, Pope has filled out his roster with three very athletic guards if you count the return of point guard and captain Alex Barcello. Jeff Call delves deeper into Knight’s story in this feature.
What this means is the Cougars will have experienced depth to begin the upcoming season. Pope will have multiple choices for lineups and combinations and the Cougars will have a far better defensive and rebounding team if center/forward Gavin Baxter can return by the time the season kicks off. The additions also make this one of the most diverse teams BYU has ever put on the court with three players from the African countries of Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Cougar Insider’s predictions
Here is the question of the week: Mark Pope appears to have finished his roster for this coming basketball season. What do the new faces mean generally and what kind of team the Cougars will put on the court?
Jay Drew: Mark Pope and his staff have missed on a couple of transfers this offseason, but all that should be forgotten now that they have landed Seneca Knight, the transfer from LSU. Pope has worked his magic once again. I’ve followed Knight since his days in the Mountain West at San Jose State, and I have always been impressed with his ability to score. He’s just what the Cougars needed.
BYU will put one of its most talented, most athletic teams in recent memory on the floor this season. On paper, it appears to be another NCAA Tournament team, led by Alex Barcello, of course.
It kind of makes one wonder how long BYU can keep Pope in Provo. He has proven to be an excellent recruiter. Of course, his assistants deserve a lot of credit as well.
Dick Harmon: Two years ago Mark Pope did something I doubted anyone could do: get Yoeli Childs to return for his senior year. Then he did it again this spring with Alex Barcello. That is impressive. He went 2 for 2 in getting the best player and producer to return for another season.
Then, according to reports this winter/spring we learned that transfer portal targets …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News
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