Elijah Bryant was one of the nation’s best kept secrets in college basketball last year. Part of that had to do with the fact that he played for the Elon Phoenix, who aren’t exactly known for being a basketball powerhouse. Following the season, Bryant made it clear that he planned to transfer and pursue his career at another school.
According to a report from CollegeBasketballTalk.com, the 6-foot-4 guard has decided to take his talents to the BYU Cougars.
BYU is in need of some fresh talent, and this is a very big pickup for them.
Bryant will have to sit out the entire 2015-16 season, but will be back in 2016-17 with a chip on his shoulder to prove exactly how much value he has. During the 2014-15 season with Elon, Bryant was able to average 14.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
His shooting could use some work in the consistency category, as he ended up knocking down just 38.2 percent of his shots overall and 34.9 percent from behind the three-point arc. There were some games where he flashed his full potential, including a 32-point and seven rebound performance on January 3rd on the road against Drexel.
If he can improve his shooting consistency, his game will be complete and he will be ready to become a big difference maker.
That being said, it will be interesting to see what BYU is able to do with their basketball program over the next few seasons. They are still a very intriguing destination, and are obviously expecting Bryant to be a big piece of their puzzle moving forward.
Expect to see Bryant step in next season and be a big difference maker for the Cougars. It will likely take him a year or two to become the star that he is capable of being, but he was named the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year for a reason. There is plenty of talent for him to continue working for, and his future is extremely bright following this transfer.
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