BYU adds Aytes and Neilson to the roster

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball coach Dave Rose has added post players Jamal Aytes and Isaac Neilson to the roster.

Aytes, a transfer from UNLV, is a 6-foot-6, 230 pound forward from San Diego, Calif. He played four games as a freshman at UNLV this season and averaged 2.8 points in 9.3 minutes per game before transferring. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Aytes will not be eligible to play in games this season. He began practicing with the team today.

Neilson, a 6-foot-10 center from Mission Viejo, Calif., returned in December from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama. He originally signed with BYU in November 2010. Neilson will redshirt this season and work on strength and conditioning before participating in practice.

Jamal Aytes

6-6, 230, Forward
San Diego, Calif. / UNLV

  • Played for Joedy Gardner at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
  • As a senior, averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds
  • Named to the All-CIF Southern Division 4AA Team
  • Ranked No. 66 nationally among power forwards by ESPN.com in the class of 2013
  • Played AAU ball for the Dream Vision, coached by Clayton Williams
  • Named MVP at the adidas Exclusive Run
  • Played for UNLV in the fall of 2013 and averaged 2.8 points in 9.3 minutes

Isaac Neilson

6-10, Center
Mission Viejo, Calif. / Mission Viejo HS

  • Played for Troy Roelen at Mission Viejo
  • As a senior averaged 15.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks while Mission Viejo finished 29-3 overall and 7-1 in league play
  • Posted season highs of 29 points, 25 rebounds and 11 blocks
  • Named MaxPreps All-State Division II Second Team, All-CIF Southern Section Team Division 2AA, Orange County Register All-County Team
  • Named MVP of the 2010 Diablo Inferno Tournament where he averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks
  • As a junior averaged 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks
  • Named first-team All-South Coast Conference
  • Served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama
  • Originally signed with BYU in November 2010