(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball coach Dave Rose announced today that freshman forward Jamal Aytes has committed to transfer to BYU from UNLV. Aytes, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward, is a native of San Diego, Calif.
“Jamal will be a great addition to our program,” Rose said. “We’re excited about his commitment to join our program. He’s an excellent low-post scorer and will have a positive impact on our front line.”
“I’m looking forward to being a part of BYU basketball,” Aytes said. “I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff and I think I’ll fit in really well. This is where I want to finish my college career.”
Aytes played in four games for UNLV this season. His best game came against UC Santa Barbara when he scored 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting and added two rebounds and one steal. Aytes averaged 2.8 points in 9.3 minutes per game.
Prior to UNLV, Aytes prepped at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where he played for legendary coach Joedy Gardner. As a senior he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds and was named to the All-CIF Southern Division 4AA Team. ESPN.com ranked Aytes No. 66 nationally among power forwards in the class of 2013.
During the AAU season, Aytes played for the Dream Vision. Under the guidance of coach Clayton Williams, Aytes had a strong 2013 spring season that included earning MVP honors at the adidas Exclusive Run.