Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Brigham Young Cougars guard Matt Carlino (2) celebrates during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the Oregon Ducks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Basketball: Matt Carlino to transfer for his senior year

The Matty Basketball era at BYU is officially done.

Today, BYU announced that Matt Carlino will transfer for his senior season.  Carlino, who will be eligible immediately as a fifth year senior, can transfer anywhere and play right away.

The news of Carlino’s transfer will come with mixed reviews.  Many people will feel this is a huge loss, and many others will ask, why didn’t Carlino do this sooner?  At the end of the day, this is a big loss to BYU next season.

Instantly it’s a major concern in my opinion if Kyle Collinsworth isn’t ready to go after the six to eight month recovery timetable that doctors have set for him to come back from his ACL injury.  If K.C. isn’t ready, Jordan Chatman you’re the next contestant on the BYU Basketball point guard shuffle.

Prior to the Carlino news, Dave Rose and staff were facing a scholarship crunch.  They were one scholarship over the allotted 13 scholarships.  With Carlino gone, that is no longer a problem.  But Rose and crew still need to make some tweaks to this roster.  Get more talent on this team, especially in the front court.

Say what you will about Carlino but he was BYU’s best ball handler.  He was BYU’s best passer.  That’s a big loss. Collinsworth was the starter of those losses at Pacific and at Portland.  Not a flawless team by any stretch with K.C. manning the point.  He will be better if healthy next season. But he needs to get better in his ball handling to make BYU a WCC title contender.

Rose is holding his exit interviews this week.  We will learn a lot more about the personnel on next year’s roster after this weekends Final Four.

Assuming Carlino ends up at a D-1 school, this will be the third program Carlino has signed with. Originally signed with UCLA, transferred to BYU, now leaving the Cougars.  Not to mention Carlino had a commitment to Indiana in high school.

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  • nafsder

    Sad to see him go. BYU was at their best when Carlino had it going but too often he was misfiring. BYU needs a real point guard that knows how to manage a game and make others better. There is nobody like that on next years team unless it’s Chatman. I’m not that familiar with his game but he will be the only possibility. Hopefully Fischer is what everybody says he is and that will fill the shooting void created by the departure of Carlino. If Fischer can shoot and Chatman can run the show then Carlino probably wont be missed. If either of those guys can’t fill those rolls it will be a very tough year. It would help if KC could be back at full strength but I’m not counting on that. I think best case scenario is that KC is rounding into shape by WCC and it’s best if they don’t rush him.

    • Jared Oldham

      While I loved seeing his breakout games where he was lights out and confident. I will not miss his streakiness. It took a long time for me to give up on him. Yes he handles the ball better than Collinsworth but his inability to realize that when he is cold he needs to make much better shot chioces and settle for being a distributor. Any gains he has on turnovers vs Kyle he loses in ill advised forced shots.

      Rose made the right call to bring him off the bench if he was on great let him go do his thing if not pull him. His stats improved during that time. I am sad he wont be the backup having him as a potential spark off the bench was nice. I wish him the best. As for depth sadly I say cut someone like Sharpe a senior who does not fit the team well and pickup a jc backup who can provide valuable breaks and distribution when Kyle sits.