BYU basketball: Previewing the Cougars’ backcourt

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Elijah Bryant

Bryant was arguably the best ball handler on the team last season, but due to NCAA transfer rules, he wasn’t eligible to play.

Bryant transferred from Elon after the 2014-15 season. He averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman and was named the Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

Last season during practice he was adept at getting to the basket and finishing. He wasn’t a great defender, but his size (6-foot-5) really helped him. He’s also a competent three-point shooter.

I imagine that Bryant will be a starter for BYU basketball this season. Even if the Cougars only go with a three-guard lineup it’s hard to imagine Bryant won’t be one of those guys.

Bryant has had a full year to learn BYU’s system and there were times last season when BYU could’ve really used his athleticism and ball handling. I would expect him to be the primary backup point guard, but he’s talented enough to play well off the ball.