BYU Basketball: Are things coming together for Mark Pope?

Feb 19, 2022; Moraga, California, USA; Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope yells from the bench during the first half against the Saint Mary’s Gaels at University Credit Union Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past two weeks, BYU Basketball has added to players to the 2022-23 roster.

Just over two weeks ago Seneca Knight announced on Twitter that he was entering the transfer portal. This announcement at the time appeared to be a rock bottom for BYU Basketball. At the time that meant that the Cougars had four players in the portal, two graduates and no additions to the team.

Since then everything has changed.

It started with adding Rudi Williams, a transfer from Coastal Carolina. At first this transfer didn’t seem to make sense since he only has one year of eligibility left, however when looking at the current roster this move made a lot of sense. The senior guard will add a needed band-aid next season to help bring younger players like Trey Stewart and Dallin Hall up to speed as the Cougars enter the Big 12.

This past weekend, Braeden Moore announced that he will be signing and playing for BYU next season. While a true freshman, Moore at 6’8″ will be able to help out the frontcourt and give some needed rest to Fouse Traore and Atiki Ally-Atiki.

While this still isn’t the most ideal situation for BYU Basketball, it does appear that Mark Pope is preparing for the future. Moore appears to be a player that could be a three to four year contributor and Williams will give the younger players much needed leadership and minutes.

Going forward, it appears that BYU Basketball still needs two things; another frontcourt player and a true point guard with at least two years of eligibilityd. Yes, that is a lot to ask, but given what has happened the last two weeks, it could just happen.