June 13, 2024

Russian Star Egor Demin Commits to BYU

BYU has secured one of the most significant commitments in its program history with Real Madrid and Russian guard/forward Egor Demin announcing his commitment to the school. Demin, a top international prospect, measured 6-foot-9 in shoes last August, with a wingspan just under 7 feet. ESPN projects him as a lottery pick in the 2025 NBA Draft, with Jonathan Givony recently predicting him as a top 10 pick in a loaded draft class. Known for his versatility, Demin excels as both a passer and scorer, capable of playing point guard and wing positions. His talent was on full display recently in Berlin, where he led Real Madrid’s U18 team to an Adidas NGT championship, scoring 26 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing 6 assists, and adding 3 steals and 2 blocks in the finals.

Egor Demin, Russia, Combo Guard

Demin can realistically play positions 1-4 at BYU, though he’s expected to primarily play at the 2 or 3. He is anticipated to start and be utilized in various ways by coach Kevin Young. Demin’s ability to create in pick-and-roll situations or off the dribble, combined with his size, will create mismatch opportunities. His partnership with Dallin Hall could form the best passing duo in the Big 12, providing BYU with another player who performs point guard tasks with the size of a forward. Demin excels in transition, pushing the pace off turnovers or misses, putting significant pressure on defenses with his 6-foot-9 frame.

Beyond his on-court impact, Demin’s commitment signals Kevin Young’s serious intent to develop an NBA pipeline at BYU. Likely a one-and-done player, Demin’s presence shows that BYU can attract top prospects and compete financially through The Royal Blue Collective. His commitment indicates that BYU is an appealing place for NBA hopefuls.

Egor Demin, unlike previous top recruits such as Shawn Bradley, is not LDS and grew up in Russia. His profile as a top NBA prospect makes him arguably the biggest recruit in BYU basketball history and one of the most significant commitments in BYU sports overall.

 

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