June 24, 2024

Rutgers forward Mawot Mag is making the move to BYU, marking another significant addition to Kevin Young’s growing roster. Young’s impact on BYU basketball has been substantial even before his first season officially begins. While the team secured several star guards, there was still a need for depth in the frontcourt. Despite a setback with 5-star recruit Joson Sanon, who opted for Arizona State due to admissions issues, Young’s staff has been actively recruiting to fill the remaining spots in Provo. Mag’s commitment to BYU on Sunday fills one of those spots, leaving just two remaining scholarships.

Mag was heavily pursued by San Diego State, known for its tough defensive players. His arrival is expected to strengthen BYU’s defense, a crucial aspect as they face formidable conference opponents like Houston and Iowa State, renowned for their defensive prowess.

Mag may not have eye-popping statistics, averaging around 9 points per game, but he has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top defenders during his tenure at Rutgers. With impressive averages of 0.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season, Mag’s defensive instincts and hustle are highly regarded. His defensive prowess is anticipated to pose challenges for Big 12 opponents.

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However, Mag’s impact isn’t limited to defense alone. Despite his modest scoring output, his offensive contributions should not be underestimated. His addition fills a crucial gap in BYU’s roster, allowing Young’s staff to focus on filling the remaining spots. With potential recruits like Berke Buyuctuncel from UCLA still available, the team’s depth continues to grow.

While retaining Jaxson Robinson would have been favorable, Young’s approach emphasizes moving forward. With incoming freshmen like Egor Demin, Elijah Crawford, and Brody Kozlowski, all highly touted prospects, BYU hopes to see immediate contributions from its newcomers. Experienced players like Mag will play a vital role in helping these younger players adapt to collegiate basketball.

BYU basketball fans have plenty to anticipate with Young at the helm, signaling an exciting era for the program.

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