Thunderbirds Sign BYU Transfer Jamal Aytes
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Southern Utah basketball program and head coach Todd Simon have announced the addition of 6-foot-6 BYU graduate transfer Jamal Aytes to the Thunderbird family. Aytes is completing his undergraduate degree in June from BYU and will have one season to play this winter at SUU.
“Jamal is a big piece to our program next season. He brings a wealth of experience to our youthful roster. His size, strength, rebounding and ability to score in multiple areas will be a great asset,” Simon said. “In addition, Jamal is a fantastic person that fits the character of our program and this institution.”
The San Diego, Calif., native began his college career at UNLV before transferring to BYU where he played his sophomore and junior seasons.
This past season, Aytes appeared in 28 games, finishing with season highs of 12 points and five rebounds against Saint Louis.
Before UNLV, Aytes played at JSerra Catholic High School where he played for legendary coach Joedy Gardner. Aytes averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds over the course of his senior year of high school and was named to the All-CIF Southern Division 4AA Team. He was also nationally ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 66 power forward.
Aytes played AAU basketball for the Dream Vision under the guidance of coach Clayton Williams.
Southern Utah previously announced the signings of incoming freshmen Dre Marin, a point guard out of Arizona, Jordan Lyons, a 6'7” wing out of Ontario, Canada, and Je'rell Springer, a 6'6” guard from Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds also signed Jamil Jackson, a 6'6” junior college wing out of Minnesota, and 2 transfers, Cameron Oluyitan, a 6'6” wing from Boise State and Andre Adams, a 6'9” forward from Arizona State.Keep up with the Thunderbirds by following @SUUBasketball on Twitter and Instagram along with liking SUU Basketball on Facebook.