Elijah Bryant has graduated from BYU and will turn pro, the guard announced in a video on Wednesday.
Bryant led BYU in scoring last season with 18.2 points per game to go with 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He has one year of eligibility remaining, but intends to hire an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate career.
“Basketball has always been my first love,” he says in the video. “As a little kid, it was always my dream to play in the NBA, and now is my opportunity to fulfill that dream.”
Watch the whole video here. Running at just under two minutes, it’s well done and well worth your time.
With Bryant moving on, Dave Rose and company have to hope Yoeli Childs returns to school. Childs has already declared for the NBA Draft, but has not yet hired an agent. The 6’8 sophomore was dominant during the Cougars’ run to the West Coast Conference title game and would return as one of the top front court players in the league. Childs could combine with TJ Haws and Nick Emery as an experienced core to make BYU the clear pick to finish second in the WCC behind Gonzaga.
That is, if Emery does actually come back.
We all got big decisions to make in life ..just like I do right now! Just because we have a plan to do something doesn’t mean life always goes according to plan! God understands why we make the decisions we make.. gotta trust in the process/experience and life works out— Nick Emery (@NickEmery04) April 18, 2018