BYU coach Dave Rose has landed two commitments this past week, one from Wake Forest transfer Chase Fischer, and the other from 2013 guard Frank Bartley. After Raul Delgado left the program a little bit ago, BYU has added depth from guys that fill the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 rosters well.
Frank Bartley signed his letter of intent early Sunday morning, much to the elation of the BYU coaching staff and his mother. He signed at the conclusion of his visit of the BYU campus. Bartley is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but he competed at Future College Prep in Carson, California this following year. He had offers from some of the smaller local schools around Baton Rouge after high school, but he was still convinced he could play division one basketball, so he decided to go the prep school route. This proved to be beneficial for Bartley, who garnered a good amount of offers from schools such as Auburn, Loyola Marymount, Illinois State, Fordham, and of course BYU.
Rivals lists Bartley as a two star prospect. He averaged 19.0 points 8.5 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game in his only season at Future College Prep. He led his team to a West Coast Prep Championship and was named as the teams co-most outstanding player of the year. He has point guard skills, but the body of a 2-guard. His ability to be a combo guard will help BYU’s backcourt depth exponentially.
Despite being a captain for Wake Forest this past season, Chase Fischer still saw his minutes decrease greatly. Fischer only averaged 4.5 points per game for the Demon Deacons this past season. He was a great shooter, who shot 42% from three last season.
Fischer has to sit out a year, due to NCAA transfer rules, while Bartley has 5 years to play 4. Bartley joins Carlino, Haws, Winder, Collinsworth, and Halford in the Cougars back court for the next season, and Fischer will join him the season after next. Although it will be tough to get a considerable amount of playing time next season, especially with there being proven entities such as Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino in the guard positions, if Bartley can prove he can make an impact he will play immediately, and big minutes at minutes. Fischer will help bring stability to the 2014-2015 squad.