PROVO — BYU’s basketball program is losing a pair of underclassmen.
Monday afternoon, the school announced that guard Frank Bartley IV and forward Isaac Neilson are transferring.
“I appreciate all the contributions Frank and Issac made to our program,” coach Dave Rose said in a statement. “We wish them both the very best going forward.”
Bartley, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds this past season after averaging 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman.
Neilson, a 6-10 freshman from Mission Viejo, California, averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds last season.
There is speculation that one or both players could wind up at Utah Valley University, where former Cougar assistant Mark Pope is the new head coach.
With the departures of Bartley and Neilson, one of those scholarships is expected to be given to Corbin Kaufusi, who originally signed with BYU’s football program before serving an LDS mission.