SALT LAKE CITY — One of the top college basketball players in the state of Utah may be on the move.
Stadium national basketball analyst Jeff Goodman reported Thursday that Utah Valley guard Jake Toolson is expected to transfer. Toolson’s head coach at UVU, Mark Pope, was introduced as the new head men’s basketball coach at BYU on Wednesday, replacing the retired Dave Rose.
Goodman reported Toolson would be a grad transfer and thus be eligible to play immediately. Jacob Hatch of 1280 The Zone radio confirmed the report, adding that Toolson has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
If Toolson were to leave UVU, he’d take an impressive resume with him to the next destination for his senior season.
He was named the WAC Player of the Year this past season as a junior, averaging 15.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Toolson also shot 44.8 percent from 3-point range — second-best in the WAC — as well as 53.7 percent from the field and 85.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Last week, he became just the second Wolverine to earn Associated Press All-America honorable mention honors, joining Isiah Williams, who earned the accolade following the 2010-11 season.
In two years for the Wolverines, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range and starting every game.19 comments on this story
Toolson began his college career at BYU, averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game while playing 36 games, starting five, before leaving partway through the 2015-16 season, joining Pope just down University Parkway in Orem.
Pope coached the Wolverines for four years, compiling a 77-56 record, after being an assistant at BYU for four seasons. He was an assistant with the Cougars when Toolson first arrived in Provo.
Toolson is the nephew of former BYU and NBA star Danny Ainge, who is now the general manager and president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics. Toolson was also recruited by Arizona State, Boston College, Utah State and Saint Mary’s coming out of high school.