SALT LAKE CITY — New BYU basketball coach Mark Pope has added another commitment in his short time as coach.
Lehi High and Utah State Eastern product Blaze Nield announced Monday on Twitter he has committed to the BYU men’s basketball program.
“After a lifelong journey, today I have decided to commit to Brigham Young University and join the Cougar Nation!! #RiseandShout,” he wrote on Twitter.
The 6-foot-1 Nield played his freshman season at Utah State Eastern last year after serving a two-year mission to Washington, D.C., for The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range in the 2018-19 season for USU Eastern.
As a junior college transfer, Nield will be eligible to play immediately for BYU.
ESPN rated Nield the No. 2 point guard and No. 10 overall player in Utah from his senior class in 2016. He averaged 17.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as a senior at Lehi, when he earned Deseret News 5A All-State honorable mention honors.16 comments on this story
“In life we all have dreams and aspirations … Some different than others, and today one of my dreams (is) finally becoming a reality. I’m super grateful for everyone who’s helped me get to where I am today,” Nield wrote on Twitter.
“I’m especially grateful for my Father in Heaven for blessing me with these talents and for blessing me with these special opportunities. I also would like to thank my Mother and all of my family who have been there with me from the start!”
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled "Nield" as "Field."