BYU Basketball Gets Commitment From Center Ryan Andrus

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIAugust 2, 2013

Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune
Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune

BYU basketball fans got some good news this week, as American Fork High School center Ryan Andrus verbally committed to the Cougars.

After the week started off on a sour note for BYU with highly rated in-state prospect Brekkott Chapman committing to rival Utah, the team was in need of some positive news. They got that in the form of Andrus' commitment.

Andrus becomes the fourth player from the 2014 recruiting class to commit to BYU, joining shooting guard T.J. Haws and small forwards Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson.

Andrus is listed at 6'10", and that size is something BYU is sorely in need of. Depth at the post positions has plagued BYU the last several seasons, with Chris Collinsworth's career-ending injury last year further depleting an already-understaffed frontcourt.

Andrus plans to play one year for BYU before going on his mission, and he is expected to immediately contribute significantly to the Cougars' depth down low.

While Andrus is not ranked nationally, he received offers from Utah, Utah State and Boise State in addition to BYU. 

During his high school career, Andrus has shown a multifaceted game. He averaged nearly 20 points per game, while also averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. His 19 three-pointers last season also show an ability to stretch the perimeter.

While BYU may not have gotten all the recruits they were aiming for this week, Andrus' commitment should give the program something to be happy about.