Some of the players who transferred from Utah schools found success on the floor in their new destinations while others struggled to find significant opportunities to show what they could do. The most productive of the bunch were Frank Bartley IV, David Collette and Chris Reyes, who found big roles and put up nice numbers.
Others weren’t as lucky as there were injuries, a lack of consistent minutes and even academic ineligibility.
Here is a look at the local players who transferred to other Division I schools and how they performed this season.
Isaac Neilson, UVU
After a terrific start to the season, Neilson saw his minutes and production slow until he put up a big double-double in the Wolverines’ CBI semifinal loss to Wyoming. Even though his minutes dropped, he was still a huge presence on the defensive end where he earned WAC All-Defensive Team honors. One of his best games of the season came in a 114-101 win over BYU when he recorded 26 points on 10 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc and 4 for 5 from the foul line. He added nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
In 34 games, he averaged 9.6 points on 57.1 percent shooting to go along with 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 21.8 minutes a contest.
Frank Bartley IV, Louisiana-Lafayette
Bartley was a huge piece for the Ragin’ Cajuns on both ends of the floor all season, and the Sun Belt Conference took notice as he was awarded the league’s Newcomer of the Year as well as Third-Team All-Sun Belt. One of his best games came in an 85-82 loss to Georgia State when he registered 31 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the field, including 7 for 15 from 3-point range and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.
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