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BYU adds Houston transfer L.J. Rose

UConn Huskies guard Ryan Boatright (11) leaps in front of Houston Cougars guard L.J. Rose (5) during the first half of a Division 1 men's NCAA basketball game between the Houston Cougars and the UConn Huskies at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. Photographer: David Hahn/Icon Sportswire
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According to a statement from the school on Tuesday, the BYU Cougars have landed 6-foot-3 guard L.J. Rose from Houston. After graduating from Houston in the spring, Rose will enroll at BYU as a graduate transfer in order to play as a senior next season.

Because of his graduate status, the veteran guard is not required to sit out for a season upon transferring.

“L.J. will add great experience and talent to our guard line,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose. “We’re excited about the leadership he will bring on the court and in the locker room. He will make us a deeper and more versatile team.”

While BYU’s newest addition is a native of Houston, Texas, he will now be taking his talents away from home in order to immediately continue his collegiate basketball career. It is also worth noting that prior to arriving at Houston, Rose began his college career suiting up for the Baylor Bears.

In total, he has appeared in 82 collegiate games while making 44 starts en route to averaging 5.7 points and 3.6 assists per contest.

As a sophomore back in 2013-2014, Rose averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. During that same season, he notably shot 41.3 percent from behind the arc alongside a 77.8 clip at the free-throw line. However, Rose was then limited by an injury as a junior while managing to appear in just 19 games.

Over that span, he averaged 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per outing.

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