Wednesday night was a quality portion of time for the BYU Cougars basketball program. The team received the commitment of Christian PoPoola Jr. He is ranked as the 143rd best prospect in the 2017 recruiting class according to Rivals.
A three-star talent, PoPoola is a 6’3″ guard with some shifty moves. A lefty, he currently attends basketball powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
This is obviously a big time get and tremendous start to the 2017 class for BYU. Considering the top of the WCC is filled with powers like the Gonzaga Bulldogs and St. Mary’s Gaels, anything short of recruiting trail dominance can leave the Cougars in the rear view mirror.
PoPoola announced his decision on Twitter.
According to the player, his relationship with current and future BYU players were a factor in his decision.
“I’ve worked out a lot with Nick [Emery], TJ [Haws], Yoeli and Gavin [Baxter],” PoPoola recently told CougarNation. “I’ve been in the gym with a lot of these guys and have known them growing up. Those are my guys. A lot of these guys are my friends, so that’s a good thing.”
PoPoola chose BYU while having other scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, USC, Stanford, Rutgers, San Diego State, Pepperdine, LMU, among others.
For what it is worth, PoPoola’s greatest strength is indeed his athleticisim. He has won various dunk contests during his high school run of dominance. With BYU attempting a small, yet not huge in scale rebuild, he can figure into some early playing time as a sophomore or even a freshman if he begins to develop quickly.