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Utah transfer Keba Keita commits to BYU
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Utah transfer Keba Keita commits to BYU

BYU got its first transfer portal addition this offseason when Utah’s Keba Keita announced his commitment to BYU on his IG. Keba has two years of eligibility remaining. Keba is the second new signing under Kevin Young and joins 2024 signee Brody Kozlowski. He chose BYU over Mississippi State, Texas, Louisville, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Oregon, Kentucky, Kansas State and others.

Keba is 6-foot-4, but is primarily a big man and plays bigger than he is because of his athleticism. Think of him as a kind of more polished version of Atiki Ally Atiki. Keita started 13 of 35 games for Utah this season, averaging 8.3 points, 5.4 boards and 1.1 blocks in just 16 minutes per game. According to KenPom, Keba was second in Pac-12 play in offensive rebounding percentage, 10th in defensive rebounding percentage, 5th in block percentage and 8th in fouls scored per 40 minutes. Keba averaged just 16 minutes per game, partly due to foul trouble; he averaged 5.3 fouls per 40 minutes.

Keba’s game and skills complement Fouss. Fouss is more of a back-to-the-basket, low-block scorer, while Keba is a bigger threat as a rim runner and scores second-chance points. Keita will be BYU’s best rim protector and excels, covering a lot of space around the rim. He is an incredibly explosive athlete who can compete on a nightly basis against many of the frontcourts BYU will see in the Big 12. Kevin Young has said he wants a rim-running big in his system and Keba fits that description perfectly.

Some may scoff at Keba’s size and wonder how he can be a center. Size is obviously important, but many Big 12 teams have excelled with smaller centers. Big 12 champion Houston’s starting frontcourt was 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-1, and Texas Tech dismantled BYU in the Big 12 tournament with a 6-foot-4 guy starting at the five. Keba received some huge NIL offers from teams who all wanted him to play against the five. I expect BYU to add another major, which could come through the international market.

You can view highlights of Keba below.