The BYU guard line is getting crowded.
New Cougar coach Mark Pope added another one on Monday when former Lehi standout Blaze Nield, a 6-foot-1 guard, made a commitment to the program.
The BYU roster is in a state of flux as Pope puts his team together but the Cougars are expected to return seniors TJ Haws, Nick Emery and Zac Seljaas as well as sophomore Connor Harding to the guard line from last year’s roster. In addition, Gonzaga transfer Jesse Wade, who sat out last season, will be eligible and Pope brought Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jake Toolson with him from Utah Valley. Trevin Knell, a 6-5 guard who originally committed to Cal, is expected to join the team after he returns from his mission and Taylor Miller, another RM from Las Vegas, committed to the Cougars just a few weeks before Dave Rose announced his retirement.
As a senior at Lehi in 2015-16, Nield averaged 17.3 points per game while making 53 3-pointers. He led the Pioneers with 74 assists (3.1 per game) and was second in steals at 1.5 per contest.
Nield served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Washington, D.C. He played the 2018-19 season at Utah State-Eastern in Price, averaging 20.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range.
As a junior college transfer, Nield will be eligible to play immediately.