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Four-star forward Kanon Catchings is committing to BYU

Four-star forward Kanon Catchings is committing to BYU

BYU has secured a huge piece for next year’s roster, as 2024 four-star forward Kanon Catchings committed to BYU. The former Purdue signee and Indiana native is ranked in the top 40 in sports by 247 Sports and was recently released from his National Letter of Intent by the Boilermakers. He chose BYU over fellow finalists NC State and Florida State.

The 6-foot-4 forward played his senior year for Overtime Elite in Atlanta, where he was coached by Tim Fanning, one of BYU’s assistant coaches. Fanning quickly connected with Catchings as soon as he was released from his NLI.

Catchers can play the 3 or the 4 and have a chance to start in BYU’s freshman year. He is a high-level shot maker who can make contested shots and create his own shot off the bounce. During his lone season at Overtime Elite, he averaged 14.4 points and shot 55% from the field and 36% from three. Catches can score from all levels of the floor and can stretch defenses with his ability to knock down shots from outside.

Kanon is the highest-rated recruit BYU has ever attracted, according to the composite rankings of 247 (Egor Demin doesn’t have a ranking yet). Catchings has NBA upside and could potentially be a one-and-done player. ESPN mocked him to go #22 overall in the 2025 NBA Draft. Catchings’ aunt does W.N.B.A Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings and his mother, Tauja, were an All-Conference player at Illinois and played briefly in the WNBA.

Catchings will likely play both forward spots at BYU, although BYU has a bigger need at the 4. Catchings will need to get stronger and be able to wrestle some of the physicality he’ll see in the Big 12, but he should fit right in fits as a stretch four who is a shot maker and offers great positional size and length when playing the three. Catchings raises the ceiling for this BYU team and gives Kevin Young a talented scorer who can get going on his own, something BYU lacked at times last season.

Looking at the bigger picture, Kanon’s signing could be transformative for BYU. Kevin Young wants to build an NBA pipeline in Provo, but he needs to put guys in the NBA to make the court resonate. Demin and Catchings are surefire NBA prospects, and the potential for both of them to be picked in the first round in the 2025 NBA draft would be huge for BYU’s future recruiting efforts.

You can watch highlights of Kanon below.