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OREM — Trey Woodbury started looking around when his college basketball team at UNLV made a coaching change several weeks ago.
His outside interest took him to Provo, where he visited new coach Mark Pope and the BYU coaching staff while deciding where to continue his college career.
He eventually decided that Utah was he wanted to play.
But not in Provo.
Woodbury verbally committed Utah Valley University this week, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told KSL.com Friday. He'll have three seasons of eligibility after sitting out the 2019-20 season, per NCAA transfer rules.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Woodbury's transfer has not been formally approved. He has not enrolled in classes on University Parkway in Orem, but plans to do so before the end of the summer, per the source.
Woodbury, a three-star shooting guard who prepped at Las Vegas’ Clark High School, averaged 1.4 points and 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman at UNLV. He reclassified before his senior year at Clark, enrolling at UNLV amid offers from Arizona State, USC, Utah State and TCU, among others.
But when the Rebels fired Marvin Menzies and replaced him with head coach T.J. Otzelberger, Woodbury submitted his named to the NCAA transfer portal. He took visits to BYU in the first week of June and Hawaii, according to another source, but then visited new Utah Valley coach Mark Madsen on a whim.
Something about the visit stuck. Woodbury verbally committed to the program this week, and plans to enroll at UVU in the coming months, according to one source.
He joins a transfer list at UVU that includes Zach Mogbo, a 6-foot-7 forward who played two seasons at Palm Beach State; Fardaws Aimaq, 6-foot-1 forward who averaged 5.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 29 games at Mercer, including five starts; and former Bingham standout Brandon Morley, the 7-foot center who has had stops at Western Nebraska, Salt Lake Community College and Utah, where he averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 16 games a year ago with the Runnin' Utes.
The group replaces UVU transfers Baylee Steele, the big man who has committed to Duquesne as a graduate transfer; as well as Jake Toolson, Wyatt Lowell and Richard Harward, who followed Pope to BYU.
Mangum departs BYU
BYU was hit by an outgoing transfer late Thursday night, too.
Abby Mangum, the 6-foot forward from Eagle, Idaho, has left the university and transferred to Division II Westminster in Salt Lake City, the Griffins announced this week. The younger sister of former BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum will have three seasons of eligibility left after spending two years with the Cougars, including a redshirt in 2017-18.
Mangum averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in nine games in 2018-19 for the Cougars, playing a scant 3.1 minutes per contest. She played briefly in the Cougars’ 72-63 loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but played a total of 19 minutes after West Coast Conference play began Dec. 29.
The transfer was one of six additions announced by Griffins coach Shelley Jarred, who led Westminster to a second-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2018-19. The list includes Dixie State transfer Mariah Martin, who prepped at Alta; American Fork product Addison Holmstead and Highland’s Olivia Beckstead; and out-of-state products Lyndzi Rich (Black Hills State) and Sarah McGinley (Colorado Christian).
Mangum will be immediately eligible as a Division I transfer to a D-II program.
New Utah State football coach Gary Andersen has formally added three graduate transfers and two junior college players to the Aggies’ program for the 2019 season.
The Aggies also added JUCO products Sean Carter from Fullerton (California) Junior College and Noah Young from Southwestern Junior College (Chula Vista, California).