BYU lands commitment from 2025 projected lottery pick Egor Demin of Real Madrid

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PROVO — Kevin Young's recruiting pool at BYU extended across the Atlantic Ocean with a commitment Tuesday from Real Madrid.

The Cougars added 6-foot-8 scoring guard Egor Demin from the 2025 NBA draft class to an already standout recruiting haul for the 2024-25 season, several sources indicated to The news was first confirmed in the United States by ESPN.

Javier Maestro of reported Monday that Demin was on the verge of committing to BYU, while working out of his Real Madrid contract. The agreement only lacked Demin's signature, according to Maestro.

A native of Russia, Demin is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2025 NBA draft. He recently scored 19 points with six rebounds and four assists in Real Madrid's blowout of Milan in Europe's Adidas Next Generation Tournament, where he played alongside another future top draft prospect in Madrid's Hugo Gomez.

Demin averaged 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game in the tournament, where he began to pick up 2025 NBA draft steam.

"What I want to do to take (BYU basketball) to the next level is make this place the best place in college basketball to prepare young men to play in the NBA," Young said during his introductory press conference last month. "I think with my background, I think we're going to be able to get that done, and I really look forward to doing that."

In 21 games with the Real Madrid system last year (where he played for both the first team and Real Madrid 2 in Spain's U-19 league), Demin averaged 13.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals in 23.3 minutes per game, shooting 57% from the field and 33.6% from 3-point range.

Demin, 18, joins an already loaded recruiting class of 2024 that includes Corner Canyon four-star forward Brody Kozlowski, the former USC signee and No. 2 overall recruit in the state who averaged 20.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while leading the Chargers to a 6A state runner-up finish.

Young also added guard Elijah Crawford, a 6-foot-2 playmaker out of Brewster Academy and a four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and On3 who is the sixth-highest rated high school commit in BYU history upon his signing.

The former MaxPreps New Hampshire Player of the Year helped Brewster Academy to a 27-7 record and fourth-place finish in EYBL Scholastic last year, averaging 12.0 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while entertaining interest from Kansas, Florida, Louisville, Wake Forest and others.

The Cougars also added Utah transfer Keba Keita, the 6-foot-8 rim runner who averaged 8.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Runnin' Utes before following assistant coach Chris Burgess to Provo.

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