08192017

UVU basketball adds transfer Baylee Steele to roster

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Center Baylee Steele, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, will sit out during the 2017–18 season. (Photo courtesy UVU basketball)

UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope announced Tuesday that center Baylee Steele has signed a grant-in-aid award to play for the Wolverines.

“Baylee is one of the finest young men I have ever had the privilege of recruiting,” Pope said in a press release. “He’s incredibly strong, has a huge frame and loves contact. Baylee has great touch around the rim and has the potential to grow his game exponentially. He’s an extremely hard worker who is going to be a great representative of Utah Valley University.”

Prior to transferring to UVU, Steele played for Eastern Michigan during his sophomore season. He appeared in all 33 games and made 22 starts during the 2016–17 season. The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center averaged 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.8 percent (62-of-127) from the floor.

“I’m excited to be surrounded by a great group of guys and am ready to get to work with the Utah Valley coaching staff,” Steele said in a press release. “I have a lot of confidence with this team already and am excited to be a part of it.”

Because of NCAA transfer rules, Baylee will sit out the 2017–18 season. He will be eligible for two more seasons starting in the 2018–19 season.

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