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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars forward Jamal Aytes (40) puts a move on Brigham Young Cougars forward Davin Guinn (24) during the Cougar Tipoff at the Marriott Center in Provo on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.
His size, strength, rebounding and ability to score in multiple areas will be a great asset. —SUU coach Todd Simon, on Jamal Aytes

Former BYU forward Jamal Aytes will stay in state for his final college basketball season, as Southern Utah announced Friday he will play at the school in 2017-18.

Aytes joins Todd Simon's program as a graduate transfer. He will complete his undergraduate degree at BYU in June, according to SUU, and be eligible to play for the T'Birds this upcoming season.

“Jamal is a big piece to our program next season. He brings a wealth of experience to our youthful roster. His size, strength, rebounding and ability to score in multiple areas will be a great asset,” Simon said in a news release. “In addition, Jamal is a fantastic person that fits the character of our program and this institution.”

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The 6-foot-6 Aytes joined the BYU program in January 2014 after transferring following one season at UNLV. In addition to a medical redshirt year, he played two seasons for the Cougars and averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 50 games played.

Aytes is one of three players that have recently decided to transfer to Southern Utah, including 6-6 wing Cameron Oluyitan (from Boise State) and 6-9 forward Andre Adams (Arizona State). Oluyitan and Adams will have to sit out next season, as per NCAA transfer rules.