Southern Utah University announced the signing of University of Oakland transfer Zion Young on Tuesday, adding a fifth player through the transfer portal.
Young started his college career at Western Illinois after prepping at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago. In his second season, he averaged over 13 points a game, later transferring to Oakland.
“We are excited to add Zion to the program,” said Simon. “He is a tremendous scorer and shooter. He adds a lot of experience and production to our team. He fits our spread uptempo style and will have to be accounted for as a shooter on every scouting report.”
Young came off the bench for the Golden Grizzlies, averaging 7.8 points per game, including a season-high 28 against Detroit Mercy, hitting 9/9 from behind the arc.
In the 2021-’22 season, Young only played six games due to a knee injury.
T-Birds land Lemetti
Simon announced the signing of Omaha transfer guard Felix Lemetti on May 5, adding a third guard through the transfer portal.
SUU signed Wyoming transfer Deng Dut on April 26, and Snow College transfer Drake Allen on April 11.
“Felix is an experienced guard with a high skill level,” said Simon. “He competes on both ends of the floor. His work ethic and desire to win will be a great asset for the program.”
Lemetti scored 10.4 points per game for Omaha, while grabbing 3.8 rebounds, and dishing out 3.1 assists per game last season. Lemetti also shot 38% from three.
Lemetti started his college career at Fairfield then transferred to Salt Lake Community College before joining the Mavericks.
He also played on Sweden’s National Team and played on the Fryshuset Basket Club, the second highest level of pro ball in Sweden.
Deng Dut joins the T-Birds
“Deng is a smart and versatile point guard with an ability to make those around him better,” Simon said. “He has won at every stop along the way. His character and drive to be the best he can be make him a great fit for us.”
Prior to his time at Wyoming, Dut was a First Team All-American selection at the College of Southern Idaho. He entered the transfer portal on March 19.
With the Golden Eagles in the ’20-21 season, Dut averaged 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent from three.
Dut led his team to a conference championship and number three overall seed at the NJCAA National Tournament.
In 12 games with Wyoming last year, Dut averaged just 0.7 points per game while shooting 2/20 from the field.
Dut is the second addition through the transfer portal for SUU this offseason, and has two years of eligibility remaining.
All transfers from Snow College
Snow College transfer Drake Allen signed with the Thunderbirds earlier this month.
Allen and Dut will have ample opportunity to compete for playing time with the graduations both members of last season’s starting backcourt, Dre Marin and John Knight III.
Allen signed with Southern Utah on April 11.
Allen earned NJCAA Second-Team All-American and chose Southern Utah over multiple other Division I programs.
“Drake is an outstanding fit for our program,” said Simon upon Allen’s commitment. “He is a winner and has had great coaches at the high school and junior college level. He has an excellent basketball IQ, an explosive first step, and loves to compete.”
Allen led Snow College to a 26-8 record and an appearance in the NJCAA D1 National Tournament for the first time in over 50 years.
The 6-foot-4 guard was named a member of the All-Tournament team.
Allen appeared in and started all 34 games, scoring 12.8 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the field. He also tallied a team-high 2.2 steals per game, while ranking in the top-15 in assists with six per game.
Allen has three years of eligibility left remaining.
Southern Utah adds another Australian big man
On April 29, Australian forward Marshal Destremau announced his commitment to the Thunderbirds.
The 6-10 forward from Perth was originally offered by Southern Utah on April 10.
The Thunderbirds were the first D-1 offer Destremau received.
Destremau will join fellow Australians Jason Spurgin and Deng Dut on the Thunderbird roster.
Aanen Moody’s recent move to the transfer portal opens another scholarship for SUU. Moody committed to Montana in May
Moody joins Malik Muhammad, Nick Fleming, Marquis Moore, and Dee Barnes in the portal.
Barnes committed to Saint Peter’s in June.
Southern Utah recently offered a scholarship to Snow Canyon standout Bowen Hammer.
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