Just shortly after wrapping up the season, BYU basketball head coach Dave Rose announced junior guard Matt Carlino will be transferring for his senior season of eligibility.
As Carlino has a reputation as a true team player and asset to the program, the news of his departure is definitely unexpected.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach Rose and his staff have given me,” Carlino said in a news release. “I’m also grateful for my teammates, professors and advisors for making my time at BYU such a great experience and for helping me grow so much as a person.”
Carlino is a recognizable name at BYU, simply because of the number of roles he played on the team that has changed from season to season. A transfer from UCLA, Carlino sat out the 2010–2011 season and missed the first 10 games of the 2011–2012 season because of NCAA transfer rules.
After becoming eligible Carlino began his successful career for the Cougars, averaging 12.2 points and 4.6 assists as a freshman.
And it didn’t stop there.
The same year he received an All-WCC honorable mention and was a critical player in BYU, receiving an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA tournament.
“We’re really grateful for Matt’s contribution to the success of our program over the last three years,” Rose said.
This past season, Carlino began as a starter but was moved to the role of sixth man in early December, providing captivating lift off the bench, many times putting the Cougars back in the game and leading them on to wins.
He averaged a career-best 13.7 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals. His career will be concluded with a spot in the top 10 in team history in career assists, steals and three-point field goals.
“Matt was a great teammate and will be missed by the coaching staff and players,” Rose said.