BYU secures the commitment of four-star prospect Kanon Catchings.

Kevin Young, in his inaugural season as head coach of BYU basketball, has secured another top-tier recruit: four-star small forward Kanon Catchings. Catchings, who initially committed to Purdue before reopening his recruitment, was officially announced as part of BYU’s roster on Tuesday following a recent visit to Provo.

Standing at 6-foot-8, Catchings brings impressive skills to BYU, including size, shooting ability, and athleticism. His basketball background includes training under Tim Fanning, a BYU assistant coach at Overtime Elite. Young expressed enthusiasm about Catchings’ signing, highlighting his talent on both ends of the court and emphasizing his potential for development within the program.

Ranked as the No. 40 prospect nationally in the 2024 class by 247 Sports’ composite rankings, Catchings comes from a notable basketball pedigree. He is the nephew of Tamika Catchings, a WNBA Hall of Famer, and his family includes other basketball luminaries such as his mother Tauja, a former collegiate player, and his grandfather Harvey, who played in the NBA.

Catchings’ decision to join BYU underscores the strong rapport he developed with Coach Young and the coaching staff during their meetings. He cited their connection and the program’s environment as decisive factors in his commitment to BYU over other schools like Florida State and NC State.

This signing is significant for BYU, marking one of the highest-rated recruits in program history according to 247 Sports’ composite metric. With Catchings on board, BYU’s recruiting class for 2024 ranks 12th nationally and third in the Big 12, reflecting a promising outlook for the team’s future under Coach Young’s leadership.