Former BYU guard Matt Carlino is set to embark on another journey in his never-boring college basketball career. According to a report by ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman on Twitter Friday, April 25, Carlino will transfer to the Marquette Golden Eagles to play immediately. First, he'll make his official visit to Milwaukee, however.
Carlino surprised many by leaving BYU for his senior season. Because he will graduate early in May the NCAA will allow him to play immediately at Marquette as a graduate student -- and finish his college basketball career in his third locale.
UCLA was his first stop, followed by BYU and now Marquette. The Golden Eagles were 17-15 overall last season -- but the arrival of new head coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant coach at Duke has brightened the spirits of a once-proud program that lists alums like Dwyane Wade and Lance Stephenson--and the late Rick Majerus--among others.
Wojciechowski, for one, couldn’t be any more happy about the arrival of Carlino to his program, and stated as much on his Twitter page following the ESPN report that was published Friday.
“Proud to welcome Matt Carlino to the MU family! Great addition to our program who brings experience, versatility, & a hunger to win! #mubb,” Wojciechowski tweeted.
While Carlino is gone to Marquette, the real reason he left BYU has to do with guard Jordan Chatman making his arrival in Provo. Chatman--the son of former Cougar great Jeff Chatman--is immediately expected to make a contribution to the team.
Chatman just got back from a church mission to Taiwan. Though he hasn’t played one minute of college basketball, the numbers are hard to ignore -- as is his size. At 6-4, he’s taller than Carlino and has more length. He’s also a former Mr. Basketball in Washington and was 4A All-State as well.
With Kyle Collinsworth at the point -- provided he recovers from ACL surgery -- Chatman will likely move to the two-guard position in a three-guard lineup, which really takes advantage of BYU’s ability to run.
For Carlino, the writing was on the wall with Chapman arriving--and he knew it. So, he left and helped unclog what would have been a nightmare scenario in terms of playing time.