BYU football players show off their basketball skills in three-point contest

PROVO, Utah – In March, I posted about some of the best BYU football team hoops. Coaches and players gave good answers. The good news is that we now get a visual of how these guys hoop.

BYU Football posted a funny social media video on its Twitter account highlighting four players at the Marriott Center Annex. The four players were tight end Isaac Rex, offensive tackle Blake Freeland, cornerback D’Angelo Mandell and defensive lineman Lorenzo Fauatea.

All four were participating in a three-point challenge in the Annex. BYU Director of Basketball Operations Bobby Horodyski was there to help and coached the Mandell & Fauatea team.

Football recruitment director Jasen Ah You coached Freeland and Rex.

One of the guys mentioned as a hoop in March was Blake Freeland. A former high school quarterback, Freeland also played basketball during his prep career. He had a sweet blow from deep. But tight end Isaac Rex, aka “The Elk,” stole the show.

In the championship round against Mandell, Rex appeared to knock down 10 threes. As he said in the video, his names were Larry Bird, Steph Curry, and even Klay Thompson in high school. Should BYU Basketball Coach Mark Pope Call Kalani Sitake for Rex to Bury Three for BYU Hoops? Probably not. But it was an impressive performance.

Rex was a multi-sport athlete in high school as well as at San Clemente High in California. Rex played in four college basketball games, according to his MaxPreps page, and averaged 2.5 points in those four appearances.

On the gridiron, BYU’s offense will likely make Rex a big focal point again in 2021 and beyond. Replacing an injured Matt Bushman, Rex became the number one tight end and in his first full season, the starter recorded 12 touchdowns.

BYU Campus Recruiting Executive Coordinator Jack Damuni announced more three-point challenges with BYU football players soon, so we’ll be on the lookout for those who fall.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.