Arizona’s Payton Dastrup flips from Ohio State to BYU

Payton Dastrup shown above, gave BYU fans a "rollercaster ride" of emotions this past week.

Last week, Payton Dastrup an highly touted big man out of Mountain View High Mesa, Arizona committed to Thad Matta and Ohio State. Just days after his pledge, Dastrup has changed his mind. He now plans to play college basketball for the school he grew up following closely as an youngster: BYU. Dastrup spoke to’s Evan Daniels on the matter: “I just felt more comfortable with BYU,” Dastrup told “After I did commit, two days following I wasn’t miserable, but there was something missing. That’s why I changed.” He also stated “I grew up following BYU sports as a young kid,” the 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man added.” I wanted to play football, but when football fell through I had hopes and aspirations of playing basketball there.” Scout rates Dastrup the No. 18 center prospect in the 2014 class, while Rivals rates him the No. 100 overall. Though Dastrup is a 2014 prospect, he wasn’t expected to come to Ohio State until the 2016 season after completing a two-year Mormon mission after high school, making him a 20 year-old freshman. Dastrup is ranked as a four-star power forward by 247sports and was one of the more sought after power forwards in the country. Dastrup also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UC Davis, USC, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, and Virginia.


Dastrup joins a 2014 recruiting class at BYU that already includes four-star guard TJ Haws, a pair of three-star small forwards in Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson, and two-star big man Ryan Andrus. ranks BYU's 2014 recruits as the number one recruiting class in the West Coast Conference and 22nd nationally. Dastrup has broad shoulders, nice length, and solid feet. He is a blue-collar big man with good hands and has a knack for snatching rebounds in traffic. He can step out and hit shots from the  three point stripe, but is much more potent in the mid-range area. As a junior for Mission View, he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, two block shots a game and was named Mesa All-District Player of the Year.

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Brandon Gurney