Rylan Bergersen and DeAndre Jones started playing basketball together when they were in third grade.
They went on to star side by side at Borah High and then played one year together at Link Year, a prep school in Branson, Missouri.
After playing the past two seasons at different Division I programs, the duo soon will be reunited as teammates at Central Arkansas.
Bergersen announced Monday on Twitter that he is transferring from BYU to the Bears. Jones has been a starter for the Bears the past two seasons.
Bergersen, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard, has two years of eligibility remaining and said he plans to apply for a hardship waiver after BYU coach Dave Rose retired in March. If his waiver is granted by the NCAA, Bergersen would be immediately eligible to play for the Bears.
“I think the thing that I liked the most about Central Arkansas was the fact that the coaches just seemed like they had a lot of confidence in me,” Bergersen told the Idaho Statesman by phone Monday. “They wanted to bring me in and give me opportunities to be one of the main guys. They loved my game so much. ... It seemed like a good environment, and it seemed liked the team was really close. I thought it was a good fit for me.”
Bergersen, who averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per game as a senior at Borah, said he also considered offers from UC Irvine, Montana State and Cal Baptist.
In two seasons at BYU, Bergersen appeared in 50 games and averaged 1.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game.
Bergersen and Jones were both named to the 5A All-Idaho first team in 2016 as high school seniors. Bergersen is the oldest son of Roberto Bergersen, a Boise State Hall of Famer and a second-round NBA Draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 1999.
“That obviously plays a part in it as well, I would love to be able to play with DeAndre again,” Bergersen said. “We’ve played together our whole lives. It’ll be nice to play with him again.”