On Wednesday, Bartley told the Cajun Redzone he has enrolled at Louisiana for summer school. He plans to play his final two collegiate seasons for the Ragin’ Cajuns after sitting out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.
Last season the 6-foot-3 combo guard averaged 2.5 points in 9.3 minutes per game as a sophomore for a BYU team that went 25-10 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
“They were one of the first schools to call me and had been recruiting me since high school,” said Bartley, whose father, Frank Bartley III, was an All-Southland linebacker for the Cajuns in the 1970s. “They were really serious. (Assistant) coach Kevin Johnson told me he is related to one of my family members and I didn’t even know about it. It’s a great situation. They have great players and great coaches. I can’t wait to get a chance to play in front of my family and friends.”
Bartley said he made an unofficial visit to the Louisiana campus in early May. He also heard from Louisiana Tech, Long Beach State, Nevada, Hawaii, Oral Roberts, Tulane and Wofford before picking the Cajuns.
In addition to his father’s ties to the school, Bartley also has connections with several of his new teammates, including All-Sun Belt big man Shawn Long and rising sophomore guard Johnathan Stove. Bartley and Stove played together at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge.
“When I came on my visit it just felt right,” he said. “They were taking finals at the time. It was an unofficial visit. I just rode up here with my parents and met with the coaches. I played with Johnathan in high school, played AAU with Shawn and played against Hayward (Register) and Bryce (Washington). I knew some people already on campus and just felt comfortable when I came back here.”
According to Bartley, the Cajuns coaches expect him to play both guard positions and provide leadership for the team.
“They want me to play the one and two,” he said. “There might be times they need me to score and sometimes they’ll need me to be the lead guard and run the offense. I’m perfectly fine with that because I’m a combo guard and can play both of them. I played at a high level against a lot of major teams at BYU so I think I can bring maturity, a winning mentality and leadership as one of the older guys on the team.”
Bartley decided to leave BYU after playing out of position in his two years with the Cougars. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game as a freshman for a 23-12 NCAA tournament team before playing similar minutes this past season.
“I never played the one or two when I was there,” Bartley said. “I was just looking for the right situation and the right school and it’s kind of a relief that I found that. I’m excited about starting the next chapter for me.”
Bartley signed with BYU after playing as a postgrad in 2012-13 at Future College Prep in California. He led FCP to a 52-13 record and the West Coast Prep title as he averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.3 steals.
Prior to playing at FCP, Bartley was a multi-sport standout at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge. As a senior he was named Class 1A MVP after averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as CLA (26-7) won the 1A state title. He also shined as an all-district receiver for the CLA football team and won a state basketball title as a sophomore.
“Everything about my situation is positive,” he said. “I have a year to get better and work on my game even more. I got to watch them practice for the first time yesterday and I feel like they have a lot of great pieces. The coaches demand a lot of their players. I’m going to work hard this year and be ready to lead the team when I get to play.”
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