Follow up: five years later. March 2017. Stilman is a Returned Missionary.
Last night he played crucial minutes in the second half to get UNC to the Final
3rd String Guard gets thrust into NCAA Tourney. Player might go on a mission
does not make him a missionary now, no more then injury makes him a first string
player. As for the the Blessing he is repeating what he has been
thought.BYU can only field so many players so good lds players not
wanting to be part of depth charts go else where also the GPA, plus the Honor
Code, Socialization being a normal part of College life.You will get
a fine education at BYU but you can get a fine education else where. The NCAA allows for Missions which some people consider a Mature and Beefing
up scam to put older bigger stronger players on the field. Like holding your kid
back a grade or not starting them in school till age 7. Of course not the case
because you lose so much not working out daily few are able to make it back to
what they where when they left. It is a risk but so is walking
across the street or playing in a pick up game and banging a knee. A mission is
a Individual Choice and it need to be a choice.
He needs to go or not go. Leave going against the laws of nature to BYU
Students. At north Carolina he is free except for the institute and that is also
a Personal Choice. Of course people are going to tell him not to go
on a mission because now he has something real to do. Going on a
Mission is a personal choice and it is up to the individual if it is a good or
bad thing. However it need to be a Free Personal Choice.I would Not
but then again when I was his age I was already in Europe doing a Cold War. So
never having had the option to make or not make the choice I can't tell you
what I would really do. Therefore I can't tell him. You can say get your
education first and play ball. Then at 22, 23, go on your Mission. With a degree
and ball fame you may get to work at a mission HQ somewhere. Plus in 3 years
nature may have taken its course and a Mission may no longer be an desired
option. The Players injured will comeback from their injury's plus those
donburi:Where does it say they are "defending champions"?
Otis, BCS is for football! This young man dreamed for a long time to play for
UNC. You really think after his mission he would transfer to Utah? Go ahead
dream on. I do recall he has look at BYU but he chosed UNC!
This is great news for Stilman. Hope he gets playing time against Ohio.
Can someone please tell me why he was not recruited by BYU? Where was he on
Good to see that most of the best LDS athletes are choosing BCS schools.
Great article. The Church is growing and you see this reflected in the fact
that the best athletes are now going to Utah or other BCS schools to play out
their college careers. It used to be that the only place for an LDS
athlete was byu. Now, people recognize that there are much better choices, both
athletically and academically to spend their college years.
North Carolina is not the defending national champion. Defending champion would
mean they won it last year. UConn won it last year.