I volunteer at the MTC every week to help the Italian missionaries practice
their Italian. Today I sat in a room at the MTC with Anziano Mika and two other
fine young Elders preparing to spend the next two years in Italy sharing the
gospel. Anziano Mika will be a great missionary, totally dedicated, as will the
others I spoke with today. I have no doubt he will bless many lives
during his mission and will return to be a real asset to BYU basketball as well.
See you next week Anziano Mika. By the way, his Italian is coming along very
Cougarista,"Most opposing coaches complain that missions confer
an unfair advantage to BYU athletes. If they really believed that, they would
send their players to the peace corps or another mission equivalent"That's faulty logic. Now, I'm not arguing whether a mission
hurts or helps(at least not right now in this comment), but being that coaches
don't send their players to the peace corps or another mission equivalent
doesn't prove or disprove anything. Most players don't go on a two
year peace corps or other mission equivalent outing because they don't want
to. Its as simple as that. But a lack of players taking a two year
break doesn't prove the argument one way or another. And how
do you know the mission didn't slow down Haws and Collinsowrth? You have
no idea how much better/worse they would be if they didn't go on a mission,
so again your reasoning is pretty faulty.
LovelyDeseretGilbert, AZSlow down over two years? That
didn't apply to Haws and Collinsworth. Even if it were so, missions have
greater importance in the big picture. Most opposing coaches complain that
missions confer an unfair advantage to BYU athletes. If they really believed
that, they would send their players to the peace corps or another mission
I'm glad Mika has decided to sacrifice two years of his life to serve a
mission. If he works hard and obeys the mission rules, I'm confident that
he will never look back at those two years with a wish that he had never gone.
Many blessings are in store for him and his future wife and children because of
his decision. May God bless you, and may he help you find was to serve people
and especially to help you find those who will receive blessings from coming
That took guts. I respect that...
Elk Hair Caddis and Ohama Coug,Jordan Chatman, the son of former
cougar great Jeff, returns also. I'm anxious to find out how these two
will do. Both had a real good High School careers. I think, Chatman was
Washington player of the year and if I remember right, Neilson dominated his
Wow, Lovely! Do you know something no one else knows about Jabari? He
hasn't said he's going to serve a mission that I'm aware of. Do
tell..... It seems the Bball players have the mission return down to a science.
Haws and Collinsworth have made amazing transitions the last 2 years.
Typically two years off and the college player loses his quickness and
competitive drive. I think they should put him and Jabari Parker in the same
mission and keep them busy playing among other things.
Elk Hair Caddis:Isaac Neilsen, a 6'-10" center, is on the
roster as a redshirt this year and has already served a mission. He will be
available starting next year for four straight years.
Congrats Eric! One of the best decisions you will ever make. If this kid ever
develops a mid range jumper, he would be tough to stop.
Wish the story would have included who is returning from missions to fill the
void. Anyone know?
Good for him. You've got to love it: young people who have their
Congrats Eric. Serving a mission is a great "life" decision. While you
will be missed the next two years at the MC, I'm already looking forward to
2017 with you, Dastrup, Hartsock and Shaw in the paint. The future is great for
Good for him. There is more to life than basketball. He will be better
prepared mentally to play when he gets back.