A highly regarded junior college center and a high scoring high school player from Philadelphia have signed basketball letters of intent with Brigham Young University.
Kevin Nixon, a member of the All-Big Ten Freshman Team at Northwestern in 1990 before transferring to Utah Valley Community College in Orem, and Grant Berges from Great Valley High in Malvern, Pa., have signed letters to play for the Cougars, school officials say.Nixon, 6-9, 230, is averaging 30.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in UVCC's first five games. He already has broken the school scoring record with 41 points against Pasadena City College.
He averaged 28.1 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior at Abraham Lincoln High in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was a consensus all-state player in Iowa and was the Omaha, Neb., Metro Player of the Year.
He then redshirted in 1988-89 at Northwestern after having knee surgery. Last season, he scored 19 points against Indiana and 18 against Michigan as a part-time starter.
"Kevin is a great scorer both inside and outside," said coach Roger Reid. "He's a lot like Michael Smith in his offensive style. He's a great 3-point shooter."
Berges, 6-7, 200, averaged 27 points and eight rebounds as a junior. He is a swing player who will play either guard or small forward after serving a church mission.
He lives in Phoenixville, Pa., but attends school in nearby Malvern. He was recruited by a number of eastern schools, including Rutgers and Penn State. Reid said Berges is good outside and talented around the basket.
Earlier, BYU has signed Justin Weidhauer, a 6-7 forward from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, and Craig Wilcox, a 6-4 guard from Dodge County High in Eastman, Georgia.