Orem High's 6-10 center Ian Harward committed to play basketball for BYU this weekend and, while he intends to sign a letter of intent in November, he may not enroll until 2011 following missionary plans.

"I was on a family vacation at Fish Lake when I just decided to make my commitment to BYU," said Harward, who was offered by the Cougars more than two weeks ago. Harward, whose only other offer is from Utah State, opened a lot of eyes in Washington this summer when he scored 35 points, hauled down 13 boards and had 10 blocks in a Tri-City tournament near Seattle.

"I've always wanted to go there, and it seems it is the best fit for me, personally," said Harward, who is known for his ability to run the floor and outrace other frontline players in the open court.

"He's worked is way into a great player," said Orem High coach Mike Conner. "In one year, he's improved as much as any player I've ever seen. He works hard in the weight room, he works hard on the floor. He basically earned a scholarship by showing Dave Rose how hard he can work."

Conner says Harward has a shooting range of about 15 feet and has delivered from the 3-point line. "He's really active and in my opinion he's more of a power forward. He played with our Orem team and played with the AAU Pump and Run team.

"I've received a lot of phone calls from coaches about him but the most has come from Utah State and Weber State.

The others, I've told he's going to stay around here, so they've kind of understood where he's going."


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