Guys like Kyle Collinsworth and Eric Mika really made me feel like I was already part of the team. I just fit in well with them and other guys already and I can't wait to play with them. —Zach Seljaas
BOUNTIFUL — The BYU basketball program secured another touted instate recruit when Bountiful’s Class of 2015 hybrid-wing, Zac Seljaas, verbally announced his intentions to enroll in Provo Monday.
At the time of commitment Seljaas maintained offers from San Francisco, Utah and Utah State in addition to the Cougars. It’s expected he’ll participate in the 2015-16 season.
"It was a tough decision and every school had a lot to offer, but BYU fit me best,"Seljaas said. "I love the style of play at BYU, the coaches are awesome and the school is a great place."
Seljaas also feels a great connection with the players already at BYU.
"Guys like Kyle Collinsworth and Eric Mika really made me feel like I was already part of the team," he said. "I just fit in well with them and other guys already and I can't wait to play with them."
Seljaas is LDS, but doesn't have definite plans to serve a mission currently. A mission is an option he's looking hard at, however.
Seljaas sister, Nancy Seljaas-Warner, played basketball for BYU and helped Zac decide BYU was the place for him.
"She definitely loved her experience at BYU and that helped," he said. "She's always positive when talking about BYU ever since I can remember."
As a sophomore, Seljaas, a three-star prospect, averaged 15 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. He was instrumental in helping Bountiful string together 20 consecutive victories before losing to eventual state champion, Sky View, in overtime on a half-court buzzer beater in the 4A semifinals.
“If they put little guys on him — he’s going to post them. If they put big guys — he’s going around them,” Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell told the Deseret News in February. “He’s just a terrific player, and he’s going to get better and better. That’s kind of a hidden gem right now that’s developing into something special.”
Seljaas at 6-foot-7 and 200-pounds demonstrated an ability to extend the defense to the perimeter — leading the Braves with 49 3-pointers – along with the capability of finishing at the rim.