Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Brigham Young Cougars center Eric Mika yells after a slam dunk during NCAA action in Provo Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

BYU freshman forward Eric Mika took one more step toward an expected two-year hiatus from college basketball.

Over the weekend, Mika tweeted he's submitted his LDS mission papers.

The freshman has started 24 games for the Cougars this season, averaging 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

In BYU's two most recent games, he's recorded double-doubles, with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Santa Clara and 13 points and 13 rebounds against San Francisco.

Three other players from Mika's 2013 recruiting class — Nick Emery, Braiden Shaw and Jakob Hartsock — are already serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Emery, a teammate of Mika's at Lone Peak High, is serving in the Germany Frankfurt Mission, according to; Shaw is in the California Sacramento Mission and Hartsock, the younger brother of former Cougar Noah Hartsock, is serving in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission.

"Unless I'm scoring 40 points and getting 20 boards every game and going straight to the NBA, I don't think I'll skip out on a mission," Mika jokingly told the Associated Press in March 2013. "It will be good both physically and mentally. It will get me in the right mode to just be ready to work every day. And hopefully I mature physically."

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