BYU basketball: Remembering Kresimir Cosic

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  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    June 11, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Gilmer - did you see him in the Freshman games? because freshman couldn't play varsity basketball in 1969-70.

  • GilmerTexasCougar Gilmer, TX
    June 11, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    I only got to see him play when he was a freshman, but he was one of the greatest basketball showmen ever, as well as a great player. His contribution to BYU and then to the Church was great. I was in Provo in April and I thrilled to see his jersey hanging in the Marriott Center.

  • Central Texan Buda, TX
    June 11, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    It is worth finding out more about Cosic. If I'm getting my facts straight, although not a member of the LDS Church at the time, Cosic dreamed or had a deep impression that if he went to America he would play in the largest of basketball arenas in the country. This was when games were at Smith Fieldhouse, hardly noted for its size. Cosic struggled with person issues and almost left BYU after his first year, but instructors, particularly Hugh Nibley, kept his interest and eventually led him to the Gospel. When the Marriot Center opened, Cosic indeed did play in the largest of arenas in the country. Cosic chose to forego a career in the NBA in order to bring the gospel back to his homeland -- where my son served a mission (Croatia).

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    June 10, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I took the time to watch the 44 minute documentary/bio on Kreso. Just amazing to bring back all those marvelous memories. I actually had a job with Tolboe Construction building the Marriott center during the very last months prior to Cougar Classic 1972. Kresimir was so fun to watch. We all have our favorites to be sure, but they don't get any better than the three names you mentioned.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    June 10, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    I don't mean any disrespect to Danny Ainge or Jimmer Fredette, but Kresimir Cosic was the most exciting player to don a BYU basketball uniform. He was an entertainer as well as a fantastic talent. It was amazing to see such a tall guy who could dribble the ball up the court, pass behind his back, shoot from outside or inside, and rebound with the best. He was one of the most complete players to ever play the game.

    By the way, the excitement created by Cosic that filled the Smith Fieldhouse every game was the main reason that BYU built the Marriott Center.

  • Mountainman56 Alpine, UT
    June 9, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Kresimir was a great basketball player, a great representative of BYU and the church and a great man. As a missionary in Austria in the late 70's, I know that he singlehandedly made it possible for missionaries to come into Yugoslavia for the first time and for the church to be established there. Thanks for posting this article. People like Kresimir Cosic should never be forgotten.