BYU basketball: Eric Mika submits LDS mission papers

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  • Dadof9 Midway, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    I volunteer at the MTC every week to help the Italian missionaries practice their Italian. Today I sat in a room at the MTC with Anziano Mika and two other fine young Elders preparing to spend the next two years in Italy sharing the gospel. Anziano Mika will be a great missionary, totally dedicated, as will the others I spoke with today.

    I have no doubt he will bless many lives during his mission and will return to be a real asset to BYU basketball as well. See you next week Anziano Mika. By the way, his Italian is coming along very nicely.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2014 9:28 a.m.


    "Most opposing coaches complain that missions confer an unfair advantage to BYU athletes. If they really believed that, they would send their players to the peace corps or another mission equivalent"

    That's faulty logic. Now, I'm not arguing whether a mission hurts or helps(at least not right now in this comment), but being that coaches don't send their players to the peace corps or another mission equivalent doesn't prove or disprove anything. Most players don't go on a two year peace corps or other mission equivalent outing because they don't want to. Its as simple as that.

    But a lack of players taking a two year break doesn't prove the argument one way or another.

    And how do you know the mission didn't slow down Haws and Collinsowrth? You have no idea how much better/worse they would be if they didn't go on a mission, so again your reasoning is pretty faulty.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    Gilbert, AZ

    Slow down over two years? That didn't apply to Haws and Collinsworth. Even if it were so, missions have greater importance in the big picture. Most opposing coaches complain that missions confer an unfair advantage to BYU athletes. If they really believed that, they would send their players to the peace corps or another mission equivalent.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    I'm glad Mika has decided to sacrifice two years of his life to serve a mission. If he works hard and obeys the mission rules, I'm confident that he will never look back at those two years with a wish that he had never gone. Many blessings are in store for him and his future wife and children because of his decision. May God bless you, and may he help you find was to serve people and especially to help you find those who will receive blessings from coming unto Christ.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    That took guts. I respect that...

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    Elk Hair Caddis and Ohama Coug,

    Jordan Chatman, the son of former cougar great Jeff, returns also. I'm anxious to find out how these two will do. Both had a real good High School careers. I think, Chatman was Washington player of the year and if I remember right, Neilson dominated his senior year.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    Wow, Lovely! Do you know something no one else knows about Jabari? He hasn't said he's going to serve a mission that I'm aware of. Do tell..... It seems the Bball players have the mission return down to a science. Haws and Collinsworth have made amazing transitions the last 2 years.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 10, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    Typically two years off and the college player loses his quickness and competitive drive. I think they should put him and Jabari Parker in the same mission and keep them busy playing among other things.

  • OmahaCoug Omaha, NE
    Feb. 10, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    Elk Hair Caddis:

    Isaac Neilsen, a 6'-10" center, is on the roster as a redshirt this year and has already served a mission. He will be available starting next year for four straight years.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Feb. 10, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    Congrats Eric! One of the best decisions you will ever make. If this kid ever develops a mid range jumper, he would be tough to stop.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    Wish the story would have included who is returning from missions to fill the void. Anyone know?

  • trueblueBYU Provo, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    Good for him. You've got to love it: young people who have their priorities straight.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 10, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Congrats Eric. Serving a mission is a great "life" decision. While you will be missed the next two years at the MC, I'm already looking forward to 2017 with you, Dastrup, Hartsock and Shaw in the paint. The future is great for BYU basketball.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Good for him. There is more to life than basketball. He will be better prepared mentally to play when he gets back.