BYU remains very close to former basketball star Jonathan Tavernari's heart

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  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 3, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    Nice to hear from TJ and his stories. I was nervous about his shooting at the Y and I was surprise he told Dave Rose that he didn't want to be a starter in his senior year. He was a great 6th man player.

    I also was glad to hear about Travis Hansen in past and now I like to know about Rafael Araujo. Araujo was drafter to Toronto but he didn't play there very long and moved on away from nba.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    June 3, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    I did curse him a few times but he hit some big shots and sounds like a true Cougar!

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    June 3, 2014 10:49 a.m.

    Really enjoyed the article. I've heard him in radio interviews talk about his love for BYU and Rose's basketball program, and it makes me like him all the more. I get the feeling He and his wife will be great assets for the Church and for BYU whether or not they end up on the payroll.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 3, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    It neat how he explains that he wasn't demoted to the bench, it was something he humbly asked the coach to do for the betterment of the team. I also like how he talks about his qualities that would be so beneficial to BYU. He makes it sound as though they would be even luckier to have him around for a second go than they were the first. Great story. He seems to feel that he has a lot of great qualities that he clearly likes to talk about and share with others. He sounds like an ideal guy to work for BYU athletics.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    June 3, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Good story, nice to see him doing well.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    June 3, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Tavernari equates the LDS Church with BYU, that is what many of us do, growing up, as we cheer for the Cougars, and that is why we hope they field a great team, one that has the respect of others, win or lose, for their energy, excellence, and enthusiasm. That is why it is difficult, especially for young fans, to understand why a great LDS player would want to play anywhere else. Of course we recognize the agency of all, to choose, but just as Roger Reid said, we fans do feel disappointment when some top players choose to play elsewhere. Appreciate those like J.T., who have given the fans great examples, and great teams to cheer for.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    June 3, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    So, aside from an occasional passing "hello" enroute to/from class, he knew his wife less than a week before he proposed? And she accepted?!

    I guess that's in keeping with his quick-trigger mentality. I guess whatever works for you, but MAN . . only at BYU. My wife and I got married while attending the Y, and I'd dated her for four months when I proposed. In retrospect, THAT was quick, but not "Taverneri quick".

    I'm glad he's found his niche playing hoops. His pro shooting percentages, assuming this article is correct, are excellent. I never cared much for his game at BYU, but I admired the way he handled the demotion to the bench and the realization that the NBA was not in his future.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    June 3, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    He was fun to watch because he always seemed so full of enthusiasm and knew how to get the fans involved. He would be an asset to BYU scouting out international talent.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    June 3, 2014 7:19 a.m.

    What? He has hair? LOL. He was a blast to watch. Great read.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 2, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    Thanks for the follow-up story. It's fun to see how these players excel and yet retain their strong love for and ties to BYU. Through the years I have done the same.

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    June 2, 2014 8:31 p.m.

    What a great story! I liked JT when he played at BYU, and I like him more now.
    When he retires I would love to see him come back to BYU... maybe in the Athletic Dept in some capacity.