LDS missionary, future Gonzaga basketball player highlighted by Spokane TV station

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  • Jello is Good ,
    March 22, 2017 1:16 p.m.

    As a BYU alum if I were choosing a school for my son to attend for academic, spiritual and social criteria, I choose BYU. If my son is talented enough to be recruited to play basketball by a top 10 school versus BYU and it's confused coaching scheme, I choose the top 10 school. My fellow Cougars who state otherwise are just being fans or delusional.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    March 22, 2017 12:44 p.m.

    re: "The last half dozen years there have been 30-40 rabid fans that have attired themselves in "missionary" apparel such as white shirts / ties and bicycle helmets with backpacks. "

    (def) Irony: The Zags lost back-to-back games to BYU in the dog pound while zag fans mocked BYU. Sounds like the Cougs got the last laugh. Twice.

  • ksampow Ogden, UT
    March 21, 2017 8:18 a.m.

    Several of the comments posted on this story ignore the fact that choosing which school to attend is a personal decision based on many factors. This is a story about a talented player who set a great example by serving a mission. It should not degrade into bashing schools or second-guessing individual choices.

  • VariedHue Logan, UT
    March 20, 2017 8:35 p.m.

    BYU fans need to get a grasp on the fact that getting a bunch of players from a "National Championship" high school team doesn't equate to being able to compete with teams that basically recruit the equivalent of an all-star team each year and even go to Europe and Australia to get quality players. Mika would probably play a lot, may even start, for St. Marys or Gonzaga but Haws and Emery would struggle to see quality minutes.

  • RD1025 Springville, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    hi-ya , I just have one word for your comments - Delusional. We have heard over and over again that Duke or Gonzaga are done. Then the next year rolls around, and they just reload and are back at the big dance. BYU can't even win an NIT game. Why would some of these quality players even consider them over a proven national power when given the chance. I will admit that BYU does a good job of preparing players for life in Europe or Asia.

  • hi-ya Murray, UT
    March 20, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    BYU beat the Zags this year, they will beat them again next year and the year after that. Sorry kid, you chose the wrong school. The Zags Era is coming to an End. Enter the Cougar Era. Much like Jackson who chose the the Devils, which after last nights loss, brings an End to the Dukie's season and reign… so much for the great expectations of a national championship. Good kids like these could be a big fish in a small pond, but they always end up being a small fish in a big pond. Too bad they did not see that by being a big fish in a small pond, that with other good fishes who are currently at BYU that their dreams of a national championship has within the next two years a better chance at BYU than any other place. Besides, as always is the case, tolerance of what a kid becomes spiritually after a mission, is only understood and encouraged at BYU, especially when it comes to Sunday sports play. Sad but true, too often these good kids, sacrifice their principles when it comes to Sunday play and they are never the same again.

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    March 20, 2017 8:08 a.m.

    Gonzaga is a power program. Love Coach Few and love his ability to prepare teams for tough tourney play. Again in the Sweet 16. While I am a BYU fan, I have a ton of respect for their program. So good to have that kind of bar in the WCC to aim for. BYU has a good program, but not a great one. No longer is a 20 win season a good mark. It is 23 -25 or go home. If BYU beats 2 or 3 of the should have wins, it may have been a play in game. Fact is, they are not even close to the kind of defense required to play 2 or 3 games in the NCAA Tourney.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2017 4:04 p.m.

    Did he go to Lone Peak? The answer is why BYU didn't recruit him.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 19, 2017 3:41 p.m.

    Good luck Jesse. Gonzaga is a classy program!!!

    Hopefully he will get home here soon enough to get the rust off.

  • Farmer in Farmington Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2017 6:36 a.m.

    BYU needs to earn the right to these kind of players. He along with Jabari Parker, Frank Jackson have gone to programs and coaches that will better develop their talents for the next level. I sense by their track record, BYU B-Ball coaches do not have the ability to train and teach the level of skills and thinking that produce a regular stream of NBA players.

    Rose is a disengaged coach with his players. He rarely (once or twice a year) will sit down one on one with each player. I am getting concerned that he regularly blames loses on his players, (we have seen this pattern before) and it never ends well. This off season it might be wise to have him decide if he has the fire for this position and to develop the most out of the players.

    BYU is challenged by the maxim, "IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME"

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2017 7:50 p.m.

    I know he is quite a player and the Bulldogs will benefit greatly with this young man on their roster. The Dog Pound will have to re-tool the way students mock BYU when the Cougs are hosted in Spokane. The last half dozen years there have been 30-40 rabid fans that have attired themselves in "missionary" apparel such as white shirts / ties and bicycle helmets with backpacks. If Wade follows through with his commitment this creative approach would be uber hypocritical . . .

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    March 18, 2017 7:48 p.m.

    Maybe you can change your mind and go to BYU. After all Zag fans make fun of the church and missionaries. The Y needs all the help from quality players.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    March 18, 2017 7:17 p.m.

    Going to Gonzaga is the obvious right decision over BYU.