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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Players on At Least 4 of Top 25 Basketball Teams
CBS Sportsline 4Feb00 A2

LDS college basketball players have made an impact on at least 4 of the AP top 25 schools, including two of the top 3 teams on both the AP and Coaches polls. Amazingly, and perhaps for the first time, neither of the teams in the top 3, Stanford and Duke, are in the Intermountain West or draw heavily from that area, nor are the LDS players on their teams, Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen and Matt Christensen from the Intermountain West.

Stanford, which is considered the 2nd best team in the nation behind Cincinnati in most polls, benefits from the efforts of returned missionary Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen. Madsen, a senior from Danville, California, has been a heavy contributor to the team and has gained national attention in the media for his intense play.

Duke, the other top 3 team with an LDS player, has Matt Christensen of Belmont, Massachusetts. Christensen is a sophomore who has come in off the bench in every one of Duke's 18 games.

Until recently, 14th ranked (AP poll) Kentucky had Nate Knight, a former missionary who is has shifted regularly from school to school. Knight started his college career at Oregon State before his mission, then played at Utah Valley State College for a season before transferring to Kentucky before this year. Now he has transferred again, this time to BYU. He is the younger brother of NBA player and LDS returned missionary Travis Knight.

19th ranked (AP poll) Utah, also has a number of LDS players, as expected because it draws heavily from the Intermountain West, unlike the three other schools above.


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