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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS BBall All-American Chooses BYU
(Utah All-American Meads picks BYU)
CNNSI (AP) 14May00 S2

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS high school basketball sensation Garner Meads has decided to play for BYU, turning down offers from Utah and Stanford, schools which have also hosted star LDS basketball players. Meads, who is 6-foot-9, told the Associated Press that he plans to sign a national letter of intent today. He also said that BYU coach Steve Cleveland "let out a whoop" when Meads told him the news.

"He was very excited that I chose BYU," Meads said. "He said I'll be a really good fit." Meads has changed some of his plans, however. He says he will play next season before going on an LDS mission. Previously, he had planned to serve a mission before starting his career.

Meads was selected as a McDonald's All-American and a third-team Parade All-American. He was the most heavily recruited LDS player this year, and is considered one of the best ever produced in Utah. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds a game for Salt Lake City's Brighton High School as a senior, leading the team to the Class 5A state championship game.

Recruiting Meads helps BYU get one of the top recruting classes in the nation. The Cougars also landed 6-10 Derek Dawes of Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City and Jesse Pinegar, a 6-9 forward who played with Meads at Brighton. The team also signed 6-8 Jake Chrisman of Provo High and 6-1 Austin Ainge of Gilbert, Ariz., the son of former NBA standout Danny Ainge.


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