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
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.