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By Kent Larsen

Trumpeted BYU Freshmen Did Well, Says Cleveland

PROVO, UTAH -- BYU Head Coach Steve Cleveland says that the freshmen he recruited a year ago have done well. While the five who played this year average a total of 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, Cleveland says they're where they should be. "They are making contributions and more importantly, they are understanding their roles. One thing we're not getting is scoring, but I never thought the freshmen would come in and make a huge impact on the program. . . . I just wanted them to learn, make progress, get better, and they have done that very well." But LDS missions have already split them up as a group.

The six freshmen recruited last year are now down to just three active players. The group includes Garner Meads, Jesse Pinegar, Derek Dawes, Jake Chrisman, Daniel Bobik and Austin Ainge, the son of former BYU star Danny Ainge. But only Dawes, Chrisman and Bobik are still playing for BYU this season, and Dawes may serve an LDS mission starting before next season.

Ainge, one of the three not playing, decided to serve an LDS mission before enrolling at BYU. He is expected to return after next year. Highly recruited Garner Meads, who turned down both Stanford and Utah for BYU, was injured in a collision in practice that collapsed one of his lungs. Rather than try to recover too quickly, Meads opted to serve his mission early and rejoin the team when he returns. Pinegar broke his left foot in Fall practice, and decided to redshirt this season while he recovers. But he will return next season since he doesn't plan to serve an LDS mission.

Of the remaining three, only Dawes may serve a mission, and he is struggling with the decision. Chrisman is not an LDS Church member, and Bobik has already served a mission, returning this past summer.


BYU Frosh Make Progress
Salt Lake Tribune 1Mar01 S2
By Phil Miller: Salt Lake Tribune


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