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By Mark Wright

U Wisconsin's Bower Transfers to BYU

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- Sophomore basketball player Ricky Bower is transferring to BYU and, by so doing, is also returning to his family's college roots. His father, Wayne, played on the Cougar football team in the early 1970s and his older brother, Danny, played basketball at BYU for two years during the late 90's. In addition, Bower's mother is also a former BYU student.

Bower, a returned missionary who served his mission in Poland, originally signed to play for the University of Wisconsin during the tenure of coach Dick Bennett. However, given the recent upheaval in the Wisconsin coaching staff and attendant change of direction for the program, Bower decided to transfer to BYU where he believes his talents will complement Coach Cleveland's basketball vision. Cleveland apparently told Bower that he will be able to step into the shoes of Trent Whiting and become a combination point-guard/shooting-guard, running the offense and passing the ball but also free to find his own shots.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bower's commitment to living the principles of the Gospel were never more apparent than when he originally arrived to play for Wisconsin. Bower successfully brokered an agreement with Wisconsin's coaches that he would neither play nor practice on Sundays, allowing him time to attend church and otherwise worship on the Sabbath.

After sitting out for one year, Bower, who averaged 4.3 points in 23 games at Wisconsin last season, will have two more years of eligibility at BYU, starting with the 2002-2003 season. It is anticipated that Bower will compete for playing time at the point-guard position with returned missionaries Shawn Opunui, who enters BYU this fall, and son of former Cougar great Danny Ainge, Austin, who returns in 2002.


Bower heading to BYU
Milwaukee WI Journal-Sentinel 1May01 S2
By Mark Stewart: Journal Staff
Guard fears he won't suit Ryan's style at UW

Bower Transfers to Cougs
Salt Lake Tribune 1May01 S2
By Phil Miller: Salt Lake Tribune

See also:

Bower Goes Home ... to Play in NCAA Tournament

Despite Reduction, Clerical Error Costs Bower Four Games

Paperwork Error Benches LDS Basketball Player

RM at UWisconsin to Sit Out Sunday Basketball Games

University of Wisconsin Gets LDS Guard


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