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PROVO, Utah (May 23, 2007) -- BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose today announced that Archie Rose, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Nassau, Bahamas, and Mike Loyd Jr., a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Las Vegas, have signed national letters of intent to join the BYU program.
Rose (no relation to Coach Rose) comes to BYU out of Lee College in Baytown, Texas, where he was the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder averaging 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2005-06. A good shooter, Rose made a team-leading 46 three-pointers for the Runnin' Rebels while adding 1.9 assists per game. He comes to BYU as a junior with two years of eligibility after redshirting last season.
"Archie will really add to our team's athleticism, and he is a very good shooter," Coach Rose said. "He is an extremely good rebounder for a guard and has the ability to excel as a defender for us on the perimeter."
As a freshman, Rose helped lead Northeastern Colorado Junior College to a 28-9 overall record and the NJCAA Region IX crown. The Plainsmen won the title with a 21-6 league mark before advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NJCAA Tournament, which included a win over No. 1 Arizona Western. Rose averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Santa Luces High School in Lantana, Fla., while earning second-team all-county honors. He was also recruited by Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Louisiana State, Texas Tech, Miami and Nebraska.
Loyd led Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas to a share of the Sunset Northwest League title and a 21-5 overall record while earning Sunset Northwest First Team and All-Sunset Region Second Team accolades as a senior in 2007. He averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.4 steals while helping the Panthers advance to the Sunset Regional semifinals.
A solid overall performer, Loyd led the Sunset Northwest League in steals and assists, ranked second in scoring and three-pointers made, finished third in blocks and was fifth in rebounds. Among all players in Nevada he ranked in the top 10 in steals, top 20 in scoring and top 25 in assists. Loyd was also recruited by Santa Clara, Northern Iowa, Northern Arizona and Idaho.
"Mike has outstanding quickness and the ability to do a lot of different things for us both offensively and defensively," Coach Rose said. "He has a very good mid-range game and is a team-first player. Coming from a basketball family, he has a great understanding of the game and has strong leadership qualities."
Coach Rose also announced that Jean Carlos Otero, a 6-foot-7 forward who signed with the Cougars in November out of Miami-Dade College (Miami, Fla.), has not met NCAA transfer requirements and will not be attending BYU. "We looked forward to having J.C. in our program this fall so it's unfortunate he won't have that opportunity," Coach Rose said. "We obviously wish him the very best."
A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Otero was one of four players to sign with BYU during the early recruiting period along with 6-foot-9 forward Chris Collinsworth out of Provo (Utah) High School, 6-foot-2 combo guard Jimmer Fredette from Glens Falls (N.Y.) High School and 5-foot-10 point guard Lamont Morgan out of Saddleback Community College (Mission Viejo, Calif.).
ROSTER INFORMATION Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown / School Chris Collinsworth F 6-9 195 Provo, Utah / Provo HS Jimmer Fredette G 6-2 190 Glens Falls, N.Y. / Glens Falls HS Michael Loyd G 6-2 170 Las Vegas, Nev. / Palo Verde HS Archie Rose G/F 6-4 200 Nassau, Bahamas / Lee College Lamont Morgan G 5-10 170 Pomona, Calif. / Saddleback CC