Kyle's Gonna be a Cougar...



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Highly-touted Provo High School senior-to-be Kyle Collinsworth has given Dave Rose the news he was hoping to hear: Collinsworth will sign a letter-of-intent with BYU.

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Collinsworth came into the Cougar Basketball offices this afternoon and gave Rose the welcome news in person. Rose was in Provo for a brief pit-stop (and practice) between recruiting trips. Rose was in the midwest on Tuesday last night and heads to Las Vegas this evening.

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The 6'7" hybrid guard had narrowed his school choices to BYU and Virginia. Kyle's older brother Chris played for the Cougars as a true freshman before leaving on an LDS mission to Australia. The elder (and Elder) Collinsworth has seven months remaining in his mission service, and will re-join the program at the same time younger brother Kyle prepares to begin his college career as a Cougar.

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Collinsworth is the first verbal commitment in the Class of 2010 and was clearly the Cougars' number one recruiting priority. I happened to be in the Marriott Center to watch practice last Friday when Kyle and his family came in as part of Collinsworth's official visit, and it's apparent that the relationships between the current BYU players/coaches and the Collinsworth family are understandably strong.

Collinsworth's commitment is just the latest encouraging development in the Cougar hoops program. BYU is winning the lion's share of instate recruiting battles, the team has won three consecutive conference championships (and will be favored to win its fourth in a row), and most significantly, there's a positive health outlook for Dave Rose. The BYU ball is really rolling right now, and the future looks as bright as the present.

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The BYU hoops coaches are planning their first annual BYU Basketball Alumni Reunion for the weekend of October 16th and 17th (to coincide with the start of fall practice). Plans are for a Friday night dinner at the Provo Marriott and Saturday morning golf outing at Sleepy Ridge. There has been a good response from many former hoopsters, but the coaches would still like to get the word out to many players who have not been contacted or not yet responded for whatever reason.

If you are a former BYU Basketball player or know an ex-Cougar hoopster with interest in attending the reunion activity, please contact BYU Basketball Secretary Zeffie Nelson at zeffie@byu.edu, or by calling 801.422.3612.

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