The days and weeks following the end of the final evaluation period of the summer tend to busy, with prospects narrowing their lists and beginning to go through the process of setting up their five official visits (if they haven’t taken any already).
But some players don’t need the extra time to make a decision in regards to where they’ll play their college basketball.
Such was the case for 6-10 center Ryan Andrus, who on Wednesday announced his decision to attend BYU just days after completing his summer on the grassroots circuit. Andrus is BYU’s fourth verbal commitment in the 2014 class, joining guard T.J. Haws (one of Andrus’ summer teammates) and forwards Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to think at all about my commitment until after AAU ball and I held to that,” Andrus told the Deseret News. “After I started thinking about it BYU became the obvious choice for me. It fits me best in every way — more so than the other schools who offered me.”
According to the paper the plan for Andrus is to play his freshman season (2014-15) before leaving on his two-year LDS mission, and accounting for recruits who need to take this step in their religious lives is something that BYU head coach Dave Rose is certainly used to.
Haws will serve his mission before enrolling at BYU, and the church’s decision to change its minimum age requirement has given missionaries more options as to when they’ll begin their mission.
Of BYU’s 2013 signees one, shooting guard Nick Emery, has decided to begin his mission before joining the program (he left in May) while center Eric Mika made the decision to spend a year in Provo before starting his.