Cummard Says BYU Visit "Better than Expected"

<b>Lee Cummard</b>, a 6-6 LDS shooting guard considered by most recruiting analysts as the west's No. 1 rated player in his position, took an official visit to BYU last weekend. caught up with him for his thoughts and impressions.

"It was real good. We went to the football game. Beck, the freshman from Arizona, he is good but he needs an offensive line," Cummard said with a laugh. I met the guys from the team. That went well. I got to meet some of the administrators. Saw the facilities. The weather was great all weekend. Overall, it was a little better than I expected," he said.

He said "Mark Bigelow was my host the first night. His wife plays for the BYU soccer team. We went and watched their game. I had the chance to talk to him a little. He's a great guy.

"Terry Nashif was my host the second night. Terry and I talked about what it's like to play at BYU. He talked about the great environment there and the crazy fans. He said that no matter what I do, make sure I go on a mission. It changed his life and it was the best thing I could do. That was fun.

He said he also met with a family friend in Provo and his family surprised him last Saturday. "My mom, two brothers, and a family friend came up Saturday morning. That was kind of a surprise. I was surprised with how comfortable I was the whole time. It was a good trip."

Heavily recruited by BYU head basketball coach Steve Cleveland, Cummard said he has had five in-home visits by visiting coaches from Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and BYU.

"Coach Cleveland and Coach Rose visited last week. It was a good visit. All my family and lots of friends (attend these home visits). I guess we are averaging about 25 people per visit. There were a few more for both ASU and BYU," he said.

His mother, Cheryl Cummard, said there were 34 people for the BYU visit. Asked about the BYU home visit, he said the BYU coaches "handled the big group a little better than the other schools."

Cummard added he also had a brief opportunity to talk with another top BYU recruit, David Burgess. "I spoke to him for a few minutes. We mainly just talked basketball and not recruiting. He seems like a really good guy."

He said he plans to make a firm commitment during the early November signing period. "That's the plan, anyway."

Next up for Cummard are his official visits to Arizona State on Oct. 4 and UCLA on Oct. 11. "I'll visit Oregon State and then Oregon after the UCLA trip. I'm going to take them all."

Commenting on where he stands right now with his possible college choices, he said, "My mind is not made up. I need to see what's out there. This is a big decision. Things are going well, but I want to make sure I know all I can about the final five before I make a commitment. All five schools have so many good qualities. So I'll take all the trips before making a decision.

As the No. 1 recruit in Arizona, Cummard is the youngest of six brothers and was battle-tested and toughened in home pick up basketball games by his elder brothers who cut him little slack.

He told a writer for, an independent website covering Arizona State sports, "We had some heated basketball games," he says, "It was tough but I think I'm better for it."

Cummard plans to leave for an LDS mission after high school.

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