Full Steam Ahead

Arizona basketball sensation Lee Cummard shares his plans with respect to playing for BYU. The highly regarded shooting guard from Mesa lays out his schedule for the spring and summer months as he is preparing to rejoin the competative basketball scene.

Lee Cummard never had to make a decision. At least not again.

Cummard, a 6'6" shooting guard from Mesa High in Mesa, Arizona, committed to Steve Cleveland and the BYU Cougars in Novemeber, 2003. After returning from his mission, Cummard has been preparing to enroll at BYU in June. Then Cleveland unexpectedly accepted the Fresno State head coaching job.

Changes at BYU have not changed Cummard's decision to be a BYU Cougar. "I've got my flight set for May 1st," said Cummard. "I'm really looking forward to getting up there and getting things going. I'll come home for graduation and Memorial Day and then I'll head right back up in early June. I'll enroll when classes start in June. I'll be living with Trent Plaisted. His parents moved to Provo so I'll be there with him and his family. That should be a good situation. I really can't wait to get up there and get things started."

What will Cummard be doing in Provo before enrolling? "Get a job and work out," he said. "I'll continue to work on getting stronger and bigger. As of this morning I'm 173.5 pounds. I've gained about 10 pounds since I graduated. I feel much stronger and I'm jumping better than ever. I can even dunk through my legs now. I've been playing a lot of basketball against local JC guys to keep sharp."

Cummard has spoken with both Coach Rose and Wardenberg since the coaching change. They have set the expectations for next year. "The goal is to win the MWC next year," said Cummard. "We're going to work hard to meet those goals. I'm excited for the challenge. I'm ready to get this going full steam ahead."


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