Basketball Joins the Early Commit Craze

BYU's Basketball coach Dave Rose took a page from Bronco Mendenhall and received his first commit for the 2007 season. Provo's Chris Collinsworth verbally committed to play for the Cougars. The 6-foot-8 forward, who can play on the perimeter or the post, spoke with about his verbal.

By now, BYU fans are no longer surprised when a high school player decides to give a verbal commitment to play for BYU. As it stands, 21 football players have already stated they will sign a letter of intent in February.

BYU got their 22nd early verbal commitment on Tuesday. But this player will actually sign his letter of intent three moths before the other 21. Chris Collinsworth confirmed to that he will be a Cougar. Collinsworth, you see, is a basketball player and will sign during the early signing period in November.

He is 6-foot-8 and growing. In fact, the 200-pound forward from Provo High School was just 6-foot-1 when he was a freshman. His head coach, Craig Drury, said that he would not be surprised if Collinsworth, who can play three positions, grew to 6-foot-10.

Collinsworth is LDS and does have mission plans. He would like to play one year before serving a mission. He already passed the ACT (although he will retake it "to do better") and maintains a 3.7 GPA.

"I committed to BYU," Collinsworth said, "because I wanted to go there and I wanted to get the whole recruiting thing out of the way. I didn't want to waste my time, other schools time or BYU's time. I wanted to go there, so why wait?"

He is a wing player that can move between the perimeter and the post. His coach said that he is more comfortable on the perimeter.

"He's more than an okay shooter," Coach Drury said. "He's a very good shooter. He made ten three-pointers in an AAU game earlier this year."

Coach Drury also said that he has fielded calls from numerous programs across the country inquiring about Chris. He said that he has taken calls from Colorado State, Washington State, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona. He listed three things that those staffs were impressed with.

He said that they told him Chris was an excellent passer who saw the field well. They were also surprised at how well he defended, especially on the perimeter. (In fact, he said that during one AAU game, Chris held a 6-foot-5 guard scoreless in the second half after he "killed them in the first half.") The third thing they liked was Chris as a person.

"Chris was the kind of person they wanted to recruit to their programs," Drury said.

Collinsworth said that he had received lots of attention from West Virginia and recently from Arizona State. But he stated that he only had scholarship offers from Colorado State, Utah State, Washington State, Air Force and BYU.

Chris said that he tries to play like Dirk Nowitzki (his favorite player) and friends have told him he reminds them of Adam Morrison. He admitted that he has long way to go before he is that good. But if he turns out to be close, then Coach Drury will indeed be right and:

"BYU is getting one heck of a player."


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