Update: Henry Bekkering

According to several recruiting services in Canada, BYU has offered a basketball scholarship to Henry Bekkering, a 6'6", 213 lb. senior who is generally regarded as Alberta's top prep school player.

Eastern Washington is Bekkering's other offer, but many schools including Oregon, Gonzaga and Stanford are actively recruiting the athletic Canadian. Cougar Sportsline reported several months ago that Andy Toolson had been to Taber, Alberta, Canada to take a look at Bekkering. 

According to Lorne Clarke, a respected Canadian talent evaluator, Bekkering is not LDS, but he lives in Taber, a community of 6,000 that has a large LDS population.  He played on the Canadian National Junior team last summer in Venezuela.  He is also considered a Division 1 prospect as a kicker in football.

Bekkering has an impressive 41 inch vertical jump and is a senior at W.R. Meyer High School, which has an enrollment of only 350 students. He is still just 16 years old. A couple of weeks ago, his team participated in a tournament in Cardston. Bekkering scored 58 points against E.P. Scarlett High School of Calgary, then lit up Henry Wisegood H.S. for 44 and also posted 29 against Raymond.

Clarke said about Bekkering: "He's a player that some high major needs to take a chance on.  He has athleticism and strength that is hard to find. You're talking about a kid that has a 41 inch vertical, can touch 11'6" off a one foot take-off, bench press his weight of 215 pounds and is only a 16 year old senior. Whether he chooses to prep or go to a D1 next year, Henry will be an excellent addition to a high major program."

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