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BYU basketball coaches offer scholarships to a prep senior from Indiana, 3 juniors from Utah and Arizona

Published July 23, 2012 4:02 pm

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A lot of people who follow BYU's basketball program have been wondering why it has taken the Cougars so long to make scholarship offers to some of the top up-and-coming LDS high school prospects from around the country. Well, wonder no more. Monday, it was learned through various reports on Twitter, including some tweets from the prospects themselves and their parents, that BYU offered four recruits — one from the class of 2013 (a rising prep senior) and three from the class of 2014 (guys who will be juniors this fall). The rising senior receiving an offer is Luke Worthington, a 6-foot-8 post player from Mequon, Wis. Worthingon, who is eligible to sign in November, if he desires, attended one of BYU's July camps. ESPN.com's recruiting website says he also has offers from San Francisco, Yale, Utah State, Princeton, Rice, Penn, Davidson, Lehigh and Bucknell. He also plays football.Some are seeing the Worthington offer as a concession from BYU coaches that they are out of the running for the nation's top recruit, Jabari Parker. However, a source close to the program insists that's not the case. The juniors who received offers from BYU Monday are Orem High 6-7 wing player Dalton Nixon, Roy High 6-9 frontcourt player Brekkott Chapman and Payton Dastrup, a 6-9 phenom from Mountain View High in Mesa, Ariz. Dastrup is considered one of the top recruits in the West at his position (forward, most likely) and has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State, Virginia, Utah, Utah State and UC Davis. Nixon is the son of former BYU star Kevin Nixon, and shined as a sophomore at last year's Class 4A state tournament in Utah. He has offers from San Francisco, Utah and Utah State, but is picking up more interest virtually every time he plays this summer. Chapman also has offers now from the same schools as Nixon, as the two are said to be close friends and would like to play college basketball together, if possible. Look for an article on Chapman on The Tribune's website later this week.