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SLCC's Tummala "getting close" to deciding, BYU still an option

Published April 30, 2013 2:51 pm

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Sai Tummala says he is getting close to deciding which Division I college basketball program he will play for next fall. He's just not sure how close. I was able to reach Tummala on the phone briefly on Tuesday afternoon, and the Salt Lake Community College star said he hoped to have had made a decision by the end of April, but it appears that might not happen now. He said some things have changed recently — he declined to say what happened, exactly — and that the changes have caused him to take a step back and reconsider a few options. As I noted in this space 12 days ago, BYU coach Dave Rose is recruiting Tummala rather intensely, hoping the 6-foot-6, 212-pound native of Phoenix will sign with the Cougars before the signing period ends on May 15."BYU is still one of the schools I am considering, obviously," Tummala said Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, Tummala tweeted this out: "For those wondering about my final schools. Nebraska, Arizona State, Pitt, Miami (OH), BYU. Decision coming soon!" I asked him if those schools were still in the running today, and he said that they "sort of" were, but didn't want to elaborate. Case you missed it, BYU basketball spokesperson Kyle Chilton confirmed last week that Cougar guard Raul Delgado has decided to leave the program. At that time, Delgado's destination was unknown. Now it is known. Delgado will transfer to Metro State, an NCAA Division II school in Denver. The Roadrunners went 32-3 this past season and fell 74-73 to Drury in the D-II championship game in Atlanta. Delgado relayed the news via Twitter last Saturday. Delgado's departure means BYU has two available scholarships to hand out for the 2013-14 season. Obviously, Rose would love to fill one of those with Tummala. More BYU basketball-related news: Former Cougar Mike Hall has left his position as BYU Director of Basketball Operations and is reportedly seeking another position with the school. Hall got the Basketball Ops job when Tim LaComb was promoted to assistant coach three years ago. Hall was the 2004 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year for BYU. After playing professionally overseas for a couple of seasons, he re-joined the program in 2010.