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BYU basketball: Mika wants to average double-double, make all-WCC team

First Published      Last Updated Oct 21 2013 01:02 pm

Perhaps lost in our coverage in Sunday's newspaper (and online Saturday night) of BYU's 47-46 win over Houston was a centerpiece article I wrote about BYU freshman basketball player Eric Mika, and the gigantic expectations that are already being heaped upon this kid.

Since the article came out, several folks have asked or emailed me about listing Mika at 6-foot-11. Is he really that tall?

Well, who knows?

On the updated roster at BYUCougars.com, Mika is listed at 6-10. His profile page on the school's website also lists him at 6-10.

However, Mika's profile page on the preseason prospectus handed out by BYU on media day listed him at 6-11. In the very same prospectus, Mika's height is listed at 6-9 on the roster.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> So, we are going to go with 6-10 for now. But regardless of Mika's real height, there's no doubting that he enters the program with more hype than any player since Shawn Bradley. If he can stay healthy and out of foul trouble, he should have a monster year.

In a far-ranging 10-minute interview with Mika last week, the big guy confirmed that he will go on a church mission when the season and winter semester are over. He said no matter what his season is like, he's going.

"Yeah, that's for sure," he said.

Another takeaway from our chat: Mika isn't shying away from the expectations.

"I have goals to average a double-double and then to be the WCC newcomer of the year and to make the all-WCC team. But more important to me is the team goal of winning our conference and getting deep into the tournament," he said.

Here are more comments by and about Mika that were gathered before I wrote the story:

Coach Dave Rose on the new guys and what they bring:

"I have had quite a few conversations, direct and frank conversations with these guys. Because sometimes new guys come in and they are in a position to maybe help, in a position to play a secondary role to somebody who is returning, or who has experience.

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