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Nixon delays mission plans, will play basketball for BYU in 2014-15

BYU’s basketball team might not be so thin inside next season after all.

Monday, coach Dave Rose announced that forward Dalton Nixon of Orem High School will enroll at BYU this fall and be available to play this season.

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Nixon, son of former BYU standout Kevin Nixon, signed a National Letter of Intent last November to play for BYU after committing to Rose in the summer of 2012. His original plan was to go on a church mission before enrolling.

In fact, Nixon had already received his mission call — to Boston, Mass.

Now he is expected to go next spring. it is not clear whether he will go to Boston or receive a call to a different locale.

"Dalton will be a great addition to our roster," Rose said in a school news release. "He had a great high school career and won a lot of games. He’s very skilled and has good size. We’re excited to have him."

Nixon will pay his own way in 2014-15 and be a non-scholarship player, meaning that no current player will lose his scholarship to make room for Nixon’s change of plans.

Nixon was a three-time all-stater at Orem and helped the Golden Tigers go 18-9 his senior season. He averaged 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He scored 1,367 points in his prep career, becoming Orem’s all-time scoring leader.

Nixon is 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds. He will play either the three or four position at BYU. The Cougars will have Nate Austin, Josh Sharp and Luke Worthington returning to play inside, and they will be joined by returned missionary Isaac Neilson, freshman Ryan Andrus and UNLV transfer Jamal Aytes.

Aytes will not be eligible until late December.

Last month, BYU announced that forward Kyle Davis is transferring in from Utah State. Davis must sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules.

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