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BYU basketball: Bountiful junior Zac Seljaas commits to Cougars

Published August 5, 2013 9:36 am

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Provo • Although his sister played women's basketball for BYU and his father played at BYU-Hawaii, Bountiful High's Zac Seljaas wasn't really a big BYU fan growing up. He liked the programs at Utah and Utah State just as much, and was fairly neutral when the Cougars, Aggies and Utes faced off.

Holding scholarship offers from all three programs and another from San Francisco after a standout summer on the club basketball circuit, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Seljaas, who will be a junior this fall at Bountiful, decided on Sunday that he wanted to relieve the recruiting pressure and make a decision.

He picked BYU.

"I just knew it was right for me," he said Monday morning. "I called coach [Dave] Rose yesterday. "He was excited. He was happy."

Seljaas said he will sign with the Cougars in November of 2014 and play his first year (2015-16 season) before deciding whether or not to go an LDS Church mission.

His sister, Nancy Seljaas-Warner, played for BYU and is married to former BYU football player Chris Warner.

Zac Seljaas averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore. The Braves won 20 straight games last season before falling to Sky View in the 4A state semifinals. He made 49 3-pointers in 2012-13 and was a second-team all-state selection.

Seljaas played for the Utah Prospects club basketball team this summer at tournaments in Las Vegas and throughout the country.

"BYU fits my style of play, and I really like the guys who play there, guys like [incoming freshman] Eric Mika and [returned missionary] Kyle Collinsworth."

The youngest of four children in his family, Seljaas said he is relieved to get the decision out of the way.

"It is relieving, just knowing that I can focus on straight up basketball and can do high school without that pressure," he said.

Tribune sportswriter Aaron Falk contributed to this report.

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