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What happens if he has a phenomenal season? Any chance he changes his mind?
"Nope," he said. "I’m going."
Huge expectations for BYU freshman Eric MikaChecked in at No. 98 on the CBSSports.com preseason list of top 100 players in college basketball.
» Named the Preseason All-High Major Freshman of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
» Won MVP honors at the West Coast All-Star Classic, scoring a game-high 28 points.
» Named a Third-Team High School All-American.
» Helped lead Lone Peak to the MaxPreps.com National Title.
» Averaged 16.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game as a senior, while shooting 67 percent from field.
Making Mika’s story even more amazing is that he seemingly came out of nowhere. Neither his 6-5 father, Ron, his 5-10 mother, Sue, nor any of his four older siblings played college basketball, although Sue set some scoring and free-throw shooting records at her high school in Michigan. He’s the fifth of Ron and Sue’s children to attend BYU.
Mika’s list of schools that recruited him isn’t all that impressive, mostly because he committed to BYU early (Dec. 17, 2011) when he wasn’t even playing basketball. He was forced to sit out his entire junior season when the Utah High School Activities Association denied eligibility after he transferred from Sandy’s Waterford, a private school, to Lone Peak, even though he lived in Lone Peak’s boundaries all along.
So he played just one season at Lone Peak, leading the Knights to the MaxPreps.com National Championship and shining in various tournaments against national competition. He credits Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis for turning him into the player he is today.
"He saw my potential and just didn’t let me slack off for anything," Mika said.
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