Brigham Young Cougars head coach Mark Pope claps his hands as BYU and Cal State Fullerton play a college basketball game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Jake Wahlin announced on Tuesday his intent to sign with the Cougars on Instagram
PROVO — The BYU men’s basketball program received an important in-state commitment on Tuesday when Timpview forward Jake Wahlin announced on Instagram Live his intent to sign with the Cougars.
Wahlin is a 6-foot-7 forward who claimed offers from Arizona State, San Diego State and New Mexico, among others.
“After a lot of prayer and consideration, I’ve (decided) to go to Brigham Young and play for the Cougars,” Wahlin said.
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Committed!! Let’s work cougar nation
A post shared by Jake Wahlin (@jwahlin) on Sep 15, 2020 at 11:14am PDT
The atmosphere and excitement BYU coach Mark Pope has built within the program was a big factor, Wahlin said.
“Coach Pope and his staff have got me fired up,” Wahlin said. “I got to go to a few games, and the one game I really remember was the Gonzaga game, and I remember after the game Coach Pope and all the fans were on the court and thinking, ‘Man, how could you not want to be a part of this?’”
BYU defeated Gonzaga 91-78 back on February 22, with fans adding to a rich atmosphere before storming the court in celebration.
Wahlin is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has plans to serve a two-year mission prior to enrolling at BYU.
As for BYU player’s approval of the commitment? Yoeli Childs certainly gave Wahlin his endorsement in a video posted to Twitter.
COUGAR NATION!! Go show some love to my little bro @WahlinJake !
I’ve watched this guy work and grow for years, and I promise he’s going to be something special!
Proud of you bro, @BYUbasketball is lucky to have you!✊ pic.twitter.com/GcZhTtzRv5
— Yoeli Childs (@yochilds22) September 15, 2020
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