BYU basketball: Coaches learning to manage missionary age change

Brigham Young University basketball coaches were feeling pretty good about the future and direction of their program when they woke up the morning of Oct. 6, 2012. They had received verbal commitments from five highly touted high school seniors, and were reasonably sure that three of those prospects — Nick Emery, Jakob Hartsock and Braiden Shaw — would not require scholarships for the 2013-14 season because they planned to leave right away on two-year church missions.

The other two — Eric Mika and Luke Worthington — are also LDS Church members but were expected to play right away. Both would be needed to fill the giant void inside when Brandon Davies graduates, coaches believed.

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