Several Mormons are playing college basketball these days.
Corbin Miller is a member of the Harvard Crimson basketball team. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound freshman point guard hails from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah. This season Miller has played in 19 of 22 games and averaged 3.4 points in 9.6 minutes of action per game. He was recently named Ivy rookie of the week.
Corbin has decided to leave Cambridge to serve an LDS mission after the season, according to an article by Alexa N. Gellman of the Harvard Crimson.
“(My faith) is something that is really important to me, and it always has been that way,” Miller told Gellman. “It’s really who I am. I’ll be able to go out and serve other people, and share a message that brings joy to my life.”
Miller hit several 3-pointers in Harvard’s 63-47 win over Boston College. The freshman was also featured in this article following his 13-point performance in Harvard’s 54-38 victory over Dartmouth.
Another Mormon hoopster drawing attention is Jordan Chatman, whose father Jeff was an all-American at BYU in the late 1980s. The Oregonian recently published an article that reported Jordan will embark on his two-year LDS mission to Taipei, Taiwan, this spring. The 6-foot-4 guard has already accepted a scholarship to play basketball at BYU and will enroll when he returns in 2014.
The Phoenix Examiner recently featured Arizona State sophomore center Jordan Bachynski in an article by Cameron Johnson. The 7-foot-2 Bachynski returned from his mission to South Florida last year. Here are some fun facts about Bachynski: He is the tallest player to ever wear the Sun Devil uniform; he is fluent in Spanish; his wife, Malia, played volleyball at ASU; and his brother Dallin played for Southern Utah in 2009-10 and is now serving a mission in Croatia.
Jabari Parker was the subject of an article The Chicago Sun-Times last week. The 16-year-old junior continues to travel the country with the Simeon High basketball team and garner national media attention as the country’s top recruit. In the article it mentioned Parker’s commitment to attend early morning seminary three times a week.
“It helps me as a teammate and person,” he told Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times. “It helps me to be respectful. I’m just like everybody else. I’m just here to be an example, so they can feed off the good that I have.”
This article in The Olympian tells the story of another basketball-playing returned missionary, Brok Pendleton, a 26-year-old senior at St. Martin’s University in Washington.
Moving to Mormons in baseball, a returned missionary was just traded for a returned missionary, probably a first in baseball. The Colorado Rockies acquired veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for reliever Matt Lindstrom and right-hander Jason Hammel. Articles in the USA Today provided details about the deal. Guthrie served a mission in Spain. Lindstrom served a mission in Sweden.