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On Payton Dastrup and BYU

Posted by on July 24, 2012 – 2:11 pm

Mountain View boys basketball power forward Payton Dastrup picked up a scholarship offer from Brigham Young recently, which seemed all but inevitable after the strides he has made in the past few months.

Many believe another inevitability will be Dastrup’s eventual commitment to the Cougars because of his Latter-day Saints religious affiliation and family ties to the school. For now, though, Payton is still analyzing his options, his father, David, said.

“It’s a possibility just like everybody else is a possibility,” David Dastrup said. “I don’t think he’s in any rush.”

Payton wasn’t sure he would get offered a scholarship by BYU because of the depth of the 2014 class.  Once he did, David asked him his thoughts.

“It doesn’t make any difference,” Payton told him. “I’m still going to take my time and do what I need to do.”

David Dastrup said hometown schools Arizona State and Arizona are still intriguing to Payton, and things could be further complicated if more prominent programs offer him a scholarship. Ohio State, Florida and Kansas have shown interest recently and would like to see him play live. Dastrup also holds offers from Oregon State, Utah, USC, Virginia and others.

David Dastrup didn’t deny the lure of BYU, but Payton’s recruitment may still have some twists and turns left.

“I can’t say he won’t choose (BYU) eventually, but there’s nothing to say it’s a lock,” David Dastrup said.

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  • Trey Jones says:

    Obviously everyone is intrigued with Dastrup’s size and ability to
    run the floor. But he has a long way to go offensively. He struggles to score
    against his teammates in pickup games. It will be interesting to see if he
    has the work ethic to improve his skills.

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