Mekeli Wesley Athlete Profile

#15 Mekeli Wesley

Mekeli Wesley
Position: Forward Height: 6-9 Weight: 240 Roster Years: 1996-2001 Hometown: Provo, UT Last School: Provo High School



All-America

  • 2000-01 AP Honorable Mention

Personal

Born February 1979 in Suva, Fiji ... parents are Hiagi and Susan ... recruited by Colorado State, Hawai`i, Washington State, LSU, Marquette, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount ... married to Montell McDonald and they have a son, Keliano John ... recreation management major.

Before BYU

Averaged 21.7 points and 10.8 rebounds at Provo High School ... graduated with a 3.7 GPA and lettered four years .... 1996 and 1997 Region 8 MVP ... three-time all-state selection ... named MVP by Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News ... 1997 Tip-Off Club Prep Athlete of the Year ... selected to represent Western Samoa in National Junior Olympics ... team won state championship in 1995 and 1997 ... played in four national tournaments with Franklin Quest All-Star Team ... coached by Craig Drury (BYU).

Summary

A preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection, Wesley enters his senior year as the only player on the roster to have played in each of head coach Steve Cleveland's three previous seasons ... a three-year starter, he has developed into one of the top players in the Mountain West Conference with good scoring ability from both the post and the perimeter ... he earned second-team All-MWC honors as a junior and was on the WAC Newcomer Team as a freshman ... he has bulked up between his junior and senior seasons and is in the best shape of his career ... he missed part of his sophomore season while attending Salt Lake Community College for a semester and struggled to regain his freshman form ... a team captain, he returned to lead BYU in rebounding and was nine points shy of Lyday in scoring last year ... he will again be asked to provide leadership as a primary scorer and rebounder.

Stats

Year    G-S   FGM-A     Pct  3PM-A   Pct   FT-A     Pct  Reb  Avg   Pts   Avg
97-98  30-29  129-313  .412  18-61  .295  130-168  .774  151  5.0   406  13.5
98-99  19-17   70-168  .417  12-42  .286   57-68   .838   93  4.9   209  11.0
99-00  33-33  192-397  .484  29-78  .372  143-193  .741  192  5.8   556  16.8
Total  82-79  391-878  .445  59-181 .326  330-429  .769  436  5.3  1171  14.3


1996-1997 | Freshman Year

Started every game but New Mexico at Provo ... scored 27 points at Utah State on 10 of 18 shooting ... had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) vs. Washington State ... scored a career-high 31 points vs. Washington (third highest freshman total at BYU) ... chosen MVP of the Cougar Classic ... was 11-12 from the free throw line vs. UTEP ... had 28 points at Utah (11-11 from the free throw line tied a school percentage record) ... had a double-double vs. Air Force (18 points, 10 boards) ... string of 19 consecutive free throws made was broken vs. UNLV ... scored 19 in the upset win over New Mexico in the Pit ... had 31 at UTEP to help Cougars win the regular season triple-overtime finale ... chosen as WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season ... hit 16 free throws (a BYU single game record) including the game winner in the third overtime at UTEP ... led WAC conference games in free throw shooting (77 of 85, .906) ... selected as the team's outstanding offensive player ... All-WAC Newcomer Team.

1997-1998 | Sophomore Year

Returned to the team in December after spending a semester at Salt Lake Community College... tied for second in scoring for the Cougars averaging 11 points a game ... averaged nearly five rebounds a game ... hit a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left to defeat Hawai`i in Honolulu Jan. 16 ... recorded a double-double against San Diego State Feb. 13 ... scored 17 points in Cougars' 90-74 upset victory in WAC Tournament over TCU ... scored season-high 24 points at New Mexico, Jan. 30.

1998-1999 | Junior Year

Wesley was BYU's leading rebounder (5.8 rpg) and second leading scorer (16.8 ppg) as a junior ... named to the Mountain West Conference Second Team ... one of three players to start all 33 games (also Lyday and Vranes) ... finished sixth in the MWC in scoring and had the leagues highest scoring conference game with 34 points vs. Wyoming ... finished the year in 19th place on the all-time BYU scoring list with 1,171 points in three years ... led BYU in scoring for most of the year and scored just nine points less than Terrell Lyday overall ... was BYU's top scorer in 17 games and scored in double figures in 30 of BYU's 33 games, including a string of 18 straight at one point of the season ... scored 20 or more points in 11 games and had one game with more than 30 points ... during BYU's three-game NIT run he scored team-high 10 points at Notre Dame, had 16 points and game-high 9 rebounds vs. Southern Illinois and 13 points and team-best 7 rebounds vs. Bowling Green ... He had a game-high 18 points, including 14 in the first half, and a team-high 7 rebounds vs. AFA ... scored a game-high 25 points at Wyoming ... despite playing on a sprained ankle, he scored a team-high 22 vs. UNLV along with a career-best 6 assists ...had 16 points in 30 minutes vs. UNM and with his 11th point became the 32nd BYU player to reach 1,000 career points and only the eighth to do so as a junior ... hitting two treys to help BYU take an early 18-9 lead, he tied Terrell Lyday with a game-high 14 points at Utah and had a team-best 6 rebounds ... recorded game highs with 15 points and nine rebounds to lead BYU to a 72-50 road win at San Diego State... had 13 points in 21 minutes vs. CSU and scored a career- and conference-play high 34 points vs. Wyoming (he scored 31 points twice as a freshman) and had team highs of 8 rebounds and 4 assists ... totaled game highs of 21 points and 7 rebounds against Utah and scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards against UC Irvine ... had 6 rebounds and scored a game-high 24 points, 16 in the second half, at UCSB ... tallied a game-high 20 points at South Alabama ... averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds to earn MWC Player of the Week honors (Dec. 7-11) and was named the Cougar Classic MVP for the second time in his career (also as freshman) ... recorded his only double-double of the year and fourth of his career with 24 points, 10 rebounds in win over Texas Southern ... scored 26 points in back-to-back games versus Denver and ASU.

1999-2000 | Senior Year

Mountain West Conference Player of the Year...AP All-American (H.M.)...NABC District 13 First Team...MWC Tournament MVP...MWC First Team Selection...MWC All-Tournament Team...Two-time MWC Plyaer of the Week...All-Tourney Team Yahoo Invitational...Chevrolet Player of the Game, NCAA First Round...Dale Rex Memorial Award Winner...lead the team in points (569) and average points per game (17.2)...had a team-high 27 blocks.