(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah – Chaparral High’s Cory Calvert will join the BYU basketball team for the 2012-13 season, BYU head coach Dave Rose
announced Friday. Calvert, who signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10, 2011, plans to leave on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following his freshman campaign.
“I was really hoping I’d be able to play a year before going on a mission and get the college experience,” Calvert said. “Coach Rose told me that he wanted me to play on this year’s team and I’m definitely excited that it worked out.”
The Denver Post and MaxPreps.com named Calvert, a 6-foot-3 guard, the 2012 5A MVP in Colorado while he also earned first-team all-state, the Continental League Player of the Year and the Joint Effort Co-Player of the Year. He led Chaparral High School to the 5A state championship and a 25-3 record while averaging 22.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Calvert, who turns 19 in October, had planned to serve a mission prior to enrolling at BYU.
“With my birthday being late in the year I wouldn’t have been able to leave on my mission until the fall,” Calvert said. “It would have been tough to come back right before the season to get ready to play so I’m really happy it worked out that I can play this year. I’m super excited to be a part of this team and contribute in any way that I can.”
As a junior, Calvert averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 boards and 3.9 assists and earned first-team All-Continental League and honorable mention all-state honors. His sophomore season he averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists and was named second-team all-league.
With the addition of Calvert, Rose has added depth at every position to the 2012-13 roster. Calvert, a combo guard, can play the point and shooting guard positions. Returned missionary Tyler Haws and junior college transfer Raul Delgado (Western Nebraska Junior College) add depth on the wings. Another junior college transfer Agustin Ambrosino (Salt Lake Community College) gives Rose another option in the post.