Chrisman to Redshirt Basketball Season to Concentrate on Baseball

PROVO -- BYU Head Basketball Coach Steve Cleveland today announced that freshman forward Jacob Chrisman has decided to redshirt next year's basketball season to concentrate on baseball.

A relief pitcher on BYU's baseball team, Chrisman has made five appearances since joining the team after the conclusion of the basketball season. The 6-foot-8 righthander was a two-sport athlete at Provo High School where he was coached by current BYU baseball coach Vance Law.

"I am supportive of Jake's decision and understand his desire to concentrate on baseball," Cleveland said. "Next year is an important time in Jake's baseball career to show professional scouts that he can play at the next level."

Chrisman comes from a baseball family. His father Rick played shortstop in the Cincinnati Reds' organization while his brother Jed and sister Jessica are currently outfielders at the University of Utah and Colorado-Colorado Springs, respectively.

Chrisman played a valuable reserve role on BYU's NCAA tournament team this past season, appearing in 29 of 33 games. He averaging 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10 minutes per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. He recorded career highs of 15 points and eight rebounds.