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Question: Where did you name come from? Is there any special meaning behind it?
Answer: When my grandfather was born, his parents wanted to use the maiden names of his grandparents, so they took the names Garner and Beardall and put them together. My father is Garner Beardall Meads Jr. and I'm Garner Beardall Meads III.
Question: Some say you're the most eligible bachelor on the team. What's your reaction to that statement?
Answer: I'm definitely eligible. That's kind of embarrassing. I don't know what else to say other than I'm definitely not taken.
Question: What's going to be different for you now that you're a year removed from your mission?
Answer: I think knowing the system, having been in it and knowing what to expect is a huge benefit. That first year back from a mission is really hard because you're learning a lot and there are a lot of new experiences you haven't had yet. Being able to know what to expect is huge.
Question: How's your conditioning and endurance compared to a year ago?
Answer: I did have some abdominal surgery in June to repair some torn abdominals I played with last year. So I'm not where I want to be. I don't think I'm as far behind as when I came home from the mission though.
Question: What's your best memory here at BYU?
Answer: It would have to be both the Utah and Air Force games in the Marriott Center last year. It was very exciting, just a total adrenaline rush from start to finish.
Question: What's your favorite childhood memory of basketball?
Answer: I was playing in a Butler Middle School Junior Jazz league. I started playing with my friends in second grade. One of our dads coached us. I was horrible. I watched some of the videotapes and there was one game I think I airballed like 10 lay-ups. The highest point total I ever scored on that team was like five or six points. But it was a lot of fun to be with all my friends.
Question: What are your expectations for yourself this season?
Answer: First of all, to get healthy and play healthy. I was injured most of last season. I want to help the team out a little more offensively and continue to play hard on defense.