Rose, Meads Named MWC Scholar-Athletes

Mike Rose (above) and Garner Meads were two of the four men's basketball players from MWC teams be named MWC Scholar-Athletes. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Mike Rose and Garner Meads were named 2004-05 Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athletes Monday.

Rose, a 6-foot-2 guard from Houston, maintains a 3.56 grade point average in pre management. As a sophomore this past season, Rose made a team-leading 56 three-point field goals and was fourth on the team in scoring at 7.7 points per game while appearing in all 30 contests, including seven starts.

Meads boasts a 3.81 GPA in pre exercise science. The 6-foot-8 forward announced in June that he would be unable to continue his playing career because of the ongoing recovery process from injuries. A junior academically, the Salt Lake City native was limited by several injuries during his sophomore season in 2004-05, appearing in 18 games with nine starts while averaging 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds, the team's third-best rebounding average.

Rose and Meads are two of the four men's basketball players from MWC teams to earn the high academic honor, joined by New Mexico's Troy DeVries and Utah's Chris Jackson.

To be eligible for selection as a MWC Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have completed at least two or three quarters at the certifying institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have competed in at least one varsity contest in their respective sport.

BYU had 71 student-athletes recognized as MWC Scholar-Athletes in 2004-05, highlighted by two-sport athlete Lindsey Metcalf, who was named the 2005 MWC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Metcalf competed in both volleyball and track and field for the Cougars.

Other BYU teams to have its student-athletes recognized included women's track and field (20 scholar-athletes), men's track and field team (19), men's swimming and diving (8), women's swimming and diving (8), baseball (7), women's softball (2), men's tennis (1), women's tennis (1), women's basketball (1), men's golf (1) and women's golf (1).

New Mexico had a league-leading 86 scholar-athletes. After BYU, Utah had 69, followed by Wyoming (51), UNLV (46), San Diego State (37), Colorado State (30) and Air Force (28).