Utah Valley Athletics

BYU freshman center Eric Mika recently received his two-year mission call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is headed to Rome, Italy, and leaves May 14.

In light of Mika's departure, we thought it would be interesting to see how many returned missionaries are playing college basketball this season.

This list, which is not all-inclusive, is made up of four-year universities and colleges at all levels of competition, from Division I down to NAIA.

The list includes 12 Dixie State players, 10 from Utah Valley, nine from Westminster, eight from Southern Virginia, and seven at BYU. There are five returned missionaries playing for Utah State, three at Utah and Alaska Anchorage, two at Southern Utah, two at BYU-Hawaii, two at William Penn (one is a returned sister missionary), and one each at Arizona State, Stanford, UNLV, Fresno State, Pacific, Ohio, Weber State, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount, Montana State-Billings and Colgate.

If you know of a returned missionary college basketball player at a four-year school we have missed, please send an email to ttoone@deseretnews.com with the name of the player, his team and where he served his mission.

Ben Aird
Utah Valley Athletics

(No. 34) Utah Valley, Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS), Sr., center.

Served in Spokane, Wash.

Jared Attridge
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Deer Park, Wash. (Deer Park HS), Fr., guard.

Served in Concepcion, Chile.

Nate Austin
Deseret News Archive

BYU, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Jr., forward.

Served in McAllen, Texas.

Dallin Bachynski
Deseret News Archive

(No. 31) Utah, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Winston Churchhill HS/Southern Utah), Jr., center.

Served in Croatia.

Jordan Bachynski
Associated Press

Arizona State, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Centennial HS), Jr., center.

Served in Miami.

Danny Berger
Deseret News Archive

(No. 12) Utah State, Medford, Ore., (North Medford HS/Chemeketa CC), Jr., guard/forward.

Served in Detroit.

Taylor Brown
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Sr., guard.

Served in Brazil.

Mitch Bruneel
Utah Valley Athletics

(No. 15) Utah Valley, Boise, Idaho (Eagle HS/Utah State), Jr., forward.

Served in Cebu, Philippines.

Elliott Bullock
Stanford Athletics

Stanford, Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS), Jr., center.

Served in Houston.

Kayden Calder
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Rich, Utah (Rich HS), Fr., guard.

Served in Washington (Spanish speaking).

Ben Canevari
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Murray, Utah (Cottonwood HS), Jr., center.

Served in Birmingham, Ala.

Cory Cardwell
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Riverton, Utah (Riverton HS), So., guard.

Served in Philadelphia.

Jayson Cheesman
SUU Athletics

Southern Utah, Orem, Utah (Mountain View HS/SLCC), Sr., center.

Served in San Jose, Calif.

Landon Clegg
Dixie State Athletics

(No. 30) Dixie State, Cedar Hills, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Sr., guard/forward.

Served in Hamburg, Germany.

Kyle Collinsworth
Deseret News Archive

BYU, Provo, Utah (Provo HS), So., guard.

Served in Russia.

Jacob Craft
UAA Athletics

Alaska Anchorage, Sandy, Utah (Jordan HS/Central Wyoming College), Fr., forward.

Served in Norway.

Kyle Davis
Deseret News Archive

(right) Utah State, Draper, Utah (Alta HS/SUU), So., forward.

Served in Michigan.

Preston Eaton
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Mapleton, Utah (Central Wyoming CC), Jr., guard.

Served in Concepcion, Chile.

Adam Egan
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS), Jr., guard.

Served in Kentucky and Indiana.

Nate Ensign
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, American Fork, Utah (American Fork HS), Fr., center.

Served in Jackson, Miss.

Keawe Enos
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain HS/Mesa CC), Sr., guard.

Served in Jackson, Miss.

Brenden Evans
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Sonora, Calif. (Sonora HS/Modesto JC), Jr., forward.

Served in Mexico City, Mexico.

Casey Evans
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Morgan, Utah (Morgan HS), So., guard.

Served in Jacksonville, Fla.

Wesley Evans
Southern Virginia Athletics

(No. 4) Southern Virginia, Crystal Lake, Ill., (Crystal Lake South HS), Jr., forward.

Served in Salt Lake City.

Chase Flint
Associated Press

(No. 23) Loyola Marymount, Fruit Heights, Utah (Davis HS/Eastern Utah, Jr., guard.

Served in Rosario, Argentina.

Scott Friel
BYU-Hawaii Athletics

BYU-Hawaii, Riverton, Utah (Riverton HS), So., guard.

Served in Romania.

Josh Fuller
Weberstatesports.com

Weber State, Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS/Utah), Fr., forward.

Served in Chile.

Louis Garrett
Dixie State Athletics

(Left) Dixie State, St. George, Utah (Pine View HS/Southern Idaho/SLCC/San Jose State), Sr., forward.

Served in Borneo.

Hayes Garrity
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Beaverton, Ore. (Westview HS/Big Bend CC), So., guard.

Served in Louisville, Ky.

Ryan Graves
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, Huntsville, Utah (Weber HS), So., guard.

Served in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nick Gruninger
Milka Soko

UC Riverside, Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS/Snow College), Jr., guard.

Served in the Philippines.

Dalton Groskreutz
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, Santa Clara, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), Sr., forward.

Served in Eugene, Ore.

Skyler Halford
Deseret News Archive

(No. 23) BYU, Orem, Utah (Salt Lake Community College), Jr., guard.

Served in Brazil.

Nathan Harries
Colgate University

Colgate, Alpharetta, Ga. (Centennial HS), Jr., center.

Served in North Carolina.

Sean Harris
USU Athletics

Utah State, Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS/Yuba CC), Sr., forward.

Served in Honduras.

Trevin Harris
Associated Press

(Jumping) Pacific, Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood HS/Western Wyoming CC), Sr., forward.

Served in Southern California.

Tyler Haws
Deseret News Archive

BYU, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Jr., guard.

Served in the Philippines.

Aaron Hiatt
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Kernersville, N.C., (Kernersville, HS), So., forward.

Served in Monterrey, Mexico.

Cody Hosier
Southern Virginia Athletics

(shooting) Southern Virginia, Alamo, Nev. (Pahranagat Valley HS), Fr., guard.

Served in Tokyo, Japan.

Holton Hunsaker
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, North Salt Lake, Utah (Woods Cross HS), Sr., guard.

Served in Suva, Fiji.

Jaren Jeffrey
SUU Athletics

Southern Utah, Delta, Utah (Delta HS), Sr., forward.

Served in Brazil.

Nick Jenson
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Bakersfield, Calif. (Salt Lake CC), Jr., forward.

Served in Brazil.

Andrew Johnston
Deseret News Archive

BYU, St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), So., guard.

Served in Osorno, Chile.

Corey Jones
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Sandy, Utah (Cottonwood HS), So., forward.

Served in Minneapolis, Minn.

Kyle Lund
Southern Virginia Athletics

Southern Virginia, Eureka, Calif. (Academy of the Redwood), Sr., guard.

Served in Brazil.

Stephen Matthews
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Fairfax, Va. (St. Mary's College, Md.), Jr. forward.

Served in Washington.

Brad Mears
UAA Athletics

Alaska Anchorage, South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS/Snow College), Jr., forward/center.

Served in the California Roseville mission.

Chris Melville
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Orem, Utah (Timpanogos HS), Fr., forward.

Served in Hawaii.

Robbie Mitchell
BYU-Hawaii Athletics

BYU-Hawaii, Kennewick, Wash. (Kennewick HS), Jr., guard.

Served in Brazil.

Colton Moon
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Burley, Idaho (Burley HS), Jr., guard.

Served in Ukraine.

Tyler Nelson
Montana State-Billings Athletics

Montana State-Billings, Roosevelt, Utah (Union HS/Central Wyoming College), Jr., center.

Served in the El Salvador San Salvador Mission.

Zach Nelson
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS), Fr., forward.

Served in Lubbock, Texas.

Isaac Neilson
cougarsportsline.blogspot.com

BYU, Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo HS), Fr., center.

Served in Birmingham, Ala.

Robbie Nielson
Dixie State Athletics

(Right) Dixie State, Gresham, Ore. (Barlow HS/Snow College), So., guard/forward.

Served in El Salvador.

Viko Noma'aea
USU Athletics

Utah State, Las Vegas (Sierra Vista Mountain HS), Fr., guard.

Served in Paris.

Jeremy Olsen
Deseret News Archive

Utah, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill HS), So., center.

Served in England.

Curtis Papenfuss
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, Happy Valley, Ore. (Clackamas HS), Sr., forward.

Served in Argentina.

Kimball Payne
Dixie State Athletics

(No. 10) Dixie State, Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Sr., guard.

Served in Argentina.

Jordan Rex
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), Jr., center.

Served in Washington, D.C.

Zach Robbins
Dixie State Athletics

(Left) Dixie State, Upland, Calif. (Upland HS), Jr., forward/center.

Served in Columbus, Ohio.

Tallon Robertson
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS/Western Wyoming), Sr., forward.

Served in Texas.

Eli Robison
Utah Valley Athletics

Utah Valley, Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., forward.

Served in Ukraine.

Michael Salazar
Fresno State Athletics

Fresno State, Springville, Utah (Westminster College), Jr., guard.

Served in Houston.

Braden Saunders
Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State, Morgan, Utah (Morgan HS), Fr., guard/forward.

Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mason Sawyer
Dixie State Athletics

(No. 12) Dixie State, West Jordan, Utah (West Jordan HS/Snow College), So., guard.

Served in Alabama.

Josh Sharp
Deseret News Archive

(No. 12) BYU, Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS/University of Utah), Jr., forward.

Served in Houston.

Blake Skidmore
Westminster Athletics

Westminster, Mud Lake, Idaho, (Big Bend), Sr., guard.

Served in England.

Teancum Stafford
UAA Athletics

Alaska Anchorage, Auburn, Wash. (Auburn HS/Snow College), Jr., guard.

Served in Southern California.

Tyler Stahle
Statesmenathletics.com

William Penn, Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS/Hartnell CC), So., guard/forward.

Served in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission.

Tyler's wife, Dani Stahle, plays for the women's team at William Penn.

Dani Stahle
Statesmenathletics.com

William Penn, South Weber, Utah (Southern Utah/Rocky Mountain), Sr., guard.

Served in Romania.

Her husband, Tyler Stahle, plays for the men's team at William Penn.

Jordan Stone
Deseret News Archive

Utah State, Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), Jr., center.

Served in New York City.

Connor Van Brocklin
runninutes.com

Utah, Fruit Heights, Utah (Davis HS/Snow College), Jr., guard.

Served in South Korea.

Dantley Walker
Deseret News Archive

UNLV, Panaca, Nev. (Lincoln County HS), Fr., guard.

Served in Spokane, Wash.

Travis Wilkins
Associated Press

(No. 24) Ohio, Springfield, Mo., (Willard HS/Snow College), Sr., guard.

Served in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.