March 20, 2008
A&M and BYU won't be strangers
Texas A&M and Brigham Young University are two worlds apart. A&M is nestled in College Station in the heart of the Lone Star state, which happens to be 1,372 miles away from the BYU campus in Provo, Utah. That gap will narrow to nothing as A&M faces BYU Thursday at 6:25 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Despite the distance of the two campuses, the two basketball programs are much closer together than one may think with two BYU players in particular. Junior forward Trent Plaisted is from San Antonio where he played his prep ball for Clark High School. Sophomore guard Jonathan Tavernari played an AAU season with Houston Swoosh and was teammates with current Aggies Chinemelu Elonu and DeAndre Jordan. Current A&M assistant coach Byron Smith coached that team.
A&M junior guard Bryson Graham knows Plaisted well from his days at Warren High School in San Antonio.
"He's a great defender. He's long and athletic. He works hard," Graham said. "Back in high school he was a tenacious defender and he gets after it. He's a hard worker. He was injured his freshman year, and it's amazing to see him come back from that freshman year and see what he's doing now at BYU. It's amazing."
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