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No one associated with Timpview High seems to be exempt from hearing the talk. Even school receptionist Linda Pierce hears comments like, "I hear Timpview's had a good recruiting year."

By now Pierce has her standard reply down. "We recruit only the very best," she says with a laugh.But for some coaches who have complained there's something foul going on, there's nothing funny about what's happening with the boys basketball program at Timpview.

It's no secret the T-Birds (top ranked in 4A) have been the benefeciary of a few players who have changed their addresses.

Friday night Timpview improved to 4-0 on the year with a win over 5A's second-ranked team, Mountain View. Nate Cooper, who broke into Mountain View's varsity lineup as a sophomore and starred for the Bruins as a junior, paced Timpview with 18 points.

Just how Cooper and other players ended up at Timpview is becoming a hot topic for discussion.

Last year Timpview made a run at the state championship before losing to Sky View in the semifinals and finishing fourth in the state tournament.

The only players who made an impact at the varsity level off last year's team were Dan Cranney, Dan Brooks and Trent Church, and none of them started.

But then this year's team began to take shape. Cooper decided he was moving from Mountain View to Timpview, and when the T-Birds started the summer league, Cooper was the team's point guard.

Arizona State assistant coach Lynn Archibald accepted a job at BYU and moved to Provo. His son Beau decided to spend his senior year at Timpview.

Ryan Davis applied for a hardship case to come to Timpview. Davis was having his share of problems at Wasatch and got the Utah High School Activites Association to approve his case. So even though he still lives in Heber, he's attending Timpview.

The T-Birds then had two more players move in from California; both have quietly arrived without much attention. Kyle Kuemmerle came from Torrey Pines High School. Kuemmerle, a junior, will likely spend the season playing in junior vasity games. Dallas Jolley was the other move-in, but the 6-7 Jolley didn't even make the team.

There's another guy who's a new face to many - it's Frank Afa.

Afa is from Hawaii. After his father passed away, he came to live with relatives in Provo. Since he wasn't living with his mother, Afa was ineligible to play last year as a junior, so he spent the year, dominating junior varsity games.

Altogether, they make up the new-look T-Birds, and they aren't going over well with some.

"I've heard a lot of people say we recruit, but I know it's not true," said Timpview coach Don Chamberlain. "It's a bunch of gossip. People say I promised Cooper and Arichibald they would start if they came here. I never promised them anything. They came to me. I haven't done anything to get them to come here."

Timpview coaches admit they're fortunate, but talk of cheating and recruiting gets their feathers ruffled.

"I know there are coaches who think that we're recruiting," said Timpview assistant coach Perry Wildeboer. "But the same coaches who are outraged the most are the ones who called Cooper and asked him to come to their school. We never contacted him (Cooper). He actually came to us his junior year and wanted to come here, but we said it would probably be best to go back to Mountain View.

"I think people would get a better understanding of each case if they knew the circumstances with each one."

The circumstances around Cooper, Timpview's biggest name, have received the most attention. Cooper was unhappy at Mountain View and doesn't like to talk about the specific reasons why he left other than that he wanted to play for Chamberlain.

According to Wildeboer, Archibald came to Timpview after his father, Lynn, polled several coaches and asked what Utah County school would be best for Beau. The majority said Timpview, a school Beau was already high on because of a friendship he had developed with Cooper.

"The Davis case is the one I think people are most upset over because he still lives in Heber," Chamberlain said. "I didn't know anything about what was going on. I didn't even know who he was. He had some problems up there and decided to come to Timpview whether he was going to play basketball or not."

While Timpview has been fortunate to have players who could help the team out immediately, there is also the potential for problems.

Guys like Cranney and Brooks, who have been in Timpview's program since they were freshmen, will likely see less playing time this year as a result of the newcomers. So far it hasn't been a problem. "I don't mind. You look better with Cooper on your team whether you're scoring or not," Cranney said.

Brooks agrees. "You always want to be on a team that wins, and all of the seniors are getting playing time. A guy like Cooper can take a lot of pressure off the rest of us."

Despite the recent influx of move-ins, Chamberlain says it's not a pattern that's likely to continue. "In the 17 years or so that I've been here, I can only think of two players who've moved in as seniors and made a contribution to our team. This year, alone we have three."