MEN'S BASKETBALL: BYU men's basketball recruit Luiz de Toledo has decided to pursue a professional basketball, BYU coach Dave Rose said Thursday.

"Luiz has decided to play professionally in Brazil this season," Rose said. "As a coaching staff, we had looked forward to working with him at BYU, but we respect his decision and wish him the very best."

A native of Araraquara, Brazil, de Toledo signed a national letter of intent last November and was expected to enroll at BYU this fall. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward recently completed his senior season at Modesto Christian High School in Modesto, Calif.

Mountain West

WOMEN'S SOCCER: BYU was picked first and Utah second in the 2006 Mountain West Conference preseason women's soccer poll released Wednesday. In a vote by the league's coaches, BYU received four first-place votes (46 points overall), while Utah received three first-place votes (44). The Utes won the 2005 regular-season title.