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BYU basketball team lands commitment from Tanner Toolson

Toolson announced his decision Thursday night, choosing BYU over offers from Utah, Utah State and Boise State, among others

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BYU introduces Mark Pope as its new men’s basketball head coach at a press conference at the BYU Broadcast Building in Provo on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The BYU basketball team added another name to its 2020 signing class with the commitment of Tanner Toolson, who announced his decision Thursday night.

Toolson made his commitment on Instagram Live, broadcasting his decision from his sister’s house in Provo, and stated, “It was a really hard option to turn down just because I felt like I fit in the system really well. ... I feel like I can succeed with BYU and keep growing as a player and hopefully be the player I believe I can be.”

Toolson is a 6-foot-5 guard whose father, Andy Toolson, played collegiately at BYU and professionally for several organizations, including the Utah Jazz.

Toolson was recently named the state of Washington’s “Mr. Basketball,” which honors the state’s top basketball performer across all classifications. As a senior at Union High in Vancouver, Toolson averaged just over 23 points per game while leading his team to a 27-1 record.

Toolson was considered a late bloomer in the recruiting process, yet still received several offers from programs such as Utah, Utah State and Boise State, among others. He plans on serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to enrolling at BYU.

“It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for my Savior,” Toolson said in an article published by The Columbian. “Basketball will be there in two years, as well. … I feel that’s really important in my life before I go through the rest of my life.”