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Devoted To Basketball And Religion, McKay Anderson Has To Pick One First

Molly Gray |
May 11, 2013 | 11:13 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

McKay Anderson is a senior at La Verne Lutheran High School. He’s the captain of the basketball squad and has always dreamed of playing in college. Earlier this school year, Anderson was awarded a Division I scholarship to play basketball at Southern Utah University. It was a dream come true, he said. But he had a huge decision to make when looking at the next few years of his life.

Anderson also is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as is customary for Mormons, he wants to serve a two-year mission teaching others about the gospel. So, would he go on his mission before college and delay his basketball career? Or would he play for a year first and then go out and serve?

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