BYU Basketball is two months away from the start of the college basketball regular season – their regular season opener is Nov. 9 against Cleveland State – and the team has been practicing at the Marriott Center while the center of drive completes renovations.
Utah jazz coach Quin Snyder was on the BYU campus on Tuesday and was arrested by BYU training, multiple sources have confirmed to me. Quinn Snyder grew up in Mercer Island, Washington, 10 minutes from Newport High School where Mark Pope prepared in Bellevue, Washington. Snyder graduated from Mercer Island HS in 1985 and Pope graduated from HS six years later in 1991, but the two coaches share the connection with the Seattle area.
BYU guard Te’Jon Lucas said on his Instagram account that Snyder shared a story of Pope dunking 360 windmills at the time.
Snyder stayed at the BYU practice and spoke to the team. Pope has many connections during his six-year career in the NBA and used them and the Seattle bond to get Snyder to train. Snyder could tour local colleges, but regardless, it’s always good for the team to have an NBA head coach in the gym.
For the latest news on BYU, you can get the most up-to-date look at BYU schedule here. BYU is close to finalizing its non-conference schedule, which I expect they will release next week.