PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball fans won’t see Collin Chandler for two years. The announced Farmington High star, who won Gatorade Player of the Year honors, will serve a mission in Sierra Leone, West Africa, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before moving on. enroll in BYU.
Chandler leaves for the Missionary Training Center in Provo on July 25.
One of the common things for Latter-day Saint missionaries when called on a mission is to have their hair cut without maintenance.
I’m going to shave my head for 2 years in a row if anyone can get it @CoachMarkPope to grow while I’m gone. LMK if the cougar nation is in on it
— collin chandler (@collinchand13r) May 23, 2022
On Twitter, Chandler addressed the idea of what he could do with his curled locks while on the mission. But it was in the form of a fun challenge for his future head coach, BYU chief Mark Pope.
Chandler wrote, “I’ll shave my head for 2 years straight if anyone can get @CoachMarkPope to grow while I’m gone. LMK if the cougar nation is in on it.
Since taking over as head coach of BYU in 2019, Mark Pope has always sported a shaved and bald head. But it was not always so for Pope. When he was an assistant on Dave Rose’s team, he sported hair. Additionally, the former national champion from Kentucky rocked his hair during his playing days in the NBA and with the Wildcats.
Pope had fun with the challenge posed by Chandler. The fourth-year coach shared photoshopped photos of Chandler sporting new haircuts with his own question for Cougar Nation.
“What haircut will @collinchand13r be when he tears up the Big 12,” Pope asked.
Photoshopped images included Chandler with a horseshoe hairline, a bald look, and his current haircut.
Chandler is the 31st overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the Class of 2022. So if there’s anyone to inspire Pope to grow hair, it might have been Chandler who chose BYU over the Utah, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon and Gonzaga.
Chandler is one of three players to sign with BYU in the 2022 recruiting round. The others are Coastal Carolina transfer Rudi Williams and Braeden Moore from Donda Academy. Williams and Moore will join BYU for the 2022-23 season.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.