BY KEN DRIGGS, DESERET NEWS COUGAR GUEST BLOGGER
Tyler Haws’ selection to the USA World University Games roster is a feather in BYU’s hat. There have been some BYU foreign players who represented their country, like Charles Abouo, but Haws is only the fourth BYU basketball player to represent the USA in this international competition.
The other three were Craig Raymond (1967), Fred Roberts (1981) and Devin Durrant (1983). Roberts and Durrant came to BYU together in one of Frank Arnold’s great recruiting classes, which included the colorful Steve Trumbo. That recruiting class followed the prize recruit landed by Arnold and his staff, Danny Ainge from Oregon.
Craig “Stretch” Raymond came to BYU as a non-LDS 6-foot-11 center from the state of Washington. Raymond and future pro center Jim Eakins combined with Orville Fisher to feature three centers just under 7 feet tall.
Raymond was my roommate and has since served as an LDS bishop in the San Diego area. He played in Italy for a year, then played with the Philadelphia 76ers, who had drafted him in the NBA first round. He also played in the American Basketball Association with a spectacular stint as center for the Los Angeles Stars, who took the favored Indiana Pacers to six games in the ABA Championship Series.
Raymond’s teammates on the 1967 World University Games championship team included All-Americans Wes Unseld and Jo Jo White. The games were played in Tokyo but the team practiced in San Francisco, and I was able to be there with Raymond and his new bride, Carolyn Bodily, who was the inspiration for his LDS conversion.
My wife Kerry and I were just across the bay with our new baby Kevin in San Leandro. I was working for the city there after getting my public administration master’s degree at BYU. One huge highlight of our San Leandro experience was to have in my Sunday School class a bright and outstanding young 15-year-old, David Bednar. As they say, the rest is history.
Ken Driggs of Mesa, Ariz., is a BYU graduate and served as Cosmo in the ’60s. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.