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New BYU coach Mark Pope makes a recruiting trip to West Africa, then parts ways with another signee

New BYU coach Mark Pope and Wasatch Academy forward Bernardo Da Silva have “mutually agreed” to release each other from the National Letter of Intent they signed last November, Wasatch Academy coach David Evans confirmed Thursday. Evans declined further comment on that particular situation.

The separation was first reported by Utah County sports radio station ESPN 960, although The Salt Lake Tribune has reported in several recent articles that the breakup was likely to happen.

Da Silva, who is 6-foot-9 but has a 7-2 wingspan, is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and played for the private boarding school in Mount Pleasant the past three seasons.