BYU basketball’s Eric Mika engaged one month after return from LDS mission


BYU basketball’s Eric Mika announced his engagement to Gabrielle Gates on Instagram Wednesday just one month after returning from his LDS mission.

Both Gates and Mika graduated from Lone Peak High School in Highland as well as served in the Rome Italy Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Been real nice being reunited and able to see this girl each day ❤️… #Blessed

A photo posted by Eric Mika (@bigeonetwo) on

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 11.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game during his freshman season at BYU in 2013–14.

Mika is one of four BYU basketball players — including Nick Emery, TJ Haws and Zach Frampton — who were part of Lone Peak High School basketball team that won the 2012–13 MaxPreps national high school basketball championship. All four will play for BYU’s basketball team for the 2016–17 season with Frampton, a 6-foot-3 guard, joining the team as a walk-on after completing his LDS mission in July.

Gates was on the Utah Valley University Cheer Squad from 2013–14.

It’s been an off-season of matrimony for the BYU men’s basketball team. BYU sophomores Nick Emery, Braiden Shaw and Noah Hartsock have been married this summer.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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