PROVO — There will be no surprises in the Marriott Center tonight.
The BYU Cougars, in their final exhibition game before the games that count start next Friday, host Division II BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders are coached by Ken Wagner, whom BYU coach Dave Rose coached with at Dixie State, and assistant John Wardenburg, who left the Cougars this past spring after coaching with Rose for 14 years.
"It will be interesting, because they know all our tricks, so we'll have to play well because we can't trick them," Rose said.
Actually, neither coach is worried much about what the other team plans to do because they're each is concerned with the progress of his own team as the regular season approaches.
Rose wants to see more from his wing players, as he assesses which players will get most of the minutes at the 3 position, and from returned missionaries Chris Collinsworth and Nick Martineau as he decides on a back-up point guard and a front-line rotation.
"Right now, it looks like we have guys who are pretty good in different situations, but we're looking for the one or two guys who can be consistent in all situations," Rose said of the battle at the 3 spot.
Rose made sure everyone played about equal minutes in BYU's first exhibition against Laval. He was impressed with how every player stayed within the Cougars' offensive and defensive systems in their first contest of the season.
"I was pleased with the depth of our team," he said.
Tonight he'll be looking more at how specific lineups play together.
"I think this (game) will be a little bit more toward situations with groups that we want to see, combinations of groups of guys that we want to play," Rose said.
The Seasiders, ranked No. 24 in Division II, are coming off a 22-6 season in which they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA D-II Tournament. They return four starters — forwards Marques Whippy and Rory Patterson and guards Heath Gameren and Jet Chang.
"I know they have a really good team," Rose said.4 comments on this story
REDSHIRTS: Rose is likely to decide early next week whether to redshirt any players this season. Most likely, with only 13 roster players, the only candidate is freshman guard Anson Winder. If Martineau and freshman combo-guard Kyle Collinsworth can provide enough depth at the guard spots, Winder might be more valuable to the Cougars down the road — after seniors Emery and Jimmer Fredette have graduated, and when Collinsworth leaves on an LDS Church mission next year.
WALK-ONS: Every season Rose holds a tryout for students who want to be part of BYU's practice squad. This season, he selected Craig Cusick from Orem High, Tim Cavanaugh from Florida, and Andrew Topham from Las Vegas to work out each day with the Cougars.
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