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BYU basketball: Cory Calvert a good fit for Cougar system

Published: Thursday, Sept. 15 2011 12:41 p.m. MDT

PARKER, Colo. — Before Cory Calvert received BYU coaches Dave Rose and Tim LaComb into his home this past Friday, he had a feeling that it would lead to a commit. Sure enough, Rose and LaComb won him over as he will sign a letter of intent to play basketball at BYU this coming November.

Calvert is a 6-foot-3, 190 combo guard from Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo. He averaged 15.8 points and 3.9 assists per game last season.

Since the seventh grade he’s attended BYU summer camps, building a strong liking for the program. BYU, in turn, showed a lot of interest in him.

Calvert remembers well when Coach Rose came out to see one of his games back in the ninth grade.

“It was something I’ll always remember,” he said. “Just having a coach come out and see you, that meant a lot to me.”

Despite BYU’s interest, they were loath to come through with an offer. Utah State did come through with an offer, however, prompting his commitment to that program during October of last year.

He chose to de-commit from the Aggie program this past summer, as the fit no longer seemed like the right one.

“It just didn’t feel right to me anymore,” he said. “It wasn’t because I was being recruited by other schools — most schools respected my commit to Utah State. I just had a desire to explore other options while still considering Utah State.”

Informing a coach of a de-commit isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Coaching staffs often berate and belittle an athlete for changing his decision.

So how did USU Coach Stew Morrill react?

“He was great about it and was really understanding,” Calvert said. “He was obviously disappointed, but he was encouraging and let me know that they’d still recruit me with the hope that I’d commit again to them.”

Schools such as Colorado State, Denver, San Francisco, Utah and BYU started recruiting him earnestly over the summer. He had plans to go on some official visits, but shortcircuited that process with his BYU commit.

“I just love how Coach Rose talks to you and how him and Coach LaComb were with my family during the visit,” he said. “They were my favorite school before they came and visited, but the visit just sealed the deal right there and I knew without any doubt that BYU was the place for me.”

Calvert’s commit comes on the heels of three other commits just this month with Lone Peak’s TJ Haws and Nick Emery along with Jordan Chatman, who committed just last week. With all four basketball commits being guards, the thought might be that the Cougar backcourt is getting a bit too crowded.

While there will be some separation between himself and Emery and Haws, he’ll be on the exact same timeline as Chatman. He’ll graduate this school year, leave immediately for his planned LDS mission and return at almost the same time as Chatman.

Despite that, Calvert doesn’t believe that BYU is over-signing at the guard position.

“With the type of offense Coach Rose plays, not at all,” he said. “I can play either to the 1 or the 2 guard position, and so can all the rest of the guys. They’re also great players, and you want to play with great players. I don’t think it’s an issue at all with all of us playing guard. Coach Rose likes to push the tempo and use three guard lineups, so we should all fit in well with what he likes to do.”

Like most of the nation, Calvert became a huge fan of Jimmer Fredette. In watching Fredette play and with the freedom Rose gave him to play, he feels that fits him just perfectly.

“Coach Rose has a lot of confidence in his players and trusts them a lot to make the right decisions,” he said. “You saw that with Jimmer, and I love that about him. There is a lot of freedom to create your own shots and push the tempo, which makes it a really fun system. It’s exactly the type of system that I want to play in.”

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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