EAGLE, Idaho — BYU coach Dave Rose has been committing a lot of guards to his program lately. Players such as Nick Emery, TJ Haws, Jordan Chatman and most recently Cory Calvert all committed within the last two months.
All of them are under 6-foot-4 in height. How about some bigs to even it out?
Well, Rose went about addressing the need for some forwards and centers this past weekend by landing a commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Braiden Shaw.
Shaw will play the four position and maybe a bit of the three spot at BYU. He hails from Eagle, Idaho, which is which is where prized BYU quarterback commit Tanner Mangum lives and attends school.
Mangum helped put Eagle, Idaho on the map with his commitment to BYU. Following his success at the Elite 11 camp this past summer, a lot of people became even more familiar with this northern suburb of Boise, Idaho.
Regardless of Mangum’s attention, however, Shaw didn’t find many recruiters passing through his town.
“Eagle, Idaho isn’t exactly the type of place many coaches go to find basketball recruits,” he said. “(Boise State) knew about me, but that was about it.”
Realizing this, Shaw put together a highlight tape and sent it to his favorite school — BYU.
Soon after sending it in to coach Rose and his staff, the Cougars reciprocated some interest and invited him down to their camp this past June.
“It was my first time down there at their camp and it went great,” said Shaw. “I went up against some great competition and played good enough to be named as the camp MVP.”
BYU’s interest continued in AAU league games that were well-attended by Rose and his staff. The mutual interest by both parties culminated into Shaw taking an unofficial visit to BYU this past weekend.
Following that visit, he was offered a scholarship by Rose. He committed on the spot.
“My dad played for BYU, my mom went to BYU and it’s always been the school I wanted to go to most,” he said regarding his commitment. “I love the spirit of the school and the basketball program. It’s the only place I’ve wanted to play.”
Shaw is just a junior this season and will be signing with BYU in 2013. Upon his graduation from high school that year, he’ll leave immediately for his planned LDS mission before returning to join the team in 2015.
In doing so, he’ll be putting himself on basically the same timeline as standout 2013 commit Nick Emery. For Shaw, that’s a very good thing.
“I was able to meet Nick (Emery) and TJ (Haws) and shoot around with them on Friday while I was down there,” he said. “It was my first time meeting them and we hit it off great. They’re both great players and we’re great friends now. I’m very excited to be able to play with both of them while at BYU.”
When he joins with Emery, Haws and the others, he’ll take part in Rose’s up-tempo system that is one of the biggest draws.
“I absolutely love how coach Rose coaches and how his teams play,” said Shaw. “That’s how I play. I can post-up and I’ve done that a lot in high school, but I feel that I’m better outside and in an up-tempo system and BYU needs some big guys with all the guards they have coming in. I’m just really excited to have a chance to be part of the program.”